The party-list system was then seen as a hallmark in the democratization of the Philippine government. Signed into law in March 1995, Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-List System Act seeks to equalize the electoral playing field by providing a fifth of the seats at the House of Representatives to sectoral groups, organizations, and political parties of the marginalized.
BAGUIO CITY — Representatives from the three large scale mining companies operating in the Cordillera want a review of former President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 79, saying that it hampered the growth of the mining industry.
VIGAN CITY — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) challenged the officials of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 1 to file appropriate charges against local governments who continue to violate the law on Solid Waste Management (RA 9003).
BAGUIO CITY — The draft of the city’s environment code faced more scrutiny from the local legislative body during the council session on June 20, 2016, amending loopholes targeted by the council members from the first reading.
BAGUIO CITY — Transport groups in the city petition the Supreme Court justices to declare the Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) phase out and Joint Administrative Order (JAO 2014-01) jointly crafted by the Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) unconstitutional.
VIGAN CITY — The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (STOP Exploitation) today criticized presidential candidates for “being mum on the corruption and misuse of billions of funds meant for farmers.” Zaldy Alfiler, the group’s Secretary General claims that this might be their means of “courting the support of political dynasties and warlords in Ilocos.”
BAGUIO CITY — Local formation of Anakbayan in Cordillera blasted the Supreme Court (SC) 10-4 ruling to approve the constitutionality of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, saying such move means surrender of Philippine sovereignty to the United States.
BAGUIO CITY — The Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Region draft can not be used as a template for the Cordillera organic act, said Atty. Armi Beatriz Bayot of the office of the Solicitor General.
The incisive discourse of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the University of Baguio (NORDIS, September 13, 2015, p.8); challenged the audience of lawyers and law students to “ have the passion and the courage to do right by our people.” The challenge is most appropriate in our Philippine context wherein “what is stated in law is not what is always practiced”. And this is because of the entrenched and reality of Philippine society where “the dominant social standpoint comes from the landlords and bourgeoisie compradors of the ruling class”.
ITOGON, Benguet — In their efforts to preserve what is left of their town’s natural resources, the Sangguniang Bayan of this mining town is perfecting an ordinance for the preservation of century old and heritage trees.
BAGUIO CITY — A post wedding photo shoot at a burial cave pushed local officials of Sagada, Mountain Province to hasten the passage of a local legislation to ensure the protection of indigenous’ sacred places and practices of this upland tourist town.
By CITA MANAGUELOD www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — On the 20th anniversary of the signing into law of the Philippine Mining Act of …