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NIA urged to suspend Chico River project amid protest

With the growing protests and issues surrounding the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP), a joint committee of the Regional Development Council Cordillera was forced to urge the proponent to halt the construction operations.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | China’s clam slam – Digong doesn’t give a damn

Yes, there was an uproar. Yes, there should be an uproar from the Filipino people. After all, there are no armies with pitchforks led by an Aquaman to defend the clams.  Yes, there should be an uproar for this is beyond the clams. This is about China freely, as allowed by Digong, snatching from the Filipinos their maritime rights, as dictated by the tribunals, on the Philippine Seas. This is about China occupying islands within the sphere of Philippine maritime rights. This is about Filipino fishermen not allowed by China to fish in Philippine waters.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | A theology of work

“You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me…In six days I, the LORD made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested.” – Exodus 20:9-11

China-funded Chico Pump Irrigation trampling on IP rights

Apart from the onerous loan agreement, other controversies continue to surface in relation to the P4.3 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP). For this project, the first and biggest soft loan package offered by China to the Philippines, the Duterte government has trampled the principles of free and prior informed consent (FPIC) and thus the rights of indigenous peoples.

LANDMINE DEBATE | Setting the record straight

The recent clashes between the PNP and the NPA in the Mountain Province again put the issue of the use of anti-personnel explosives in the limelight with the government accusing the rebels of violating International Humanitarian Law. But are all anti-personnel explosives prohibited under the Ottawa Convention? Are the NPA bound to adhere to formal and customary laws of war?

EDITORIAL | May Day (Not the S.O.S.)

May Day, today, we celebrate the progress hewn by the working class the world over, the collective lessons drawn from their history of struggle; and all those times these lessons remind us that the substantial gains of the working class; especially those in our midst who in their unity and progressive organizations win their battles for better working conditions and progress for the people of the nation and not for imperialism, not for a culture of greed and unconscionable private accumulation of wealth.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | My Sister-in-law, Salud aka Wendy and her Peter Pan

Coming home from almost all of the journeys I have to do in my life, it is always that someone in the crowd wearing a face filled with anticipation, breaking into that of a morning sunshine when it catches my eyes — that takes all of my tiredness away and makes me feel that I have come home, finally.

WHAT WENT BEFORE | The people’s resistance against SM Baguio expansion

After seven years, a bitter-sweet victory for those who stood against the cutting and earth-balling of trees for the expansion of SM Baguio after the Supreme Court, on April 10, ordered the mall chain to cease from cutting more trees and secure another environmental compliance certificate before it can continue.

Cordillera indigenous recipes that nourished generations are now in a cook book

Food is gift that people should be thankful for and should share with family and in the indigenous culture, the milestones in a person’s lifetime are marked with ritual feasts shared with the community. Launched in Baguio City on March 26, the Heirloom Recipes of the Cordillera, is a compilation of 100 indigenous Cordillera recipes documented from the six provinces of the region. It has seven chapters: Rice, Roots, Vegetables, Fish Crabs And Snails, Meat, Preserves, and Drinks. It is a project of the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples and Partners for Indigenous Knowledge-Philippines.

Of typhoons, farms, tailings dams and Lepanto mines

BAGUIO CITY — Farmers tilling lands along the Abra River in Quirino town of Ilocos Sur knew that the heavy rains that came with typhoon Ompong would again wash out their ricefields. Experience taught them this.