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events in the Cordillera

MGB evaluates small-scale mining areas

The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) conducted rapid assessments of existing small-scale mining (SSM) areas in Mountain Province. They visited the Barangays Fidelisan in Sagada; Matiim at Alab and, Farnet at Mainit both in the town of Bontoc and; Maliten at Laylaya, Besao.

Intensify protection of Mt. Data reserve — PAMB

The Mt. Data National Park Protected Area Management Board (MDNP-PAMB) reiterated calls to intensify protection of the Mt. Data National Park during its third quarter meeting held at Abatan, Buguias, Benguet.

Statements: Hold Benguet Corporation accountable for the lost lives and livelihood!

The KAIABANG – Cordillera Peoples Alliance Benguet expresses its deepest condolences to the families and kakailian of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives during typhoon Ompong’s fury. KAIABANG is also in grief over one of the worst tragedies that occurred in the region, which is attributed to corporate mining and greed.

UN hands lifetime award to Igorot woman activist

BAGUIO CITY — An activist with an unwavering commitment to defend indigenous peoples’ rights who has been labelled by the Rodrigo Duterte administration as a terrorist, is given a lifetime achievement award by the United Nations.

Pagdurog ng AFP sa NPA, kinutya ng mga rebelde

VIGAN CITY — Kinutya at pinasinungalingan ng New People’s Army (NPA) ang deklarasyon ng gobyernong Duterte na “madudurog” nito ang rebolusyunaryong kilusan sa gitnang bahagi ng 2019.

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.

A community’s grief and anxiety through children’s eyes

BAGUIO CITY — The usual road to Loacan from Ucab, Itogon is now missing in maps and photos, defaced from the wrath of the September 15 heavy downpour that saturated the soil and followed the law of gravity. The new route is via Sabkil, offering us distant views of Ucab and Loacan whose mountains bear scars from the recent onslaught, and unseen reminders of a century of mining.

Editorial: SSM for sustenance only and not for profit

In a barangay meeting last Thursday, the residents: farmers, small scale traders and miners, were gathered to discuss their future as a community against the national government official’s decision to suddenly close down their small scale mining operations where they were drawing their already main, and for some, only means of livelihood.