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Communities plunge into debt after Ompong

Still reeling from the destructive impact of Habagat (monsoon) and Typhoon Ompong, the knee-jerk decision to close small scale mines in the region and insufficient government assistance aggravated the dire situation of disaster victims in the Cordillera.

Abra holds 1st Provincial IPMR summit

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Abra held the First Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) summit in the province on October 24.
The IPMR summit is part of the celebration of the 21st IP month. Abra Provincial IPMR Romero Daoaten led the conduct of the activity.

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.

IP group in Pagudpud receives food aid

Typhoon Ompong victims from the Oggayam-Ysneg-Yapayao tribe in Pagudpud received relief assistance from the Ilocos Center for Research Empowerment and Development (ICRED) and Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC). The project supported by the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe benefited 300 households that received relief packs.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Preserving some basic elements of IP culture

October is designated as Indigenous People’s Month. It is a time for us to celebrate the rich cultural heritage we received from our ancestors. Following are some basic elements of indigenous people’s culture that must be preserved for the living of these days.

MGB evaluates small-scale mining areas

The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) conducted rapid assessments of existing small-scale mining (SSM) areas in Mountain Province. They visited the Barangays Fidelisan in Sagada; Matiim at Alab and, Farnet at Mainit both in the town of Bontoc and; Maliten at Laylaya, Besao.

Dumagats’ protest against Chinese-funded Kaliwa-Kanan-Laiban dam

The steps of the Chinese Embassy were made red by the placards, traditional attire and mamá (betel nut) of Dumagat leaders representing villages to be submerged by the New Centennial Water Source Project (NCWS) as they protest against the building of a series of mega dams in the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges.

Weekly Reflections: Indigenous Peoples and the Church

October is declared as Indigenous People’s Month in the ecumenical world. This is an opportune time for us to look into our relationship with the indigenous peoples in our country and elsewhere. The story of the Canaanite Woman as recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew could help us in our reflection (15:21-28).