Before I saw Aparri for the first time, the picture of the place in my mind was that of long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches framing a most picturesque sunset against the horizon. Aparri is the town at the northern most tip of Cagayan province known as the place where the river meets the sea. However, when I first set foot there, I felt deep dismay at vestiges of a paradise lost, forever?
Small-scale miners in Benguet who applied for Minahang Bayan under Republic Act 7076 or the Small Scale Mining Act of 1991 are facing an uphill battle against corporations and existing mining laws.
BAGUIO CITY — Members of the Palina Indigenous Peoples Community Association (PIPCA) urged President Rodrigo Duterte and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu to endorse the immediate passage of House Bill 4387. The bill, authored by Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan intends to declare Kibungan town a mining free zone.
Ni NORWIN GONZALES www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Nagballaag ti Leonardo Pacsi Command – New People’s Army Mt. Province (LPC-NPA) kasilpo ti pangta …
By GWEN GAONGEN www.nordis.net SAGADA, Mountain Province – Provincial constituents and public officials were warned by Allen Sumeg-ang Ocden, Mountain Province PNP …
BAGUIO CITY — The Ifugao court has made the temporary environmental protection order over Mount Polis permanent and barred all forms of quarrying in the area.
VIGAN CITY — A member of the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Ilocos Sur called on his colleagues to investigate the National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) conduct of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
CANDON CITY — Inpeksa dagiti kameng ti Cervantes Ipateg, Salakniban Movement! (CISM) karaman dagiti mano nga opisyal ti ili ken abogado ti pangngeddengda a lumaban kontra ti eksplorasyon ti Cordillera Exploration Corporation, Inc. (CEXCI). Kasta met ti pannakadismayada iti National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP). Ilanadda dagitoy a sentimyento iti naangay a konsultasyon idiay Saint Agnes School idi Pebrero 25.
BAGUIO CITY — Pocket miners operating the tunnels below the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) that were shut down by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last February 10 said that their main source of livelihood was taken away.
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.
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.