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Mayor disagrees with presence of military in communities

CAGAYAN VALLEY – During the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) held at the San Juan, Rizal, Mayor Joel A. Ruma said he does not agree with the military being in San Juan. He said that the military presence sows fear in the communities, September 16.

IP group slams BSU’s patent

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The La Trinidad Indigenous People’s Organization-Ancestral Domain (LTIPO-AD) is protesting the application of the Benguet State University (BSU) for Special Patents over several lots in this capital town and accused the university of falsifying public documents.

Working for peace, justice is the Church’s mission

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur — Church leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) stressed in a press conference here last week that working with the people for peace and justice is an expression of their faith and has nothing to do with politics or any ideology.

Envi group hits DENR for mines in watersheds

BAGUIO CITY — While the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) eyes seven sites as protected areas, an environment group in Benguet scores the said office for allowing mining tenements into watersheds which are legally protected areas.

Labor group doubts data on declining employment rate

BAGUIO CITY — Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Cordillera Spokesperson Vicente Dilem said that they have doubts on the result of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) labor force survey (LFS) last July 2015 where it shows that the number of unemployed Filipinos decreased to 6.5 percent this year from 6.7 percent of last year.

Dads ask DENR to allow Benguet town a landfill area

ITOGON, Benguet — Itogon officials asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to reconsider disallowing construction of an Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) in sitio Tapak, Barangay Ampucao because it falls within a protected area.

Ifugaos bring car park protest to NCIP-CAR

BAGUIO CITY — Banaue folk protesting the construction of a seven-storey parking lot in the town’s center trooped to the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) here on September 9 to attend the hearing of a petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed last August 20.

Abra IP group slams CA appoinment of Iriberri

BANGUED, Abra — Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (Kastan) blasted the bicameral Commission on Appointments after it confirmed the ad interim appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Hernando Iriberri and the appointments of 104 other senior military officers despite the blood trail he left in Abra and the recent spate of killings in Mindanao.

Progressives demand stop using public funds for state terrorism

MANILA, Philippines — Coinciding with the deliberations on the proposed 2016 budget of the Department of National Defense (DND), Anakpawis Partylist joined the protest led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and the Karapatan human rights group at the south gate of the House of Representatives.

Patients fear high fees at new dialysis center

BAGUIO CITY — Fr. Richard Justo of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Dialysis Patients and Partners Association Inc. (BGHMC-DPPAI) fear that the they will have to pay higher fees especially for every session in the new dialysis center of the said hospital.

City to revive bulk water project

BAGUIO CITY — The City Government of Baguio is again planning to revive its plan for a bulk-water supply project in its bid to arrest the water supply crisis in the city.

Gold potatoes straight out of BSU labs

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Creator of the famous ‘Igorota’, a potato variety that can withstand the coolest temperature of Cordillera is at it again. Employing its research and extension function, Benguet State University (BSU) through one of their extension offices, the Northern Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center (NPRCRTC) was able to produce good quality and high yielding potato seeds that resulted to a much safer potato variety and higher income flow for potato farmers in Benguet.

Law should matter — Leonen

BAGUIO CITY — Law should matter. This is one of the main thrusts of the speech delivered by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in a forum held at the University of Baguio last September 10. Titled The Democratic Space as Imagined by the Constitution, the forum organizers aimed to impart Leonen’s experience in the practice of Law to Baguio’s young lawyers and law students.


My backyard garden and vermiculture

I am Nally Espada of San Carlos and I am going to share how my passion on gardening resulted to a family supply of chemical-free vegetables and herbs. Since childhood, I always had a passion for planting flowers and vegetables in our backyard. Before I was introduced to vermiculture, I was already maintaining a backyard garden. I used to buy complete fertilizer to keep my plants green and healthy. My mother-in-law and I help each other in collecting plants and tending our gardens.


Makan a la Pinoy: Sisig a bangus ken fish tofu

Bangus ken tofu a sisig para kadagiti padak a manglikliklik iti napnuan kolesterol a taraon. Nasaysayaat nga usaren ditoy ti bangus nga awan ti siitna. Adu ti magatang a boneless kadagiti tiendaan, natimplaan pay ketdin dagiti dadduma iti bawang, asin, paminta ken suka; ‘diay la mangipriton ti aramiden.


Editorial: Stop killing Lumads!

To stop the killings of Lumads in Mindanao, disarm, disband and prosecute the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani. These were the words of Surigao Del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel when he urged the state’s security to arrest the said paramilitary. He showed his support for the snowballing local and international call to stop the killings of indigenous Lumads.


Dakami Ti Umili: Listen to the plight of the Lumads

In southern Philippines and especially in the territories of the Lumads in Mindanao, their schools were forcibly closed, their teachers were killed, girls are raped, their leaders were arrested, killed and disappeared and their communities are evacuating. Their only crime was that State security forces and its alleged controlled paramilitary units suspect that the schools are run by the NPAs. The state military and suspected para military forces suspect the Lumad’s organizations are linked to the NPAs and that their communities are strongholds of the NPAs.


Weekly Reflections: Misusing People Power

One of the enduring lessons we could learn from the recent protest rally conducted by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is the fact that people power can be misused. As we all know, Martial Law regime in our country came to an end and democracy was restored through a relatively peaceful, non-violent people power. Our Philippine experience became a model for democratic movements all over the world, especially in Eastern Europe and China.


Youthspeak: Kabataan tayo ang pag-asa

Ang kabataan ang pangunahing bumubuo sa populasyon ng ating bansa. Dahil dito, hindi maipagkakaila ang matinding impluwensya na kanilang naibabahagi. Kitang-kita sa kasaysayan ang napakahalagang papel ng kabataan lalo na sa pagdadala ng pagbabago sa ating mga komunidad.


Ifugao elders unite to uphold postive practices

LAGAWE, Ifugao – Ifugao elders here vowed to uphold positive practices and values of the Ifugao to remind the younger generation that community harmony is more important than one’s self interest


A year after, justice eludes victims of 41st IB war crimes in Abra

BAGUIO CITY — Families and friends of those killed in a military operation in Lacub, Abra in the first week of September last year gathered in a forum to remember their loved ones and to fortify their commitment to pursue justice for their loved ones at the University of the Philippines on September 4.