Rice production thru appropriate technology

SAGADA, Mountain Province — In the far flung areas of the Cordillera region, farmers regularly experience rice shortage. There are many factors to consider why. One major factor is that most rice fields are rain-fed and geographically, there is little space to expand mountain terraces. In response, the Montañosa Research and Development Center (MRDC) along with the farmers in the region developed the Sustainable Palay Production Technology (SPPT) primarily to increase rice production especially among the poor farmers. And the farmers respond to a more sustainable, appropriate and friendly technology.

Church youth act for environmental protection

BANGUED, Abra — Youth members from various churches in the province of Abra gathered last August 15, 2015 and convened the Youth Ecumenical and Environmental Movement of Abra (YEEMA). The group was organized after the participants in the forum on the environmental situation and climate change decided that they should act now before the “once splendid eco-system of Abra“ will be destroyed by destructive activities.

Benguet farmers raise guard vs carrot imports

LA TRINIDAD — Benguet farmers asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Customs to be more vigilant at guarding against the entry of imported carrots from China that has forced local farmers to sell their produce at a lower price.

Ex-student leaders urge return of BIBAK lot for student dorms

BAGUIO CITY — Former leaders of an Igorot students’ organizations in the Cordillera region urged the return of the BIBAK lot to students in the region and to develop the area for dormitories as a Regional Trial Court here came out with a status quo order that gave reprieve to occupants from demolition.

Diaries From The Fields: Seasons of the rain

Rains bring me the good stories of the past. Growing up in the mountains where it is like home to the rains, rain is always part of life. As children in our community, playing under the rain was always inviting and irresistible. I do not know but every time we hear raindrops, there is an unexplained childish feeling of small joy in our hearts. Rain gave us one of the best memories of our childhood.

Sagada elders press council forlaw to protect traditions

BAGUIO CITY — A post wedding photo shoot at a burial cave pushed local officials of Sagada, Mountain Province to hasten the passage of a local legislation to ensure the protection of indigenous’ sacred places and practices of this upland tourist town.

Nursing mothers entitled to breastfeeding leave

BAGUIO CITY — According to employers’ representative to the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTPWB) Cordillera, working mothers who are nursing have the right to a leave with pay for six months to breast feed their babies.

DOT-CAR director plans to paint LT houses to attract tourists

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The newly installed director of the Department of Tourism Cordillera has spoken to two multinational paint companies to sponsor the painting of houses at Stone Hill along Km. 3 of Balili village in this capital town of Benguet.

Poetry: Invitations

Don’t go up the ladder. Burn
the ladder and work with us
here on the ground.
It’s the noble thing to do.


Editorial: It is the people who shall decide

On August 23, 1896, poorly armed Katipuneros led by Andres Bonifacio gathered in front of the house of Melchora Aquino also known as Tandang Sora tore their cedulas and declared themselves and all other inhabitants of the Philippine islands a free people and a sovereign nation.


Aywanan Ti Masakbayan: Northern Luzon envi advocates strengthens unity

Daga, Biag, Kinabaknang, Salakniban! The call to defend echoed in all corners of the hall as the 5th Amianan Salakniban Conveners Meeting ended with a toast from the newly appointed spokesperson, Fernando “Ampi” Mangili. More than 70 delegates from different anti-mining and environmental organizations and individuals in the three regions of Northern Luzon attended the two-day activity.


Dakami Ti Umili: Supportive local initiatives for the environment

On August 11, 2015, different local and indigenous communities lobbied concerned government agencies to highlight their calls to stop the construction of large dams in their ancestral lands, for the respect of their rights and to stop the privatization and monopolization of rivers and water resources. Among those who participated in the lobby are indigenous peoples from the Cordillera, Southern Tagalog, and Palawan.


Letters: Hustisya para sa Lacub!

Ako si Rommel Beyao, ang nakababatang kapatid ni Robert “Ka Dawyan” Beyao na nasawi noong nakaraang Setyembre 4, 2014 sa bayan ng Lacub, Abra sa isang engkwentro sa pagitan ng tropa ng pamahalaan at mga elemento ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan kung saan kasapi ang aking kapatid. Isa ang kapatid sa mga naitalang kaswalti ng rebolusyunaryong pwersa kabilang ang dalawang sibilyan. Gaya ng mga naulila, nakikiisa ako sa kanilang panawagan at pakikibakang makamit ang hustisya.

Publisher’s Note: Erratum

On the article, “SC stops demolition at BIBAK lot” on page 1 of the August 16, 2015 issue should have read, “The Regional Trial Court stops demolition of structures at the BIBAK lot”. Our sincere apologies. #


Statements: Altermidya denounces killing of journalists

We in the AlterMidya, a national network of independent and progressive media outfits are alarmed over the killing of two media practitioners in Sorsogon and Davao in the last two days. We condemn the continuing culture of impunity and violence in the country and demand justice for the two victims.


Weekly Reflections: Imaging God

August 13 is my birthday, but it is also this year’s Earth Overshoot Day. This means the day when humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds the earth’s capacity to regenerate these resources. According to one recent study, species are going extinct between ten and several thousand times faster than they did during the stable periods in the planet’s history, and populations within species are vanishing hundreds or thousands of times faster than that. By one estimate, earth has lost half of its wildlife during the past forty years. And there is no doubt about the cause: human beings.


Youthspeak: The continuing cries of the people

August 23, 1896, Andres Bonifacio along with the Filipino youth of the Katipunan gathered and declared that the nation was free and independent by tearing their cedulas (residence certificates) to pieces, then shouted “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” (“Long live the Philippines!”). This was the sign of their defiance and determination to rise up against the fascist Spaniards.