By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — The Episcopal Church submitted a testimony to the committee on appropriations, Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations of the house of representative of the United States of America asking for an inquiry on the human rights abuses in the Philippines.
The testimony of Rev. Canon Brian Grieves the Episcopal Church’s senior director for Mission Centers, and Alexander D. Baumgarten, international policy analyst in the church’s government relations office submitted the five-page testimony dated March 18, regarding the human rights situation here in the Philippines and the U.S. military assistance to the Philippines.
The Church’s testimony also aired the urgent concern on the continuing widespread human rights abuses in the Philippines, where extra-judicial killings (EJKs) and enforced disappearances (EDs) are a common occurance under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency. Read the rest of this entry →
By LYN V. RAMO
BAGUIO CITY — In a series of workshops that gathered state security forces and people’s organizations, hope remains high for a continuing dialog in the pursuit to protect and promote human rights.
STANDING UP FOR PEACE. Hope remains high for a continuing dialog in the pursuit to protect and promote human rights. Photo by Lyn V. Ramo/www.nordis.net
Agreeing to disagree on a lot of issues and recommendations, officers and men of the military, the police, and their counterparts representing the Cordillera communities and human rights groups resolved that there should be continuing and joint discussions between them to come up with a common view on human rights and how to address human rights violations. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
BAGUIO CITY — The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Regional Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Cordillera (RECCORD) welcome the move of their counterpart, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States (NCCCUSA) to lobby at the US congress and ensure that the military aid will not exacerbate the human rights violations in the Philippines.
“This is a welcome move,” said Fr. Dave Tabooy, RECCORD secretary-general, in an interview adding, “That is one way of pressuring the Philippine government to adhere to human rights laws and instruments.” Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
SAN ESTEBAN, Ilocos Sur — Lawyer Anita Chauhan, regional director of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Ilocos Region, ordered the PNP of this town to submit documents and pieces of evidence in their posssesion on the extra-judicial killing of Jose “Pepe” Manegdeg in 2005 to her office.
The CHR team dropped by this town’s PNP station March 19 after they visited the lone witness to the killing of Pepe in Barangay Apatot of this town.
Chauhan explained to this reporter that they may build the case based on the documents and evidence in the possesion of the local PNP. Read the rest of this entry →
By JO VILLANUEVA
MANILA, Philippines — The united voice of the Indigenous Peoples yesterday swept from continent to continent in 37 countries calling their respective governments to stop large-scale mining and other extractive activities (oil and gas projects) in their indigenous lands until effective measures to safeguard their rights and the environment are in place.
The call for a global moratorium on extractive projects for oil, gold, gas and other mineral resources also include a demand that the World Bank must stop funding transnational mining companies in their effort to exploit the world’s natural resources. Read the rest of this entry →
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) calls on the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration to heed the recommendations of the European Parliament on worsening peace and human rights situation in the country.
The “European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2009 on the Philippines” took notice of the hundreds of activists, trade unionists and leaders, journalists and religous leaders and members as well as civilians killed or victims of abductions since Arroyo came into power in 2001.
It also noted the continuous denial of the Philippine government of any involvement of its security forces and the military in the political killings despite ample evidence to the contrary. Read the rest of this entry →
By AIDA TAGUIBOS
BAGUIO CITY — After the devastating blaze that turned 238 stalls into ashes, the sari-sari, dry goods and rice section of the market will undergo reconstruction to the amount of P 25M.
According to Baguio Market-Plaza Cooperative leader (BAMAPCOM)Victor Calimlim, the reconstruction will be funded by the cooperative and the fire victims themselves. Calimlim said the P25 million will not just be for roofing but for the reconstruction of 209 stalls. The remaining stalls which were in the Tobacco section are a separate project as they are covered by a different plan. Read the rest of this entry →
By CATHERINE NAZARRO CALUYA
BAGUIO CITY — Vice-mayor Daniel Fariñas said the development of Burnham Park will push thru amid the issues around the delayed and unfinished work on children’s park portion which was targetted for completion by December of last year.
