For months now, I have been part of a team preoccupied with a project aiming to give cultural and creative workshops in a disaster-prone, mining community. Enabled by the support and funding of TUKLAS Innovation Labs along with international bodies, the project is being implemented in Loacan, Itogon. As far as I know, of the ten projects in Northern Luzon, this project by Dap-ayan ti Kultura Iti Kordilyera (DKK) is one of the two innovations which have a greater focus on children and the youth. The other project, being implemented by Plot and Play, aims to use board games as educational tools for Disaster Response and Risk Management (DRRM).
BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous Taiwanese students who are in the country for a cultural exchange program felt harassed when police officers and soldiers from the 50th IB in Kalinga followed them everywhere they went and kept asking for their profile from August 12 to 15.
VIGAN CITY — Guerrillas of the New People’s Army operating in Ilocos Sur attacked the headquarters of the 81st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Barangay Bugbuga, Sta. Cruz town on the evening of August 9.
BAGUIO CITY — The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) in the Cordillera clarified that existence of the indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR) in the legislative bodies of local government units is not based on the perceived “marginalization” of IPs.
The Philippines has since been under the worst economic and social conditions. It is under these dire conditions that education has become the “greatest gift” a parent can pass on to their children. A college diploma is seen as a “gate pass” to the dream of escaping poverty. For years, families endure all kinds of sacrifice to access the much-sought out education, as the family’s valued “investment”.
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BESAO, Mountain Province — Government soldiers occupying houses in sitio Dandanac of Tamboan village in Besao town in Mountain Province are restricting the movement of village folk and are causing fear among village folk, a team of human rights defenders who went to verify reports of human rights violations, found out on August 9.
SAGADA, Mountain Province — Peasants in northern villages here expressed fear as elements of the 54th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) started making a list of people from the local civilian population who need to “clear themselves” from a military list of alleged members or supporters of the revolutionary New Peoples Army (NPA).
BONTOC, Mountain Province — Another round of talks targeted at clarifying legalities in the implementation of the recognized Batangan Systems of Tadian, Besao and Sagada took place August 7th at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan Hall, here.
BAGUIO CITY — Finding clear violations of the “Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)” guidelines, the National Commission on Indigenous People-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) suspended the FPIC proceedings for the 52 megawatts Karayan Hydroelectric Plant Project (KHPP) in Tabuk, Kalinga.
BAGUIO CITY — The municipal police of Besao, Mountain Province charged two residents of Brgy. Tamboan with multiple murder in relation to the July 15 fifteen ambush staged by the New People’s Army in Sitio Dandanac of the said barangay.