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LGU, operators and miners assail PMRB order on SSM

Speaking in mixed Ilokano and English, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan pointed out the PMRB’s advisory on the issuance of temporary permit released on October 18 negates the purpose of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to allow the processing of ore.

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.

Operation Paglingap sa Cagayan, tagumpay

Matagumpay na naisagawa ang relief distribution operation para sa mga nasalanta ng Bagyong Ompong sa bayan ng Santo Nino, Cagayan sa ilalim ng Operation Paglingap na pinangunahan ng National Council of Churches of the Philippines katuwang ang Cagayan Valley Regional Ecumenical Assembly.

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.

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.

Red-tagging against progressives intensify

In a span of one week, a smear campaign using printed materials and online memes were circulated by suspected military agents and the police. Members of partylists, human rights advocates, including media practitioners in Northern Luzon are being tagged as New People’s Army (NPA) members and recruiters.

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.