Baguio is a famous tourist destination drawing local as well as foreign tourists. One of the city’s attraction is the well-known Burnham Park. Tourists continue to be enticed to the undying beauty of the park regardless of the absence or lack of infrastractures and facilities. Read the rest of this entry →
By JOANALYN A. MAPILAR
BAGUIO CITY — Acting City vice-mayor Daniel Fariñas signed the declaration last March 20 that every Friday will be a community service day.
The said declaration is to ensure the sustainability and implementation of the City Solid Waste Plan. Fariñas signed the declaration under te Administrative Order No. 55 that aims to unite the Government with the Barangays in contributing to the beautification of Baguio. Read the rest of this entry →
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — City dads are planning to bring back the Kite Flying competition to add more attraction to the summer vacation 2009 (SUMVAC 2009). City Vice-mayor Daniel Fariñas announced the plan in the weekly ugnayang panlungsod held at the office of the city mayor on Thusrday.
Fariñas said the kite flying competition is one of the highlights of the “Kite Festival” the city is planning to launch inline with the upcoming Baguio centennial celebration in September. Fariñas added that butterfly will be the offical design of the Kite Festival. He said butterfly is the official logo of the centennial celebration. Read the rest of this entry →
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
QUEZON CITY — Gabriela Women’s Party List Representative Luzviminda Ilagan introduced a resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives to the family of Juana Tejada who died on March 8, 2009 because of cancer in the colon.
The resolution entitled “expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the demise of Juana Tejada, a caregiver whose courage and persistence in fighting for her right in a foreign land despite her personal battle with terminal illness inspired a proposal to amend the Canadian Immigration Law for the better treatment of Filipino and other caregivers in the North American country” was received in the house of congress March 23. Read the rest of this entry →
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
QUEZON CITY — The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has conferred its first Gabriela Silang Awards to international activist Victoria Tauli – Corpuz, Thursday on the Commission’s celebration of the International Women’s month.
The awards was named after Philippine national hero Gabriela Silang believed to be of Tinggian descent who after the martyrdom of her husband took over the command of anti-colonial revolutionaries her husband led against the Spanish conquistadors.
“Secretary Eugenio A. Insigne, chair of the NCIP, said in a phone interview that the awards was the contribution of the Commission to celebrate and honor women at the forefront of the struggle for indigenous peoples rights. The recognition of living heroines who continue to passionately fight for the recognition of the right of indigenous peoples to their ancestral lands and the right to self determination.” Read the rest of this entry →
Vigan farmers receive Pitaya cuttings
VIGAN CITY — Twenty five farmers’ organization presidents of Vigan received 3,000 cuttings of the Pitaya plant or Dragon Fruit from Vigan City government led by Mayor Eva Marie Singson-Medina in December last year.
Dr. Liborio Arca, the city’s acting Agriculture Officer, said that adopting pitaya as another cash crop is a good venture for our farmers because it is easy to cultivate. Propagated by seeds or stem cuttings, the plant requires less inputs for its cultivation. Pitaya highly requires the use of organic fertilizer rather than the inorganic one. Read the rest of this entry →
The cat is out the bag, finally.
A contract for the operation of a gambling casino in Camp John Hay has been signed between the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDC) and a private casino operator, apparently, without the knowledge of City Hall, much less the wider public.
This is a blatant violation of one of the several conditionalities that CJHDC and the City of Baguio signed as precondition for the development of Camp John Hay, which as far as we know have never been rescinded or modified.
Obviously, the contracting parties believe that they can pull a fast one over the city government and the citizens of Baguio, unless City Hall is actually in the know and kept the public in the dark. In which case, some people in high places have a lot of explaining to do. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
At last, the Mount Pulag article I and my friend Harley Palangchao wrote was published by the well known media institution – the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ). The article was an output of training on investigative reporting sponsored by the said institution. For the whole article and the accompanying pictures, you can visit www.pcij.org.
