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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.

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.

Farmers back claims on tobacco tax share misuse

The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) recognized the statements made by Bernard Vicente, national president of the National Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC), noting that “inappropriate use of billions of tobacco funds are obvious.”

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.

Cordi youth seeks support against red-tagging

Student leaders sought the assistance of Baguio elders, local and national government officials on Wednesday, October 24 to address harassment and vilification campaign against their organizations.

City supports House Bill protecting BPO workers

Workers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in Baguio City found allies in the Baguio City Government as members of the Baguio City Council unanimously adopted the proposed resolution supporting legislation in the House of Representatives ensuring the welfare and protection of BPO workers in the Philippines.

Health alliance pushes for mental health law

Mental Health has become a top concern in many parts of the world at present and that increase in mental health problems have been observed even in third-world countries like the Philippines.

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.