Workers demand higher wages, secure jobs

By ALDWIN QUITASOL BAGUIO CITY — Three and a half decades has passed since the forerunner for genuine, militant and nationalist unionism in the Philippines and abroad was established; and Filipino workers are still on their fighting stance in their resolve to break the chains of oppression and change …

Nakundenar ti panagpinnabasol iti NTA ken pulitiko

VIGAN CITY — Binabalaw ti Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) ti panagbibinnato ti pammabasol ti National Tobacco Administration (NTA) ken Gobyerno Probinsyal ti Ilocos Sur (PGIS) ti maysan-maysa gapu iti sagsagrapen dagiti mannalon ti tabako a pannakalugi gapu iti nakababbaba a panaggatang dagiti trading centers. Impunto ti grupo nga substansyal ken pangmabayagan nga solusyon mainaig iti problema dagiti mannalon koma ti rumbeng nga ikkan ti atensyon dagiti adda iti turay, imbes nga agpinpinabasolda.

CO ti 81st IB, salawasaw! — IHRA

VIGAN CITY – “Salawasaw!,” ti dagus a kinuna ti Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA) mainaig ti sinao ni Colonel Jason Bajet, Commanding Officer ti 81st Infantry Battalion ti Philippine Army iti interbyu na ti Bombo Radyo Vigan a naipatangatang idi Abril 22 ti agsapa.

Kilos protesta sumalubong sa Earth Day sa Cagayan Valley

SANTIAGO CITY — Hindi pagdiriwang kundi sabayang kilos protesta ng mamamayan ang inilunsad sa Cordon, Isabela at Tuguegarao City ng mga organisasyon ng magsasaka, katutubo at maka-kalikasan noong April 22, 2015. Ihinayag ng mga kalahok ang papatinding pandarambong, pamiminsala at pangangamkam ng lupa ng malalaking dayuhang minahan sa Lambak Cagayan.

Kalinga march highlight the plight of farmers

TABUK CITY — On April 24, at 8:00 AM, hundreds of delegates began their trek from the “white carabao” in Dagupan to the Kalinga Sports Center in Bulanao, where the 31st Cordillera Day in Kalinga was held.

Montanyosa folk reconnect, unite to fight for land rights

BAUKO, Mountain Province — “We are here because we are connected with each other. We are here to tell the good and bad stories of the past where our brothers and sisters fought for the land, and we are here to share those stories of struggles and from them we strengthen our unity,” said Anglican priest Pablo Buyagan during the Cordillera day celebration in Mabaay, Bauko, Mountain Province.

Abrenians set Cordillera Day on April 29

BANGUED — Members of various peoples’ organizations from Abra, nearby provinces, and Metro Manila are set to take part in the activities lined up for the 31st Cordillera Day in Bangued, Abra. The activity will be held at the Abra State Institute of State and Technology gymnasium on April 29. The celebration will be concluded with a march within Bangued in the afternoon. Other provinces of the Cordillera region will also celebrate the occasion from April 23-29.


Editorial: When land is life

“What is the most precious thing to man? Life. If life is threatened, what ought a man do? Fight. This he must do, otherwise he is dishonored. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honorably.” — Macliing Dulag

The defense of ancestral land is innate to indigenous people simply because land to IPs is life. In the same light that sustainable environmental management is also innate to IP culture.


Aywanan Ti Masakbayan: How the Reds are going Green

Why is it that whenever we tag the color ‘red’, we always associate it with rebels? With a little research, we’ll find later on why the color tag ‘green’ is much more appropriate for them to be associated with instead. It was the National Democratic Front of the Philippine’s (NDFP) 46th anniversary last April 24 so let’s keep an open mind and review their environmental agenda in the peace talks.


From Under This Hat: Development for the people

Since Baguio was created by the American colonial government, the foreign established government system raised money from the developed lands of the local natives (where the water sources are or were, where the cows grazed, where the rice fields and vegetable gardens were, where the native houses/homes were, even traditional native gold mines). They authored laws that declared lands that were already traditionally recognized and respected as the local natives’ private properties, as well as the Igorot’s common forests, hunting grounds and mining areas as “public or the new government owned lands”.

Ilocandia Rumblings: A glimpse of Ilocos

Ilocandia Rumblings was conceived to bring to the readership of Northern Dispatch some insights on and analyses of the issues and events in the Ilocos Region – mainly the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. In this regard, this column shall articulate the aspirations of the hardworking people west of the Cordillera from the point of view and standpoint of the oppressed and exploited. It shall dissect Ilocos society and expound on the rumblings in the peasant communities, workplaces, coastal areas and slums. It shall express the ideas and thoughts of the motive forces of change that are stifled or could not get a space in mainstream media.


Statements: Struggle against the continuing plunder of the environment

Today, as we commemorate the 2015 Earth Day, various government offices will again proclaim their commitment in protecting the environment. Hundreds of thousand pesos from the people’s tax will fund the government’s promotional activities to create an image of being pro-environment. Despite all the hype and media projections, the fact remains – the Philippine environment continues to suffer from the government’s flawed environmental policies and development framework.


APEC summit pinasangbay ti protesta

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte — Protesta ti impasabat dagiti progresibo a grupo iti naangay nga Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) sub-sub-working group meeting a sinangaili ti probinsya ti Ilocos Norte. Daytoy a protesta ket indauloan ti Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Ilocos (Bayan Ilocos) ken dagiti nainsigudan nga umili nga apektado iti proyekto a windmills iti Pagudpud. Naisayangkat daytoy iti Aurora Park iti sentro ti Laoag City iti umuna nga aldaw ti APEC meeting idi April 13.


Students mail petition to CHED national

BAGUIO CITY – Different student organizations in Baguio and Benguet, led by local chapters of National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editor’s Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Anakbayan, Kabataan Partylist, and Dap-ayan iti Kultura ti Kordilyera (DKK), under the Rise for Education Alliance (R4E), gathered at the Baguio Post Office on Wednesday, April 8 to send their formal complaints on tuition fee hike and illegal collection of fees by universities in the Cordillera Region.

Elders unite to promote human and indigenous peoples rights

LAGAWE, Ifugao — On April 13, Participants of the Martial Law Victims and Elders forum gathered together to discuss the updates of the reparation claims under RA 10368 or Human Rights Victims Reparation Law at Don Bosco High School. The Forum was sponsored by the office of the provincial governor and in partnership with the Ifugao Peasant Movement.