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Indigenous peoples lobby against dams

QUEZON CITY — While other indigenous peoples celebrate their small victories in their communities in commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the IPs in dam-affected communities travel to the Metro to forward their position against dam projects being imposed in their communities.

SC stops demolition at BIBAK lot

BAGUIO CITY — The scheduled demolition of illegal structures in the compound of the former BIBAK Dormitory was halted after the Supreme Court (SC) issued a status quo order. This followed a petition for injunction filed by the residents of the illegal structures days before the scheduled clearing.

Aglipay church says murder of priest is attack vs the people

BAGUIO CITY — The Iglesia Filipina Indipendiente (IFI) denounces the murder of Fr. Tante Balbas and the shooting of his companion Joel Alapit in Barangay Sulbec, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte last August 11 saying that the act was an attack against the people and the Church as they demand for justice.

Radyo Sagada prepares to be back on air soon

SAGADA, Mountain Province — Radio Sagada will be back on air as soon as safety tools to protect its equipment are installed at Mt. Ampacao here. This was announced in a press statement by its station manager. She however did not give any specific date.

LGBT Cordillera holds first Arts Festival

BAGUIO CITY — Artists and writers from the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community and their allies recently concluded the 1st Cordillera LGBT Arts Festival with a series of trainings and workshops.

Diaries From The Fields: The treasures of our lola

Last week, I visited some relatives in Quirino Province. The trip was good. The bus was air-conditioned and there weren’t many passengers. One of the joys of taking public utility buses is the experience of seeing people sending off their loved ones and the endless bilin like “agtext ka no dumanonka, no adda problema tumawagka, kitaem diay ticket mo ken kuartam ta baka matinnag, no maulaw ka ket adda diay plastic dita bag” and so forth.

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Ayyew: Up close with Ambiong practitioners

“From growing flowers, I am now producing vegetables in pots for our family consumption. Vermiculture has complemented other organic farming methods introduced to us by the Department of Agriculture. I am now supplying our organic vegetables in the organic vegetable outlets in La Trinidad. We are even showcasing them during the Baguio Flower Festival.” — Ambiong woman practitioner

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Makan a la Pinoy: Pinangat nga aba ti Bicol

Adda dua a bersion ti pinangat, naalseman ken nagettaan. Paksiw wenno pangat ti awagda iti naalseman iti dadduma a lugar. Mabalin a pagalsem ti kamatis, pias, kalamansi, suka ken dadduma pay a pangalsem. Ginettaan a luto iti Bicol ti aramidentayo itatta.

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Poetry: After image

There is a story,
Of two men that belongs to the many,
Determined revolutionists shaping history.
Awakened the sleeping valley,
Together with the masses encircling the cities,
envisions to set men free…

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Editorial: The day Ninoy was murdered

On August 21, 1983, 32 years ago, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was murdered as he disembarked from the plane he took from the USA to the Manila International Airport (MIA), now named Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after him. That incident made a major block of the middle class angry as they pointed the accusing finger at the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a logical suspect to have given the order to assassinate Ninoy who was said to be his biggest political rival and therefore a threat. This also added fuel to the maturing sentiment to end the authoritarian rule.

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Dakami Ti Umili: Caring and nurturing our environment

This week, I attended a forum on the state of the Philippine Environment sponsored by Amianan Salakniban, Katinnulong Dagiti Umili iti Amianan Inc., and the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Aside from being informative, the forum also encourages urgency for the protection and conservation of the environment for the people.

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From Under This Hat: Position paper on dams

Rivers are an essential part of indigenous peoples’ lives and communities, and have been integral to their holistic development. Rivers form part of the territories of many indigenous peoples (IP) and serve as good sources of food and water for household and agricultural uses. Rivers also play a major role in the spirituality and belief systems of many indigenous groups.

