A message for OFWs

“Don’t imagine that you are safer than any other Jew just because you are in the royal palace. If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die and your father’s family will come to an end. Yet who knows—maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!” -Esther 4:13-14

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | WON got it all wrong

ACT has been profiled since November last year (experienced here in Baguio by schools under the jurisdiction of Police Station 2 and in Apayao), was subject to state negative electioneering (“Huwag iboto ang ACT Partylist – Komunistang Partylist!”) and fake news that ACT Partylist was disqualified and I, as the third nominee, was tagged as a CPP-NPA-NDF member. And with these, the state has opened us up as targets of state attacks in various forms.

RICE TRADE LIBERALIZATION | PH never learns from its mistakes

The passage of the Rice Liberalization Act (RA 11203) to resolve the looming rice supply crisis and inflation, as claimed by the economic managers of the Duterte administration, showed that the government never learned from the economic tragedies brought by more than three decades of globalization policies (liberalization, deregulation, and privatization) in the Philippines.

Gov’t urged to allocate sufficient resources for communal irrigation

The Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC) urged the government to channel sufficient funds and efforts to rehabilitate and improve the “age-old and traditional” communal irrigation systems in the region. It also called authorities to develop and implement “water resource and irrigation policy and program guided by the principles of equity and social justice.”

Letter from a Betan Scholar

I relegate my column this week to Yessa Mae D. Tanguilan. She just graduated BS Biology – Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines – Baguio City as a scholar of the Beta Gamma Phi Fraternity and Sorority. I share her gratitude with my fellow Betan sponsors who I mention at the end of Yessa’s letter.

DIARIES FROM THE FIELD | Pursuing self-reliance and socio-economic development in the Cordillera

For more than 30 years, the Center for Development Programs of the Cordillera strived and proved that an active and organized people’s participation is the key to achieving holistic development of communities. Importantly, the institution took this endeavor upholding the preferential service to the poor and disadvantaged, the respect of people’s rights and protection of the environment.

The true Igorot is the politicized Igorot

We were politicized the moment we acquired this “Igorot consciousness,” our collective social knowledge which drives us to take pride in being an Igorot, to defend our ancestral domain, and struggle for our right to self-determination. As early as the Spanish colonial era, Igorot consciousness took shape in our forefathers’ armed resistance against the Spanish military and missionaries. In the early post-colonial years, Igorot students studying in Baguio City and Metro Manila formed organizations such as the BIBAK (Benguet-Ifugao-Bontok-Apayao- Kalinga) Association as an expression of indigenous pride. Under Martial Law, the Cordillera region became a battleground for indigenous people’s rights during the anti-Cellophil and anti-Chico Dam struggles.

Lumad escape abusive employer in Pangasinan

Thirty-two Lumad, including a couple with two kids, belonging to the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe of Quezon, Bukidnon escaped from their abusive employer in Sual, Pangasinan on June 30 according to a factsheet sent by the Unyon ng mga Manggawa sa Agrikultura (Agriculture Workers Union or UMA).

NIA to minimize work in Ifugao irrigation facility

he National Irrigation Administration Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) will minimize its construction work in the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in response to the request of the regional National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to suspend its activities pending the issuance of the Certification Precondition for the project.