Tobacco farmers are asking President Rodrigo Duterte and lawmakers to probe into how millions of the tobacco excise tax shares of their local governments were spent. For nearly three decades now, benefits from tobacco excise tax shares of local government units have remained a tobacco farmer’s illusion.
In commemoration of the World Fisheries Day, the provincial federation of fisherfolk in La Union led the conduct of the Fisherfolk Leaders Summit on November 28 in the second congressional district of the province.
Nagtipon-tipon ang mga kabataan at mga guro sa isinagawang talakayan hinggil sa pamana ni Andres Bonifacio at kahalagahan ng wikang Filipino noong ika-30 ng Nobyembre sa Vigan City na pinangunahan ng Kabataan Partylist-Ilocos,
One of this year’s seven Bantayog ng mga Bayani honorees, Alfredo Celi Cezar, Jr., an ordained deacon and teacher, did more than joining the parliament of the streets. The namesake of the New People’s Army’s provincial command in Ilocos Sur, joined the list of Martial Law heroes and martyrs in the Wall of Memorial.
Organizations and communities in Ilocos reaffirmed their commitment to oppose destructive mining and plunderous projects in the region during the 3rd Ilocos Mining Summit.
Despite the aggressive campaign of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), local government units (LGU) and companies, tobacco farmers and production are losing numbers. Roadside farms, used to be the domain of tobacco are now occupied by corn and peanuts. While in some villages, tomatoes are now cultivated on the lands where the region’s “green gold” once flourished. The plant that transformed the Ilocos provinces and some of its towns, that were suffering from scarcity of funds, into first income class LGUs, is now struggling to survive.
Provincial legislators passed a resolution calling on the Department of Justice to remove one of its constituents named in the proscription petition to declare the communist-led rebels as terrorist.
In time for the 13th anniversary commemoration of the murder of two activist in Ilocos and Cordillera, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) and Ilocos Human Rights Alliance slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement to form a death squad to go after suspected rebels.
Naidanon dagiti ramit ti talon iti tallo a komunidad ti Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Dagiti remienta kas ti pala, barreta, gabion ken karetela ket inted dagiti Redemptorist Missionaries naggapu kadagiti deboto ti National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help idiay Baclaran, Parañaque City, Manila.
Childhood experience with tobacco growing is not the only thing the two share. Cesar and Julius also have similar complains about the price, the growership scheme, and the government’s treatment of farmers.
Ferdinand Concepcion of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office confirmed the P500 distributed in Candon City came from the provincial government and admitted their short coming for not indicating the amount on the acknowledgment receipt,
Today November 25, International Day to End Violence against Women and on November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we dedicate this column to the women who have committed themselves in the struggle for social change but suffering from persecution because of their political beliefs.