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University executives complain against SM

School administrators of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) and the University of the Cordilleras (UC) complained against the SM mall for disturbing classes, causing traffic jam and emitting foul smell during the Baguio City council session on November 26 saying that it disturbs their students.

Convergence to protect Cordillera Rice Terraces

A conference on the conservation and rehabilitation of Cordillera rice terraces organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was held last November 20 to 22 at the Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao province. The conference intended to solicit commitments and support from the local and international communities in the conservation of the rice terraces in the Cordillera for food security.

USOK: Small Scale Miners’ Livelihood in Peril

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.

Cimatu orders fast-track of minahang bayan permits

After a month of operation stoppage that caused hardships and uncertainty, small-scale mining, one of the traditional livelihood in the Cordillera, is back on track and here to stay after DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the immediate processing and opening of People’s Small-Scale Mining Area in Itogon, Benguet.

NIA cancels Salcedo dam project

The National Irrigation Administration canceled the P3.4 billion Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Impounding Project (GGDPIP) in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur province, one of the flagship dam project of the administration’s Build, Build, Build program due to strong opposition from affected communities and local officials.

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.

Intensify protection of Mt. Data reserve — PAMB

The Mt. Data National Park Protected Area Management Board (MDNP-PAMB) reiterated calls to intensify protection of the Mt. Data National Park during its third quarter meeting held at Abatan, Buguias, Benguet.

Groups hold BCI accountable for Itogon landslides

BAGUIO CITY – The number of groups calling to hold Benguet Corporation, Incorporated (BCI) also responsible increases as the body count rises in Itogon, Benguet province from land slides when Typhoon Ompong hit the region.