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Church groups facilitate relief in Ilocos

As food insecurity looms over poor communities due to the destruction brought by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), international, national and local church groups band together to deliver much needed relief.

Diaries from the Field: Napateg a pannagna

Panggimong a serbisio ti kasapulanda nga ipaay koma ti gobierno kas ti libre nga edukasion dagiti ubbing, libre nga agas ken serbisio iti salun-at. Kasta met a maaramid koma ti farm-to-market roads ken agsuporta koma gobierno tapno dumur-as ti sistema ti agrikultura iti lugar. Dagita koma ti serbisio nga ipaay ti gobierno iti umili, saan a panagtalinaed dagiti militar iti komunidad.

Letters: Liham hinggil sa kalagayan ng magsasaka sa Jones, Isabela

Kami ay nababahala sa aming nakita at naranasan sa dalawang araw na pakikisalamuha sa mga magsasaka sa komunidad. Balisa sila dahil hindi pa nakakabawi sa malalalang pananalasa ng bagyong Ompong. Nasira ang 70% hanggang 100% ng kanilang pananim na mais na tangi nilang ikinabubuhay.

Youth Speak: Activists not Terrorists: On the Facebook post of BCPO

The danger in redtagging these organizations is the risk these students and activists are put into. With the anti-insurgency program and the Red October plot, activists become the main target. In schools across the Cordillera, students are subject to thorough bag frisking because of the administration’s fear of a student insurrection, and students are being tagged members of the NPA.

Choice Cuts: Bulilit Health Workers Program

During the 2017 BHW Summit, the OCMS-Bulilit and Teen Health Workers earned several recognition and awards including a top place in a return demo of emergency management of epilepsy; 2nd place for Poster Making Contest (teen category) and 3rd place for the bulilit category.

All that Fits: Free Rachel Mariano

For those who may not know yet, Rakel is a Cordillera activist, an Ibaloi-Kankanaey from Itogon, Benguet. She hails from Ucab—a community that fiercely and successfully resisted the open pit mining of Benguet Corporation. Rakel worked closely with Cordillera communities for their right to health as the Health Program Desk Coordinator of the Community Health, Education, Services and Training in the Cordillera (CHESTCORE) in Baguio City, since 2004.

Group slams fake mass surrenders in Ilocos Sur

Reports said that nine members of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) from Barangay Legazpi, Galimuyod surrendered to the Community Support Program of the 81st IB. Another group from Barangay Bugnay, composed of ten KM and 17 Samahang Magsasaka members also yielded to the military.