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Weekly Reflections: Organizing based on the Gospel of Mark (2/8)

Now, whom did Jesus organize? It is interesting to analyze the criteria set by Jesus in choosing the people to organize. He chooses people who are at the periphery or at the bottom of the power structure, rather than to be drawn towards those who are at the centre or at the top of the socio-economic and political systems. This is exemplified by Jesus when he lived and worked among the common and ordinary folks from the rural and fishing communities of Galilee and its surrounding towns and villages. From among these people, Jesus Christ our Lord chose his first recruits.

Video: First aid training for Martsa Amianan participants

The Community Health Services and Training in the Cordillera region (Chestcore) held a First Aid Training for selected participants of the Martsa ti Amianan last November 12, 2015. The Martsa ti Amianan is a North Luzon wide protest action that will be joined by different people’s organizations in Northern Luzon.

Video: The danger of unrehabilitated mining tunnels in Itogon

Engineer Aniceto and Santos Mero explain a lurking threat of great disaster underneath Itogon, Benguet. Furthermore, they hold Benguet Corp and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau accountable for this. First, Benguet Corp. for its irresponsible mining practice. Second, the MGB because of its inability to closely monitor mining companies.


Lumads visit Aggays, discuss common issue of state fascism

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Lumads of Mindanao met the Aggays and Malauegs of North Luzon in a discussion to raise more awareness on their common plight on state fascism committed against Indigenous Peoples last November 3 at Palacio ni Arsobispo (Bishop’s Palace) in Tuguegarao City.

Kumperensya kasilpo ti serbisyo ti padanum, indauloan ti Stop Exploitation

VIGAN, Ilocos Sur — Balligi ti panagtataripnong dagiti mannalon a naiyaramid idi Nobiembre 5, 2015 iti STERN Mall ti Siudad ti Candon. Ti aktibidad a nainaganan a “Kumperensya ti Mannalon Mainaig ti Serbisyo a Padanum” ket inorganisa ken indauloan ti Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation).

Umili ti Karayan Buaya, pinairut ti panagkaykaysa

VIGAN, Ilocos Sur — Nasurok 100 a mangibagi kadagiti komunidad a pagayusan iti Karayan Buaya iti ili ti Salcedo, Santa Lucia ken Santa Cruz ti dimmar-ay iti maika-uppat a kongreso ti Timpuyog ti Umili iti Karayan Buaya (TUKB). Itandudo ken irupir ti pudpudno a reporma ti daga ken pangtao a karbengan.” Naiyaramid daytoy idi Oktubre 31 babaen ti panangsangaili ti umili ti Brgy. Conconig East iti ili ti Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. Ti nasao nga assembleya ket simmentro iti tema a “Pairuten ken palawaen ti panagkaykaysa para iti panangsalaknib ti pangkabiagan.

CPA to highlight mining issues during APEC protest

BAGUIO CITY — On the Annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila on November 18-19, 2015, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), along with other environmental groups, will join the Peoples Caravan Against Imperialist Globalization II on November 19 in Manila to highlight the issues of corporate mining by foreign companies in the Cordillera.

Public pays full price of APEC summit

QUEZON CITY — Bayan Muna Partylist Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate slammed the “no work, no pay” policy that will be imposed in the special non-working holidays in the National Capital Region during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader’s Summit to be held in Manila from November 17 to 18.

Isang di malilimutang karanasan ng kabataang katutubo

ANTIPOLO, Rizal — Noong Oktubre 24-26, 2015, nagkaroon ng pambansang pagsasanay ang mga katutubong kabataan sa Boso-boso Highlands Resort and convention center. Ito ay dinaluhan ng mahigit 60 katutubong kabataan mula sa iba’t ibang tribu sa iba’t-ibang parte ng bansa.

Lessons from past IP representations

Under the principle of co-equal and coordinate powers, the structure of government was divided into the executive, legislative and judiciary. The rationale behind this is to avoid the evils of monopolization of power as orchestrated during the grim Philippine era of martial rule wherein all three powers were under the discretion of the dictator.

