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Baguio progressives condemn Kidapawan massacre

BAGUIO CITY — Members of different people’s organizations joined a nationally coordinated condemnation rally against the April 1, 2016 Kidapawan Massacre. They chanted, “Pagkain at Hustisiya; Bigas hindi Bala (Food and Justice; Rice not Bullets). They demanded for immediate justice for the victims of the Kidapawan Massacre and for the release of the calamity funds that was due the farmers who were affected by the six month drought calamity brought by El Niño


Ilocos joins national day of action for Kidapawan farmers

VIGAN CITY — Representatives from different organizations in Ilocos Sur today, April 8, joined the National Day of Action against the Massacre in Kidapawan City. In a program at Burgos Plaza, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur they condemned the brutal dispersal of farmers who were demanding immediate relief for the massive hunger brought by El Nino.

Kidapawan massacre is government’s neglect

BAGUIO CITY – “The bloody massacre of the farmers demanding for food in Kidapawan is the result of government neglect” National Food Authority Employees Association (NFAEA) President Roman Sanchez said during the 10th national congress of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), April 5.


Nanay Caring

BANGUED, Abra – Caridad Ortega-Bachiller, more popularly known as “Nanay Caring” or “Mommy Caring”, is just an ordinary citizen just like us. She is a candidate this 2016 National elections but she is not your typical candidate.

Adyenda ti umili ti Kalinga iti Eleksyon 2016

TABUK CITY — Nairuar ti Adyenda ti Umili iti Kalinga (Kalinga Peoples Agenda) kalpasan ti Makabayan Coalition ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) Kalinga Convention idi napalabas a Marso 2016 idiay syudad ti Tabuk, Kalinga. Daytoy a Peoples Agenda ket maisango kadagiti agngayngayangay a kandidato iti probinsya ti Kalinga. Daytoy met laeng ti pangig-iggeman dagiti miembro dagiti organisasyon ti umili tapno botosanda ti maysa a kandidato.

One community and the Universal Health Care System

LAGAWE, Ifugao — “Ditoy ayan mi, matayen ti pasyente ket saan pay a naasikaso. Habang itartaray mi ti pasyente iti hospital, agsakit kami a mangpanpanunot iti pagalaan ti pagbayad ti ambulance, makan, ken bayad ti ospital”(Patients die even before health service providers can attend to them. That is the health situation here. While rushing our patients to the hospital, we are worried-sick thinking of how to pay for the ambulance fee, food, and hospital fees, one of the women in Banaue during a focus group discussion expressed.

Isabelinos continue fight vs illegal mining, denounce 3 years of government inaction

Manong Ben woke up in the middle of the night to the loud sound of milling machines reverberating throughout Barangay Kakilingan in Cordon, Isabela. It’s been three years since the illegal operation of Golden Summit Mining Corporation (GSMC) commenced a kilometer away from their community. Residents still can not get used to the loud noise, constantly reminding them of the deceitful entry of the company and the disheartening inaction of the government despite the proven illegality of the mining operation.


Pushing for genuine democracy over elite democracy

While the Benigno S Aquino III administration consistently proclaims that the Philippines has become Asia’s “economic miracle” owing to the continued expansion of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), this miracle has not trickled down to ordinary Filipinos. The progressive think-tank IBON Foundation notes that the drivers of economic growth are circumstantial rather than caused by solid economic fundamentals.

Chapyusen community rice mill works

CHAPYUSEN, Caneo, Bontoc – A rice mill (RM) was successfully installed through the effort of the Cordillera Disaster and Development Services (CDRDS) based in Baguio city who with its local partners – Alyansa dagiti Pesante iti Montanyosa (APIT-Montanyosa), Chapyusen Mangum-uma Organization (CMO) and Chapyusen Youth Organization (CYO), sourced out funds for the project here.


