Videos by ALDWIN QUITASOL and NOEL GODINEZ www.nordis.net Video footage of the protest during the Sona ng Mamamayan at Baguio City last July 27, 2015. 1. The picket-rally at the Baguio City Hall. 2. Speech of Daisy Bagni, secretary general of Organisasyon Dagiti Nakurapay Nga Umili Ti Syudad Ti Baguio …
TINOC, Ifugao — It was a stormy Sunday on the 12th of July but the weather did not waver the community’s rage over the attempt of Quadriver to bribe their village leader. In a heated discussion, the villagers dismissed any attempt for the energy company to re-negotiate its application for an 11 MW hydroelectric project.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Benguet provincial board’s endorsement of the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of the Far Southeast Gold Resources, Inc (FSGRI) is a blatant disregard not just of the Mankayan municipal council’s decision but of the people’s position, an official of Sulong Katribu said.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Student leaders from progressive student organizations representing the students from higher education institutions (HEIs) submitted another formal complaint and engaged in a dialogue with, the Cordillera Regional Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) midday of July 23.
CAPITOL HILL, Washington, DC — Naisayangkat ti maysa a panagpalawag maipanggep iti kasasaad ti karbengan pangtao iti Pilipinas iti sango ti Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission ti Kongreso ti Amerika, idi Hulyo 15, 2015 idiay Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC.
BAGUIO CITY — More than 200 environmentalists, students, Brgy. Officials and peasants from mining affected communities participated in the Provincial Environmental Summit held at the Tomas Dacayo Community Center, Solano Nueva Vizcaya on July 22.
BAGUIO CITY — Sectoral groups urged the administration of Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan to be more comprehensive at addressing the real situation of the people of Baguio City for them to actually feel the developments he keeps announcing.
BAGUIO CITY — The situation of indigenous peoples in the country has worsened under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, according to Sulong Katribu National President Windel Bolinget.
BAGUIO CITY — They belong to different nationalities. They believed fate had brought them together. And despite their physical handicaps love blossomed to establish their family, and together, they vowed to serve fellow persons with disabilities, the poor and needy.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Faye Apil confirmed that the massive earth-moving activities in a government funded housing project in this capital town endangers residents in adjacent communities.
Kembot sa kanan, kendeng sa kaliwa sa saliw ng masiglang musika. Padyak, suntok, sipa… itodo mo na!
Since 2006, the Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) and SAMAKANA, an organization of urban poor women in Baguio City tried the viability of vermi-culture at the household level among its members in certain urban poor communities in Baguio, and also reached out to the women mushroom growers in Shilan, La Trinidad. This project formed part of CWEARC’s building viable initiatives in promoting food sovereignty among urban poor women.
The House of Representatives’ staff are busy with preparations for Monday, July 27 when the President delivers his term’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA). The secretary general of the House of Representatives said the President’s last SONA will be “special but not lavish”.
The movie Minions deodorizes minions. Directed at kids, with the movie and forthcoming Netflix DVD editions, knick-knacks, and other offerings, very soon, the negative connotation of the word minion will be transformed to mean cute, lovable, and adorable. Like Michael Jackson’s “bad” that now means good, the word minion could soon lose its negative gravity sense.
As I immersed myself into understanding the nit and crannies of carbon trading, I’m overwhelmed at how humans have come up with this very complicated, unverifiable and lenient solution to climate change that is not only designed to create billions of profit for corporations (who by the way are the main culprits of climate change), but is also designed to lure us (the ordinary people) away from the seeking real solutions for our dying planet.
I love Ifugao. More than a tourism catch-phrase, it is a strong statement to express my greater love for Ifugao at this time when environmental and human rights defenders are under attack. For a long time now, Ifugao is boble to the Ayangans, Tuwali, Kalanguyas and to all people who called the province their home. From the rolling hills of Alfonso Lista to the mountains of Tinoc, Ifugao is a land of richness, contrast and contradictions. For decades, we developed, tamed and adapted to these richness, contrast and contradictions of Ifugao.
For the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to guide and accompany three students from the University of the Philippines Manila who are taking up Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. They were in Ilocos for their practicum or Summer Integration Program, an annual program of the Development Studies Department of UP Manila in partnership with the National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates-Youth Sector, and part of their academic requirements. The practicum aims to provide the students an avenue to examine the development theories they learned from school in relation to the actual social conditions in the provinces, particularly in the rural areas by immersing themselves with the day-to-day economic and political activities of peasants, as well as undertaking research on issues affecting the sector.
Nordis staff members asked at random if Baguio citizens feel there has been any improvement in their livelihood or in their lives economically under mayor Domogan’s term as he stated in his SOCA. Here are some answers we have gathered:
Simona, vendor: Ay awan parehas met lang idi paylang. Kimmaro ketdi tatta a ta grabe ti ikasta ti demolition nga agtiliw. Suroten daka engana idiay uneg ti building no makita daka. Awanen ikasta mi nga aglako.
www.nordis.net Paragraph 10 of the story titled: “Ayangans cry foul as power company undermines their right to be informed” by Arthur L. …
It’s more than three years now when in June 2013, fifty (50) huge containers from Canada were discovered by the Bureau of Customs at the Manila International Port containing household waste (including used adult diapers) instead of scrap materials as alleged. There was an attempt to ask the Canadian government to take back the garbage, but this was not seriously pursued. According to reports, 29 of the 50 containers were already brought to the sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac. Others remain at the Port in Manila because people in Tarlac protested against it when they came to know about it.
On Mayor Domogan’s latest State of the City Address (SOCA) which carried the theme “Advancing Development thru Teamwork Towards a Sustainable Baguio,” it is clear that the accomplishments of the mayor has served the interests of the rich and capitalists. There was no significant development to the benefit of the majority of the citizenry, and actual experiences suggest that we, the oppressed sectors of society – the workers, urban poor, women, and children – have not felt the progress that the mayor was referring to.
By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net Perry Mendoza, chairperson of Tongtongan Ti Umili, reacts to the State of the City Address (SOCA) delivered by …
RIZAL, Cagayan — Karapatan-Cagayan Valley demanded the release of the three Aggays who were abducted by Philippine Army soldiers on July 20 and surfaced at the Cagayan police provincial office on July 23.
BAGUIO CITY — The arrest of Eduardo Almores Esteban is part of the bounty hunting activities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) said in an emailed letter here.