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Statements: End the anti-indigenous peoples US-Aquino Regime

On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Katribu) celebrates the victories of the indigenous peoples worldwide to firmly assert our birthright to ancestral land and selfdetermination as we continue to struggle against intensified imperialist plunder and State repression.

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Weekly Reflections: Re-orienting Church mission

August is mission month. It is a time for us to reflect once again on the real nature of the church. The church is not simply a social institution or non-government organization; it is first and foremost God’s mission in the world. It is called upon to do God’s work of saving, redeeming, or restoring his creation into its original goodness marred by sin characterized by greed, selfishness, disobedience, and pride. The church has no mission of its own; the mission of the church is God’s mission concretely manifested in the history of Israel, in the life of the prophets, and in the ministry of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.

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Youthspeak: Message to Jaringan Orang Asal Se Malaysia

The issues of the indigenous peoples of Malaysia – migration, development aggression, militarization, commodification of culture, displacement and land-grabbing – are not far from the experiences of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines and the whole of Asia. Because of rapid modernization in a globalized world, the concerns of the indigenous peoples are avoided and evaded to give way to multi-national corporations and investors that create a fake and simulated homogenous culture of consumerism. Our indigenous socio-political structures that order our determination of development and progress are violently strained by the institutionalization of oppression and domination often times by the authorities of the state and multi-national corporations.

Benguet pocket miners sue DENR

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Engineer Lomino Kaniteng representing the Benguet Federation of Small-scale Miners, Inc (BFSSMI) filed a complaint against Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for allegedly exceeding his authority on the issuance of Administrative Order No. 2015-03 or the revised implementing rules and regulations (RIRR) for Republic Act 7076 or the People’s Small-scale Mining Act which the complainant said runs counter to RA 7076 itself and The Constitution.

Camote disease threatens food security in Ifugao

BAGUIO CITY — A soil-borne disease that infests camote (sweet potato) plants in Ifugao villages has resulted to a food crisis, according to Alyansa dagiti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (Apit-Tako), a regional alliance of peasants in the Cordillera.

BGHMC notes increase in HIV cases

BAGUIO CITY — The increasing number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) has diagnosed maybe shocking news but it also is a good indicator that more and more people are now aware enough to seek medical assistance.

Women groups urge fast and impartial probe on rape/slay case

BAGUIO CITY – As a victim of a rape-slay was found in this city recently, an alliance of women’s organizations based in this city called on police authorities for the urgent and impartial investigation of the case to speed the wheels of justice for the victim and her survivors.

Slaughter tenants decry unfair treatment

BAGUIO CITY — Stall owners in the Slaughter Compound in Barangay Sto. Niño trooped to the Baguio City Hall to air their sentiments after the Office of the City Treasurer pursued the bidding out of their stalls to other renters, after they have made agreements with the City Government on their continued tenancy.

PWDs call for equal voice in society

BAGUIO CITY — “We are longing for the day when we Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are no longer depending on the people without disabilities to decide for us; we want that we PWDs will truly actively participate in the society towards inclusive development,” said John Paredes during the program for the August 03, “White Cane Safety Week Celebration 2015” at the Baguio Convention Center (BCC).

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Ifugao women organize to defend land, food, rights

LAGAWE, Ifugao – For the love of Ifugao and for the young generations, women came together on the 25th of July this year to form a provincial women’s organization that binds their efforts to nurture and defend their homeland. It was named Ub-ubbon di Binabai ad Ifugao (UBI) or the “collective work of the women of Ifugao”.

Cordillera labor remembers selfless lawyer

BAGUIO CITY — Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Cordillera Spokesperson Vicente Dilem said that the Cordillera labor movement remember and miss the most down-to-earth lawyer who selflessly dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving the toiling masses especially the poor workers in the Cordillera Region and other places of Luzon.

AHW scores Baguio health situation

BAGUIO CITY — Five years ago, Mayor Mauricio Domogan presented the roadmap of his administration, foremost of which is the aspiration for a healthy economy and economic stability in the city.