Highest court denies vendors’ plea on Baguio public market dev’t

BAGUIO CITY — In its resolution, SC denied the petition of the market vendors to overturn the December 28, 2012 decision of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) affirming the validity of the local government’s contract with Uniwide Sales Realty and Resources Corporation for the development of the city public market under Baguio City Ordinance No. 038, series of 1995. Under the agreement, Uniwide will build a multi-storey building in the area and operate its upper floors for 30 years. The first floor where the main market place and legitimate vendors will be housed will continue to be operated by the city government under the Design-Build-Lease (DBL) scheme.

Farmers prefer old trading post to Agri Pinoy

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Farmers continue to use the La Trinidad Trading Post despite the opening of the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in a soft launching last October 26.

DENR approves forest protection plan for Tuba

TUBA, Benguet — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) approved last October 26 the forest land use plan (FLUP) of Tuba, Benguet but the work for Tuba local officials in crafting protection plans for their forests is not yet over.


Editorial: Time to establish a PWD affairs office

It is universal that all humans are equal regardless of their race, religion, economic standing or condition in life. Such principle is contained in international laws and even in various local laws.


Crossroads: Palit tanim — seguridad ng pagkain

Bilang paggunita sa Buwan ng Magsasaka sa Oktubre, inilunsad ng mga magsasaka ng Cagayan Valley ang Palit Tanim. Naglalayon ang Palit Tanim na ibalik ang tradisyonal na pagsasaka gamit ang mga minanang binhi (heirloom or heritage seeds). Taliwas ito sa inilalakong konsepto ng Departamento ng Agrikultura na pagtatanim ng mga GMO at high yielding varieties na gumagamit ng sangkatutak na inputs upang mapalaki ang ani.

Pagdapilan: K12, balbalatong aya?

Kumusta ti biag ti maysa a mannalon kailian? Ammok nga nasapa ka latta nga bumangbangon ta uray nu parbangon pay laeng ket idaddadang mon tay danum nga pangkape. Haan mo pay mailibak nga un-unaam pay ketdin tay taraok dagiti manok kadagitoy nga panawenen. Kas tay kunada nu lumaklakay wenno bumakbaket tay maysa nga tao ket umababa ti kasapulan na nga turog. Kuna da pay nga mairidep laeng bassit ket naganaygay manen iti rikna nga mapan tumapog idiay kataltalonan.


Statements: Resist the expansion of agricultural plantations in Mindanao

The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) congratulates the organizers and forerunners of the Resist Expansion of Agricultural Plantations in Mindanao (REAP) campaign. It is very timely as big agricultural plantations are continuously ravaging lands in Mindanao and other parts of the country like Bohol and Palawan.


Weekly Reflections: Organizing based on the Gospel of Mark (1/8)

Our Biblical basis for our reflections is the whole Gospel of Mark. According to New Testament scholars, this is the first Gospel written, and it focuses on the ministry of Jesus. There are several titles accorded to Jesus Christ our Lord that we could see in this Gospel, like teacher, healer, and miracle worker. But there is one title that would best describe Jesus’ ministry, but never mentioned in the Gospel at all, and that is: Jesus is an organizer.


Youthspeak: Fight vs imperialist globalization

Food, music, culture and entertainment are at its best is what they say in a neocolonial world. It shows how open and diverse our whole community is. However, on what basis do we say that we are open and diverse? Being open and diverse are good things because we are excited to learn and share new ideas, technologies and innovations.


Statements: On UN Day to end impunity against journalists

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines – Baguio-Benguet observes the United Nations Day to End Impunity Against Journalists with a call to uphold press freedom and to end the climate of fear in a country that boasts of democracy after the Marcoses were ousted from power in 1986. Journalists and press freedom advocates will remain steadfast in its commitment to work to be the voice of the people in a system that still suppresses the truth by practicing the culture of impunity without shame. Most of the journalists killed worked in the provinces, making us believe that the perpetrators of the crime are those who were in practice of corrupting the poor situation in the communities.

Video: Itogon sinkhole, a consequence of mining

In this video report, Engr. Vergel Aniceto gives an in depth discussion on the factors that eventually led to the development of a sinkhole underneath a community in Barangay Virac, Itogon, Benguet which swallowed six houses.