November 27, 2006 in general
By CHESTER STONE P. BATNAG
Trails we passed create clouds yet jewels in the sky
On huts were roofs of grass yet floors were grounds of wealth
Less tamed are trees and herbs but stomachs never cry
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Ni BRENDA S. DACPANO
CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS. Manipud kannigid (clockwise) violet a kamote, patatas, orange a kamote ken aba. Ada iti tengnga ti yema. Photo by Brenda S. Dacpano/NORDIS
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BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 16) — Drivers belonging to the Pagkaka-isa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide-Metro Baguio Chapter (Piston-MB) hit the petition to rollback jeepney fare and instead called for the passage of P125 legislated minimum wage increase for private sector and the P3,000 across the board salary increase for the public sector employees for the majority passengers to cope with current fare rates.
Piston-MB contested as irrational and misleading the petition to rollback the jeepney fare by 50 centavos for the first 4 kilometers and the additional P1.15 instead of the current P1.20 for every succeeding kilometer, submitted to the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) by a certain homeowners’ association in Quezon City and supported by United Transport Coalition representing the urban poor and the transport sector, respectively. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Nov. 17) — The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Ilocos leader who survived an assassin’s attack remains threatened despite his doctors’ pronouncement that he is out of danger.
Colleagues of Bayan-Ilocos Chair Rev. Billy Austin fear for his safety as unidentified men continue to hunt him. Read the rest of this entry →
BONTOC, Mt. Province (Nov.14) — Elements of the 54th Infantry Battalion based in Mountain Province under 1Lt. Enrico Salvador is not fighting the New People’s Army (NPA) but the residents of Saclit, Sadanga, as shown by accounts from community folk.
According to a resident, at around 4:00 A.M. personnel and elements of the 54th IB under a certain 1Lt. Enrico Salvador conducted an operation in Sitios Cam-or, Paykek, Filig, Gusadan, and Chakagen forcibly entering their houses that scared the community especially the children who were then fast asleep. Read the rest of this entry →
TUGUEGARAO CITY (Nov. 19) — A peasant leader was shot dead around 8 A.M. last November 11 by two unidentified gunmen while boarding a motorcycle on his way to Baggao town in Cagayan province.
Joey Javier, 44, of Brgy. Caruppian, Baggao and human rights officer of KAGIMUNGAN (Alyansa dagiti Mannalon ti Cagayan), died on the spot from a single bullet that entered his nape and exited his forehead. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 18) — Several groups, personalities and local officials of Baguio City gathered last November 15 at the Church of Resurrection, here to discuss and examine the kind of governance in the city.
The forum was sponsored by Bayan Muna-Cordillera; Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, Inc.; (CDPC) and Tongtongan Ti Umili- Cordillera Peoples Alliance (TTU-CPA). Read the rest of this entry →
November 18, 2006 in general
By ART B. BELISARIO
November 18, 2006 in general
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
SAGADA, Mt. Prov. (Nov. 15) — A Sagada-based non-government organization engaged in appropriate technologies has been providing training to villagers in interior Cordillera communities and has been engaging community capabilities and local resources in coming out with functional community projects.
Montañosa Research and Development Center (MRDC), a Sagada- based NGO is rendering services to agriculture-based villages in the region. MRDC programs include appropriate technology, sustainable agriculture and food security, livelihood like animal dispersal, and research and training. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 17) — Local church and people’s organizations here have lined up protest activities coinciding with the holding of the the 12th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Cebu City from December 10 -14, 2006.
The Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA)-BAYAN-Cordillera, Tongtongan ti Umili-BAYAN-Metro Baguio, Migrante, Anakbayan and their allied organization Cordillera Ecumenical Movement for Action and Transformation (CEMAT) express militant solidarity with the People’s Protest set on these dates in Metro Manila and Cebu City. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 16) — As mining corporations observe the annual Mining Safety Week with several sports events and a mining symposium here, representatives of local workers and communities in the Cordillera professed against mining as they enumerated a litany of anecdotes summarizing the havoc mining has wrought in the workplace and the host communities.
Appearing before the media, Santos Mero, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) deputy secretary-general and spokesperson of the local Defend Patrimony, a loose alliance for the defense of land rights, iterated that by nature, any mining operation poses danger to workers and the host communities. He said with the national government policy of opening the whole country to foreign mining operations, Cordillerans should brace themselves with 269 mining applications covering around 1.2 million hectares (has.). The region’s total land area is about 1.8 million has. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 15) — To produce more mining engineers and solve the shortage for professionals in the mining industry, Cordillera youth and Cordillera-based schools are now the target of a scholarship program for mining-related courses owing to the Cordillera’s proximity to the several mining sites and the youth’s possible exposure to mining processes.
Only about 875 from the country’ s 2,865 mining engineers are left with the local mining industry and all these are already in their twilight years, according to Engr. Roger Casido, chairperson of the Board of Mining Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Read the rest of this entry →
TABUK, Kalinga (Nov.17) — The series of human rights violations and political killings in the province of Kalinga did not discourage the Kalinga folk from continuing the fight for indigenous peoples’ rights, and for peace in the province.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance’s (CPA) provincial chapter here concluded its special assembly last week under the theme Rimbawan ti Buteng. Papigsaen ti Pakinakem ken Panagkaykaysa! Labanan ti Oplan Bantay Laya ti Rehimen ni US-Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Para Iti Talna ken Kappia, Hustisya ken Wayawaya (Overcome fear, strengthen will and unity! Fight Oplan Bantay Laya of the US GMA Regime for harmony, peace,justice and freedom). Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Nov. 15) — Some farms in Benguet are expected to change their cropping program with the entry of a corporate contract growing system, which initially engages some 40 Benguet vegetable farmers in about seven to eight hectares of farms.
Called contract growers, the farmers who come from at least four Benguet towns Buguias, Atok, Tublay and La Trinidad, enter into an agreement with the corporate contractor before receiving assistance for planting materials. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Nov. 16) — La Trinidad Mayor Nestor Fongwan recently hit the Bureau of Plant Industry’s (BPI) pest risk analysis (PRA) saying it has flaws and finds it wanting.
Fongwan is also a member of the Benguet Vegetable Council that criticized the earlier conduct of PRA on China crops. Such criticism resulted in the conduct of another round of PRA the testing team of which included experts from Benguet State University (BSU). Read the rest of this entry →