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Kalinga adopts DAR chief, Usec

BAGUIO CITY — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Paeng” Mariano and his Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari are now officially Ykalinga or children or from Kalinga Province.

Philippines “worst country for workers”

BAGUIO CITY — The militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) expressed alarm as the Philippines has been tagged as one of the “worst countries in the world for workers” on this year’s Global Rights Index report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for the fourth consecutive time.

Privatizing electric coop may mean lost jobs, contractualization

BAGUIO CITY — The general manager of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) warned that if private corporations and capitalists manage to take over the operation of the cooperative, there is a possibility that this will lead to job displacements and contractualization.

Cagayan Valley farmers join sugar workers’ national congress

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Representatives of agricultural workers in sugarcane and bioethanol plantations in Cagayan Valley attended the successful 8th Congress of the National Federation of Sugar Workersc- Food and General Trades (NFSW-FGT) in Bacolod City last May 30-31, aiming to unite with nationwide efforts to oppose intensifying neoliberal exploitation and repression of mill and farm workers in the sugar and bioethanol industry.

NPA Kalinga counter-attacks gov’t troops

BALBALAN, Kalinga — The Lejo Cawilan Command (LCC), the local command of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Kalinga launched dispersed counter-operations against the ‘coy-sized’ operations of the 50th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) in the area.

Nabusisi a proseso ti claims iti Martial Law

BAGUIO CITY — Nakaad-adu ti saludsod iti Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) manipud kadagiti biktima ti martial law. Nairuaren ti umuna a sangkapaset ti listaan ti 4,000 a claimants ngem nakaad-adu ti nabusisi unay sakbay nga ited ti HRVCB ti cash cards babaen ti Land Bank.

CAR wage hike not enough

BAGUIO CITY — Anakpawis Cordillera maintains that the P15 to P25 daily wage increase for all minimum wage earners in the private sector that Regional Tripartite Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB) Cordillera recently issued is a far cry from what workers need.

Ilocos farmers rebuke NTA’s achievements

BAGUIO CITY — In a statement posted on the National Tobacco Administration’s Facebook account on May 23, NTA Administrator Dr. Robert Seares wrote that in his first 100 days he went straight to do what he needed to deliver. In the said post, the agency chief drew attention to his effort to make the crop “sustainable, lucrative and mutually beneficial” especially for the farmers.

Indigenous peoples file complaints vs AFP

MANILA — Katribu joined Indigenous peoples from Ifugao and Lianga, Surigao del Sur as they filed complaints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on May 10.

National minorities unmask Oplan Kapayapaan

QUEZON CITY — “In the end phase of the imperialist crisis, it is in the last frontiers of resources – in the ancestral domains of indigenous peoples and territories of national minorities that we see the aggression of the ruling classes, ” reacted Professor Fatima Castillo on the reports of human rights and international humanitarian law violations against national minorities.

Moro-Christian group hits Duterte’s “on-off” stance on Peace Talks

BAGUIO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte’s “on-off-on” stance on the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is “nauseating” as state-perpetrated violence among national minorities and activists continue to rise, a grassroots alliance of Muslims and Christians said.