The governor of Benguet province sees the legalization of pocket mining though the Minahang Bayan is beneficial to the environment since this ensures the government’s monitoring and regulation of the mining-related activities.
Abra representative Joseph “JB” Bernos said that as the new chairperson of the Special Committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle, he would give importance on the continued economic growth and delivery of social services to make Northern Luzon a super-region.
The Provincial Board of Cagayan backed the people’s call asking the president to stop immediately the dredging operation in the Cagayan River, which they believe is magnetite mining. Governor Manuel Mamba sanctioned the dredging through a memorandum of agreement that did not pass the provincial board and in the absence of permit from the DPWH, as required by law.
Members of the Baguio-Benguet Coalition Against Jeepney Phase-out underscored that the government is merely using the PUV modernization program to pave the way for big business to monopolize the service on July 30 during their protest at the Modern PUV Caravan at the Baguio City Hall.
Farmers belonging to the Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) are urging the provincial governments to provide more assistance for farmers and fisherfolk hit by Super Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) and drought.
Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that issues on Philippine sovereignty and economy are the pressing matters that President Duterte should address in his 4th State of the Nation Address during a forum on The True State of the Nation in Baguio city hours before the president delivers his speech.
Government and corporate investment projects continue to displace indigenous peoples (IP) in many Asian countries, including the Philippines, from their ancestral lands according to the statement of indigenous peoples groups presented during the 12th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) on July 16 in Geneva, Switzerland by the Task Force Indigenous Peoples.
The passage of the Rice Liberalization Act (RA 11203) to resolve the looming rice supply crisis and inflation, as claimed by the economic managers of the Duterte administration, showed that the government never learned from the economic tragedies brought by more than three decades of globalization policies (liberalization, deregulation, and privatization) in the Philippines.
The Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC) urged the government to channel sufficient funds and efforts to rehabilitate and improve the “age-old and traditional” communal irrigation systems in the region. It also called authorities to develop and implement “water resource and irrigation policy and program guided by the principles of equity and social justice.”
For more than 30 years, the Center for Development Programs of the Cordillera strived and proved that an active and organized people’s participation is the key to achieving holistic development of communities. Importantly, the institution took this endeavor upholding the preferential service to the poor and disadvantaged, the respect of people’s rights and protection of the environment.
Thirty-two Lumad, including a couple with two kids, belonging to the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe of Quezon, Bukidnon escaped from their abusive employer in Sual, Pangasinan on June 30 according to a factsheet sent by the Unyon ng mga Manggawa sa Agrikultura (Agriculture Workers Union or UMA).
he National Irrigation Administration Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) will minimize its construction work in the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in response to the request of the regional National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to suspend its activities pending the issuance of the Certification Precondition for the project.