Before the controversial Chico River Pump Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), there was the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project (now Banaoang Pump Irrigation System or BPIS) in Ilocos Sur. A facility funded and built by the Chinese government that can provide added and solid ground why people should be concerned of the CRPIP loan agreement.
The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) said that former National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Kalinga provincial officer Natividad Sugguiyao is the one misinforming the people and not the report published by Inquirer.net by correspondent Kimberlie Quitasol.
The Makabayan block is preparing a case to question the constitutionality of the loan agreement between China and the government for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) at the Supreme Court.
Besides the onerous agreement that governs the financial loan for Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Pinukpuk, Kalinga province, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance is also raising the violation of indigenous people (IPs) rights committed by the project proponents.
Farmers of Baggao town in Cagayan province successfully closed a deal with traders in the municipality to forego the interest of their debt during calamities and disasters.
By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Farmers in Benguet province are suffering from the dry spell for more than a month …
Cordillera People’s Alliance said in a statement issued on Thursday, March 7 that the planners of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project “did not take into account the overall development plan of the Chico River and the province of Kalinga, such as the building of many hydropower, geothermal and mining projects.”
Former Bayan Muna Representative and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares said the loan agreement between the government and the People’s Republic of China for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in the Cordillera is not only “onerous” but also “disastrous” for the country.
Groups say the Rice Competitiveness and Enhancement Fund mandated under the newly signed Rice Tariffication Law will only serve as another “milking cow” for authorities.
Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) said the Rice Tariffication Law, like other policies that deregulated trade and industry, will lead to higher prices and ruin local production.
Makabayan Ilocos said the passage of Rice Tariffication Law puts our farmers in a disadvantageous position and discourages them to plant the crop.
A farmer from the Bahong village in La Trinidad town, the rose capital of Benguet province, said there will be enough roses for Valentines despite the dipping temperature this February.