The Provincial Board of Ilocos Sur compelled the DPWH and PENRO to stop the tree-cutting operation along the Manila North Road after discovering some procedural lapses. PENRO issued a special tree-cutting permit to DPWH to cut at least 1,165 trees, some of which are century-old acacia to implement the directive of Secretary Mark Villar to remove all obstructions along the 20-meter highway road right-of-way before the end of 2019.
The province of Ilocos Sur held a consultation with stakeholders of the rice industry in the province to come up with viable solutions to mitigate the impact of plummeting palay prices caused by the implementation of the Rice Trade Liberalization Law.
More than 300 participants attended the Aywanan Environment and Mining Summit held on August 24 at the St. Mary’s School Gym in Sagada Mountain Province where they made a united stand and plan of action against the mining applications of the Cordillera Exploration Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation, covering more than 60,000 hectares in the Cordillera and Ilocos Sur province.
Strong rains failed to deter more than 300 community representatives, peoples organizations and church leaders from the Cordillera region and Ilocos Sur province to attend the Aywanan Environment and Mining Summit on August 24 in Sagada, Mountain Province aimed to build the broadest unity against the mining application of Cordillera Exploration Company, Inc. (CEXCI), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation.
An organization of farmers red-tagged by the military is urging Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson to stand against the continued harassment and threats committed by soldiers from the 81st Infantry Battalion. This came after a dialogue facilitated by the governor failed to stop the military from intimidating leaders and members of the group, and forcing some to surrender and pledge support to their “peace and development program.”
Barely a week after Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson facilitated a dialogue where leaders of Timpuyog ti Umili iti Karayan Buaya (People’s Unity in the Buaya River) told the military to stop visiting them, army personnel intruded in their meeting.
Church and peasant leaders told the military to stop harassing their members and tagging their organizations as communist-rebel fronts during a dialogue facilitated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur.
The Armed Forces advise the public to remain calm and vigilant after confirming the authenticity of the memorandum on possible terrorist attacks in Northern Luzon that went viral on social media. Military spokesperson Gen. Edgard Arevalo explained the document is for its intelligence personnel to verify information on the ground.