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Cimatu orders fast-track of minahang bayan permits

After a month of operation stoppage that caused hardships and uncertainty, small-scale mining, one of the traditional livelihood in the Cordillera, is back on track and here to stay after DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the immediate processing and opening of People’s Small-Scale Mining Area in Itogon, Benguet.

Panning for a glitter of hope

Gold panning is a traditional source of livelihood in indigenous communities in Norther Luzon. After the planting season, while waiting for their crops to be harvested, they line up along the river bank to try their luck for the gold carried by the river current down from the mountains.

Statements: Hold Benguet Corporation accountable for the lost lives and livelihood!

The KAIABANG – Cordillera Peoples Alliance Benguet expresses its deepest condolences to the families and kakailian of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives during typhoon Ompong’s fury. KAIABANG is also in grief over one of the worst tragedies that occurred in the region, which is attributed to corporate mining and greed.

Of typhoons, farms, tailings dams and Lepanto mines

BAGUIO CITY — Farmers tilling lands along the Abra River in Quirino town of Ilocos Sur knew that the heavy rains that came with typhoon Ompong would again wash out their ricefields. Experience taught them this.

Editorial: SSM for sustenance only and not for profit

In a barangay meeting last Thursday, the residents: farmers, small scale traders and miners, were gathered to discuss their future as a community against the national government official’s decision to suddenly close down their small scale mining operations where they were drawing their already main, and for some, only means of livelihood.

Groups hold BCI accountable for Itogon landslides

BAGUIO CITY – The number of groups calling to hold Benguet Corporation, Incorporated (BCI) also responsible increases as the body count rises in Itogon, Benguet province from land slides when Typhoon Ompong hit the region.

DENR Sec. Cimatu issues ban on small scale mining in Cordillera

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Thousands of families depending on small scale mining will have to look for other sources of livelihood because Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in Cordillera last Septemver 17.

Green SONA tackles “environmental monsters”

BAGUIO CITY — Environmental advocates across the country gathered at Hotel Albergo in this city on Monday, August 20, for the annual State of the Nature Assessment (Green SONA) organized by Green Convergence (GC). This year’s theme, “Environmental monsters are back; Superheroes needed!” underscored the call for action to protect the environment.

Diaries From The Field: Aparri, a paradise lost?

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?