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Statements: On the extrajudicial killing of Berta Cáceres

The Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) shares the international outrage over the extrajudicial killing of Berta Cáceres, a woman activist from the Lenca indigenous people (IP) in Honduras and a staunch defender of IP rights, human rights, and the environment. Berta Cáceres, a leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was extrajudicially killed on March 3 for defending her community from destruction by the Agua Zarca mega-dam project that is funded by the FMO-Dutch Development Bank and other major European financial institutions, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Bandillo: An initial critique of the National Greening Progam

This writer’s stance on the National Greening Program has been transformed from one of guarded caution (who would not want a reforestation program?) to principled opposition. Recent developments dictate that National Greening Program (NGP) must be exposed and opposed. Not only is it a source of massive corruption but it has since become a program for massive landgrabbing and consequently reconcentration.

Students walk out to protest mine safety, APEC

BAGUIO CITY — Some 200 students of the University of the Philippines Baguio walked out of their classes and marched to the streets on November 17 to join the group of indigenous peoples, workers, urban poor and professionals to protest the annual mine safety week activities here and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Metro Manila.

APEC to worsen plunder of natural resources

BAGUIO CITY — The Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will only worsen plunder of the country’s natural resources; displacement and rights violations of indigenous peoples to give way to foreign backed mining and energy projects, according to Amianan Salakniban (Defend the Nordth) Spokesperson Fernando Mangili.

DENR approves forest protection plan for Tuba

TUBA, Benguet — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) approved last October 26 the forest land use plan (FLUP) of Tuba, Benguet but the work for Tuba local officials in crafting protection plans for their forests is not yet over.

DENR’s reforestation threatens IPs in Isabela

BAGUIO CITY — “Umay dagiti DENR, ipapilit da nga agmula kami iti kayo kadagiti namulaan mi iti saba, mais, pagay ken dadduma pay nga kayo nga agbungbunga iti prutas. Kalpasanna ket maideklara a bagi ti DENR ti daga. Awan mabalin mi gaputa awan titulo mi. Kasano kami ngay nga agnanaed kadagiti masakupan ti NGP Projects, awan papanan mi a dadduma. Agbisin dagiti pamilya mi.” (The DENR came and forced us to plant trees within our banana, rice, corn fields and other fruit-bearing trees. After planting the seedlings, DENR declares that the land is theirs. We cannot do anything because we do not have titles. As people living in NGP-project areas we are deeply concerned, we have nowhere to go. Our families will go hungry.)

BSU aids JHMC’s battle vs beetle attack

LA TRINIDAD — Employing its research and extension functions, Benguet State University (BSU) through their small army of researchers and foresters managed to trim down the 68 beetle-infested pines trees, which were subjected for sanitation tree cutting, to marginal number of 39.

DENR holds Batangan consultations

By GWEN GAONGEN SAGADA, Mt. Province — The provincial staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) held documentation …