More Lumad from Bukidnon province were rescued from their “slave-like” work in Ilocos according to the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Agricultural Workers’ Union or UMA).
The Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC) urged the government to channel sufficient funds and efforts to rehabilitate and improve the “age-old and traditional” communal irrigation systems in the region. It also called authorities to develop and implement “water resource and irrigation policy and program guided by the principles of equity and social justice.”
Thirty-two Lumad, including a couple with two kids, belonging to the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe of Quezon, Bukidnon escaped from their abusive employer in Sual, Pangasinan on June 30 according to a factsheet sent by the Unyon ng mga Manggawa sa Agrikultura (Agriculture Workers Union or UMA).
he National Irrigation Administration Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) will minimize its construction work in the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in response to the request of the regional National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to suspend its activities pending the issuance of the Certification Precondition for the project.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) flagged the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) anew for failing to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project (ALPIP) in Ifugao prior to earth-moving and construction.
The Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) offered to mediate the concerned communities of Besao, Mountain Province and Tubo, Abra to resolve the gruesome murder of three individuals.
The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.
The SANDUGO and Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) slammed the appointment of a former military official as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairperson. The groups warned that indigenous peoples should brace for intensified military deployment in indigenous peoples’ lands with the appointment of Capuyan.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) condemned the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for setting aside its own mandate to “accommodate the onerous and anomalous” Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP).
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.
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.
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.