Diaries From The Field: Amazing Tadian

On a side trip after attending a wedding, we went to Tadian, Mountain Province for an overnight stay before returning to the city. We arrived at sundown and on a strategic location with our host, we were awestruck by the welcoming view of the most majestic sunset. The changing shades of the sky as darkness creeped in was simply beautiful. Aside from its sunset, there are more to see and experience in Tadian from the shapes of its mountains, healing springs and of course its people.


Makan a la Pinoy: Pan-seared pork medallion

Agusar iti karne ti baboy wenno baka a tenderloin. Mabalin met nga aramiden daytoy iti tuna, tangigue, oriles ken dadduma pay a dadakkel nga ikan a maiwa iti 1-2 pulgada iti kapuskol.


Pooled Editorial: Denouncing PNP harassment

AlterMidya, a nationwide network of independent media organizations, denounces police intimidation and attempts to suppress information by preventing journalists from covering the aftermath of the April 1 Kidapawan massacre.

Bandillo: More protests are coming

I beg to disagree. The NFA warehouses must be full but who could afford to buy rice? It is the season of death, muerto. Ilocanos would call it “gawat”, panawen ti bisin (hunger). Ibanags call it “carescha” or scarcity.


Dakami Ti Umili: Bagas saan a bala #BigasHindiBala

Kas maysa nga anak ti mannalon ken dimmakel iti kataltalonan, bagas ti maysa kadagiti kangrunaan a kasapulan. Saan kadi nga inaldaw inggana bumaba ti init no agtrabaho dagiti nagannak tayo a mannalon tapno laeng adda maidasar iti lamesaan nga inapuy. Malagip ko pay nga uray bassit laeng a matinnag a bagas ket makangngegkan manipud kadagiti nagannak tayo. Ti kunada ket narigat ti trabaho tapno adda makan nga innapuy.


Pathless Travels: The Zen of saving water, even dishwater

When I’m billeted at a local seminar house or resort, or at a hotel in some foreign city, I often notice a small, courteously worded card posted on the bathroom door or by the bedside table. It basically says, “Please conserve water” followed by some practical suggestions.


Statements: Justice for the victims of Kidapawan Massacre!

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle Commission 6, in behalf of all its member organizations, condemns in the highest possible terms the Aquino government of the Philippines for the massacre perpetrated by the government forces to Kidapawan farmers. We also stand with the Filipino peasantry and the people in their call for justice and an end to militarization in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.


Statements: Leave no one behind

While the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development was going on in Bangkok, Thailand, the bloody attack on hungry protesting farmers in Kidapawan, Cotabato happened. Right away, the civil society organizations in that forum did a solidarity action raising the slogans, “rice not bullets; land not bullets.”


Weekly Reflections: Spirituality for a new humanity (3/4)

And so, by our own selves, we really don’t know what is good or bad; only God knows what is good or bad. Hence, we need to get closer to God, to have a right relationship with Him. We have to communicate with Him in prayer and come to know His will.

Progressives condemn Kidapawan massacre

BAGUIO CITY — Progressive groups in the province of Ilocos condemned the violent dispersal of 6000 farmers in Kidapawan North Cotabato and gave their heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims through a candlelighting vigil in the Candon plaza.


Urban poor woman recieves Gawad Bangan

BAGUIO CITY — Geraldine Doco Cacho, chairperson of Organisasyon dagiti Nakukurapay nga Umili ti Syudad-Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Ornus-Kadamay), recieves the Sixth Gawad Bangan Award 2016.

P8 million pangsimpa iti Karayan Buaya

VIGAN CITY — Nailatang ti P8 million para iti pannakaisimpa ti ayus ti Karayan Buaya babaen ti dialogo ti tallo a barangay ti Sta. Lucia ken ni Cong. Eric Singson iti maika-2 distrito ti Ilocos Sur. Maala ti pondo iti Quick Response Fund (QRF). Ti QRF ket para kadagiti programa kasilpo iti kalamidad ken didigra. Kinuna ni Singson a dumalan ti pondo iti National Irrigation Authority a mangmanmanehar iti paset a mai-rechannel.