The article exposed in detail how the three mining corporations were given the go signal by the national office of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) to process their mine explorations at the foot of Mount Pulag, despite the area being protected area. In this case, not even state law or laws to protect protected areas are observed. It is interesting to know these conflicting policies of the state, the policies being invoked by the MGB, in this case, which was an eye opener for us. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR BOQUIREN
Baguio Midland Courier, a newsweekly based in Baguio City, through its writer Mike Guimbatan, reported that Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company has been allegedly dumping cancer-causing wastes in Sitio Sapid, Mankayan, Benguet. As a way of rejoinder to the report, let me reproduce almost verbatim what I wrote for Haribon Foundation sometime 2006 based on latest available data during that time. I am thankful to Ms. Annabelle Plantilla, Haribon Executive Director, for allowing me to use the Haribon material.
The following are lifted from pages 74-75 of Valuation of Benguet Biodiversity and Environmental Costs of Mining: Monetization, Intangibles, and Policy (see Haribon’s website at www.haribon.org.ph and http://www.geocities.com/haribonartboquirenreport/benguetmining2006.htm for details):
Let us review the cancer data of Benguet to see whether data is consistent with the view that large-scale mining can also elevate the rate of cancer in the mining areas or along the path of river systems contaminated by mine tailings. In particular, let us review latest available data on mortality due to cancer and see whether we can discover patterns as well as links with large-scale mining. Read the rest of this entry →
By ALDWIN G. QUITASOL
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred. — John Gardner
Good news for graduating students this year, they do not need their high grades or pleasing credentials nor years of experience to have a job. You also do not need to undergo those gruelling interviews with human resource officers of different companies.
All you need is a small knife, a small beltbag or big pockets can do and a lot of patience and endurance under the weather is a must for this job. Equally important is you know where the main roads, barangay roads and well travelled routes of Baguio. Read the rest of this entry →
By REV. LUNA L. DINGAYAN
“The Word of the Lord came to me…” — Jeremiah 1:4
First of three parts
We believe that the Word of God is not a book, but God giving us Himself. We believe that our faith is not in words, but in Christ. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, because it bears witness to Christ; It tells how God has encountered men and women in their lives, and that through the Bible we can also encounter God in our own lives.
Christians don’t mean the same thing by the “Word of God” as Muslims do. For Mohammed the Word of God was a book and he was the prophet who brought the book. For Christians, however, the Word of God is, in the last instance, a person: Jesus, who was called the Christ. In Islam, the person points to the book. In Christianity, the book points to the person. Read the rest of this entry →
By PATRICIA O. AFABLE
Keeping Count, Homing in: Baguio Boy Einosuke Rudy Furuya’s photographs celebrating the Baguio centennial opens on Saturday, April 4, 2009, 4:30 p.m. at The Gallery, SM City Baguio. Exhibit duration is from April 4 to June 8, 2009.
In this offering to his hometown’s centennial celebrations, Einosuke Rudy Furuya brings us the fruits of three years of perambulations through Baguio, past familiar gateways, hidden portals, and discreetly-announced welcomes. Read the rest of this entry →
Ni BRENDA S. DACPANO
Simple ken nalaka nga isagana, mayat kadagiti health conscious ken naimas.
Photo by Brenda S. Dacpano/nordis.net
Ti ramen a manok ket mabalin nga ilambong, pasengngawan wenno ipatugaw iti asin (pinaupong manok sa asin). Mas konsentrado ti raman na no nailuto nga in-innayad iti asin wenno mapasengngawan ngem nabaybayag daytoy a lutuen, dumanon iti 1 nga oras wenno nasursurok pay segun iti kadakkel dagiti barukong ti manok. Mabalin met a sibubukel a manok ti usaren. No adu ti panawen yo, mayat a lutuen ti manok iti kastoy a wagas. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY ― Would it be a repeat of injustice for the Carino clan where they are threatened to lose their Chuyo ancestral lands to “unscrupulous land claimants?”
The ancestral land claim of the descendants and heirs of Bayosa Ortega, Mateo Carino’s wife may be awarded to the Ikang Paus clan as the commissioners of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) deliberated on final reading the awarding a bulk of the said ancestral land to the Paus clan. Read the rest of this entry →