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agrarian, indigenous, and other land issues

All That Fits: No recourse but struggle for self-determination

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do?Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonored. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honorably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)! –Macliing Dulag, Kalinga
37 years ago since the successful opposition of the Bontoc and Kalinga peoples to the World Bank-funded Chico Dams, this challenge penned in the words of Macliing Dulag, one of the many elders who led our people in asserting right to land and life, remains true, current, and inspirational as we join fellow indigenous peoples in celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. Indeed, the story of the Chico struggle is a timeless example of self-determining indigenous communities. It is remarkable how much this struggle is rather reknown to indigenous peoples and advocates in other countries. It should mean much more to us here in the Cordillera and in the Philippines.

TEPO, PEPO Proposed to protect Puguis vs informal settlers

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — To restrain Puguis illegal settlers from destroying the communal forest, the Municipal Legal Officer, Bartolome Baldas, Jr. proposed the filing for the issuance of Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) and Permanent Environmental Protection Order (PEPO) against all occupants of the Puguis Communal Forest.

House OKs another two years to validate titles in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 7455, authored by Rep. Mark Go, granting another period to file manifestation to validate titles issued under Civil Reservation Case No. 1, GLRO, Record No. 211, pursuant to Republic Act 931, as amended, and as provided under P.D. 1271, amended.

Mannalon ti Cabugao, nagpiket iti PARO Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY — Nagpiket ti nasurok 20 a kameng ti Alyansa dagiti Kumpang ti Cabugao (Alkumpac) iti Provincial Agrarian Reform Office (PARO) idi Pebrero 26. Dagiti mannalon ket naggapu iti Barangay Bato ken Lipit ili ti Cabugao ken benepisyaryo ti Certificate of Land Tranfer (CLT). Protprotestaranda ti nabuntog nga aksyon ti PARO iti indatagda a petisyon kasilpo iti riri iti daga a suksukayenda.

Editorial: Assault on IP rights, ancestral domain

The area blown up by military personnel under the National Task Force Mining Challenge (NTFMC) last February 14 may have been defined as within the municipal boundaries of Tuba, Benguet but, for the longest time, it is also being been claimed by Baguio City and specifically the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has also been trying to ease out any private claims, legitimate or illegitimate, over this area.

From Under This Hat: Closing people’s mines

One great river used to run down near the area where a community of Ibaloy people identified in the genealogy line of my grandmother Biskey used to fallow. It is round about the area above the Kennon Road police check point, and goes down to the Camp 4 mining areas that news releases reported that the “dog holes” of the Ibaloy’s small scales mines were blown up (I prayed no one was inside the tunnels) by DENR personel and military raiders for reasons of implementing the goverment’s program to close illegal mines on allegations that these illegal mines were paying taxes to the New People’s Army.