DENR’s reforestation threatens IPs in Isabela

BAGUIO CITY — “Umay dagiti DENR, ipapilit da nga agmula kami iti kayo kadagiti namulaan mi iti saba, mais, pagay ken dadduma pay nga kayo nga agbungbunga iti prutas. Kalpasanna ket maideklara a bagi ti DENR ti daga. Awan mabalin mi gaputa awan titulo mi. Kasano kami ngay nga agnanaed kadagiti masakupan ti NGP Projects, awan papanan mi a dadduma. Agbisin dagiti pamilya mi.” (The DENR came and forced us to plant trees within our banana, rice, corn fields and other fruit-bearing trees. After planting the seedlings, DENR declares that the land is theirs. We cannot do anything because we do not have titles. As people living in NGP-project areas we are deeply concerned, we have nowhere to go. Our families will go hungry.)


Cordillera elders reaffirm lead role in the defense of land, life

BAGUIO CITY — With their undying commitment, more than 70 tribal leaders and elders from the different indigenous communities of the Cordillera Region came together to reaffirm and strengthen their resolve to lead the fight for the defense of the land and the people’s right to life and resources.

4th Kongreso ti Binnadang naisayangkat

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Naballigi nga naisayangkat ti maika upat a kongreso ti Binnadang (Babbai Ipinget ti Nailian Naregta a Dangadang) idi Setyembre 16 – 17, 2015 idiay Longid’s Hall Diocesian Center, Chico Building, Poblacion Bontoc, Mountain Province. Dinar-ayan daytoy dagiti representatibo ti sektor ti kababaihan iti naduma duma nga barangay ken organisasyon ti babbai iti Montanyosa.

R4E launches chapter at UP Baguio

BAGUIO CITY — On September 30, 2015, Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance Metro-Baguio launches another chapter at the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio Auditorium.

Karapatan conducts HR orientation

RIZAL, Cagayan — Human rights group reinforced the knowledge of Aggays and Malaweg tribes of Zinundungan Valley against human rights violations during the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) held by Karapatan CV in barangay San Juan.

SAF kin welcome filing of cases vs MILF, BIFF

BAGUIO CITY — At least the wheels of justice started to roll. This was the reaction of the kin of the Cordillerans as 90 respondents were charged at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the massacre of the 44 SAF commandoes in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25

Former Baguio designer suggests consultative body

BAGUIO CITY — According to a former city planner of Baguio, it will truly be benecial for the City Government to include a consultative body with some members from the different sectors to help study or scrutinize development plans for the city before its implementation.

Enhancing our indigenous practices with vermiculture

I grew up in an agricultural community where life is close to nature and schooling was like an escape from the hard work in the fields. It was part of my daily routine to wake up early to do house chores. After school, I ran home to change clothes and gear for harvesting camote tops or other vegetables for supper and the next day’s meal. It was hard and frugal but it was also an enjoyable life that I always treasure.


Louie Jalandoni, Revolutionary: Isang rebyu

Ang librong Louie Jalandoni, Revolutionary: An Illustrated Biography ay isang pagsasalaysay sa tinahak na landas at ang transpormasyon ng isang pambihira at kahanga-hangang buhay ni Ka Louie, ang chief negotiator ng National Democratic Front (NDF) sa usaping pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng NDF at ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas.


Makan a la Pinoy: Tinola a pampano

Idi, kunak no manok laeng ti mabalin nga itinola. Bayat a lumawlawa iti exposure iti kultura, umad-adu met dagiti mataktakuatan ken maad-adal maipanggep iti kultura. Umad-adu pay dagiti maramramanan a taraon a saan a kadawyan kaniak.


Editorial: Tribal Filipino Sunday

Every second Sunday of October is Indigenous People’s Sunday or Tribal Filipino Sunday of old as declared a yearly event in 1978 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. It aimed to call attention to the plight of the indigenous peoples of the country whose issues by then were beginning to catch more exposure through media. The Church has also come to recognize the truth of the role it played in the conquest and centuries of historical oppression against these first peoples.


From Under This Hat: Alcadev reflections

I had the opportunity to see Alcadev (Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development) in Sitio Diatagon, Barangay Han-ayan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur during the meeting d’ avance of the Katribu Partylist-Mindanao in April 2013.

Pagdapilan: K12, balbalatong aya?

Kumusta lakay? Di mo met inyawis diay pinaburek mo nga balatong. Ngem haan ka agdanag ta uray nu kasta ket haan met a maupay ti riknak kenka. Aggayyem ta latta! Ala, ituloy tan tay istoryaan ta maipanggep iti K12.


Revolutionary teachers celebrate World Teachers’ Day

The Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan (KGM) – Cordillera will be celebrating World Teachers Day on October 5, 2015 with high militancy and revolutionary spirit by upholding its commitment in creating a better society not only for teachers but also for the peasantry, working class and other oppressed sectors in the country.


Weekly Reflections: God is CCTV, but CCTV is not God

One of the most important technological developments in recent times is the invention of the closed-circuit television or CCTV. Police authorities are saying that CCTV has been very helpful in crime solution and prevention. Many crimes have been solved with the help of this modern gadget. The CCTV is also known as video surveillance system. It is often used for surveillance in areas that may need monitoring, like banks, casinos, airports, military installations, convenience stores, and other crime-prone areas. It uses video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place on a limited set of monitors.


Women’s Front: Flowers for Flora, a tribute

In Roman mythology, Flora is goddess of flowering plants. Biology says that flora are the plants of a particular region, habitat or geological period. It is part of the work of social scientists to take into account the flora and fauna of a community or a region being important in determining the biological materials that is life-sustaining for the people and that needs to be defended. My grandma, Irene Lubang Kinaud (she went to life eternal in 1995) is one of Flora’s godparents. I wonder if my grandma knew about that as a meaning of Auntie Flora’s name. Those who know the mythological and biological meaning of flora and know Auntie Flora would find the definition very much fitting of Manang Flora’s personality. Flora is full of life. Flora is as pretty as a flower and she is blooming all the time as a person, as a woman, as a mother, of course as a wife to Paul, as a sister, as an aunt, as a friend and a colleague, as a social worker and as an activist. Anyone who encountered Flora, anyone who had been touched or inspired by Flora will always say something about Flora’s blooming, vibrant and warm personality.

Soldiers abduct another Aggay

Update 2: BAGUIO CITY — Philippine Army soldiers abducted another Aggay in Barangay Masi, Rizal in the province of Cagayan.