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Update reports and discussions on the current situation and issues of specific areas and sectors of NL; similar to “events” but more focused on the situation and issues themselves, not on specific activities.

NIA gets Certification Precondition for Chico Pump Irrigation Project

NCIP Cordillera Director Roland Calde confirmed that the commission en banc agreed to issue the Certification Precondition for the controversial Chico River Pump Irrigation Project on May 23 despite the violations of the FPIC guidelines committed by the National Irrigation Administration.

Ilocos Sur lass tops 2019 PMA Graduating Class

A lass from Alilem, Ilocos Sur province topped this year’s Mabalasik Class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) becoming the fifth woman to graduate as valedictorian after the academy accepted female cadets in 1993.

Igorot activist receives international human rights award

An Igorot activist, labeled by the Philippine government as “terrorist”, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for defending human rights and promoting democracy from the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

NIA rejects IP commission’s suspension order on Chico irrigation project

The National Irrigation Administration rejected the call to suspend works on the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project made by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. Instead, it will just limit construction activities and urged the immediate issuance of the Certification Precondition regardless of its violations.

PERSPECTIVES | Kalingas ponder on the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

On May 7, the Cordillera Regional Development Council held a joint committee meeting to tackle the issues arising from the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project. Two i-Kalingas were there, one is with the protesters who picketed the gathering and the other seated among those talking inside the office. Here are their thoughts on the P4.3 billion irrigation facility funded through a credit agreement with the Chinese government.

NIA urged to suspend Chico River project amid protest

With the growing protests and issues surrounding the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP), a joint committee of the Regional Development Council Cordillera was forced to urge the proponent to halt the construction operations.

China-funded Chico Pump Irrigation trampling on IP rights

Apart from the onerous loan agreement, other controversies continue to surface in relation to the P4.3 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP). For this project, the first and biggest soft loan package offered by China to the Philippines, the Duterte government has trampled the principles of free and prior informed consent (FPIC) and thus the rights of indigenous peoples.

International human rights award conferred to Cordillera activist

Igorot activist Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, scion of Ibaloi chieftain Mateo Cariño is this year’s recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. She is the first Filipino conferred with the honor by May 18 Memorial Foundation, one of the largest human rights group in South Korea.

Baguio nurses decry red-tagging

In a press conference on April 4, the dean of the University of the Cordilleras College of Nursing Judith Magwilang together with officials of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) asserted that nurses or anybody for that matter, fighting for just wages and stable jobs and advocating peace do not deserve to be vilified nor be associated with any armed groups.