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DAY OF UNITY | Nurses demand just pay, better working condition

Nurses across the country took to the streets and social media their call for just and lawful salary, job security and better working conditions during their National Day of Unity and Protest prompted by the government’s reluctance to implement the Supreme Court ruling granting entry-level nurses Salary Grade 15.

Pagtaengan wenno pagnaedan?

Adu dagiti mabuybuya iti telebisyon nga itsura ti urban poor iti Manila ngem para ken ni Dandan daytoy ti umuna a gundaway a makakita ti balay dagiti pudpudno a nakukurapay nga umili iti syudad. Dagiti barung-barung a naaramid babaen iti pinagsisilpo a sim (yero), karkarton ken no ania pay ti mabalin nga isilpo tapno maaramid laeng a pagnaedan.

AGAINST ALL ODDS | Why do Ilokano farmers stick with tobacco?

Ilocos farmers and tobacco have a long history but the things that keep them together despite the numerous difficulties are beyond sentimental. Farmers are chained to the crop by political and economic circumstances perpetuated by the deeply rooted social inequality in the Philippines.

RICE TRADE LIBERALIZATION | RCEF cannot protect farmers

The plummeting prices of unhusked rice are convincing more and more farmers that safeguards in the Rice Trade Liberalization Law flaunted by the Duterte government like the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund are ineffective to cushion the destructive impact of trade liberalization in the agriculture sector.

VISITA IGLESIA? | Government’s JCP Kapanatagan targets clerics in Ilocos

Visita Iglesia is a popular term among Catholics who travel from one church to another to pray and pay respect to their patron saint especially during the Holy Week. Military personnel from the 7th Infantry Division are doing the same thing for their “community engagement program” under the Joint Campaign Plan (JCP) Kapanatagan, hopping from church to church in Ilocos, Northern Philippines, except for the part where they “pray and pay respect.”

RICE TRADE LIBERALIZATION | PH never learns from its mistakes

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.

Pursuing self-reliance and socio-economic development in the Cordillera

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.