On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.
Leaders of progressive youth groups in Baguio trooped to the city council and were accommodated at the regular council session on Monday, November 5 to raise their concerns on red-tagging and harassment perpetrated by the city police.
A fact-checking network said the government “is not visible enough” in the fight against the spread of false information in the Internet.
The search and retrieval operations in Banawel, Natonin, Mountaint Province will continue even as contingents from the national and regional agencies have already pulled out on Friday, November 9.
Groups criticized the Pines City College in Baguio City for imposing mandatory pregnancy test for female students saying that it is a violation of the rights of the students.
In Natonin, Mountain Province, volunteers and government officials spent the All Saints’ and All Souls’ holiday retrieving dead bodies and searching for missing persons at a massive landslide that dragged the office building of the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) downhill.
Environmental advocate and writer Sherwin De Vera filed a motion to exclude his name from the Department of Justice’s proscription petition to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army as terrorist organizations.
The town of Itogon received P20 million from the National Housing Authority for the resettlement of 720 families whose houses are within the ‘no build zones’.
Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson shared his plan to issue a directive making the installation of fire alarms and sprinklers a standard safety measures in schools.
Victims of typhoon Ompong in Baguio City whose houses were destroyed complain of not receiving any assistance.
A notorious underground group of students, the Student Intelligence Network has been known to harass, intimidate, and threaten progressive individuals and groups in schools and universities.
The Province of Ilocos Sur is still recovering from the destruction brought by Typhoon Ompong. Despite this situation, the provincial leadership assured the populace of the local government’s readiness for Typhoon Rosita (International name: Yutu).