The campaign of the local governments in Ilocos Sur and NTA to convince farmers to return to tobacco cultivation to increase the volume of production and their RA 7171 share seems to be gaining ground.
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.
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.
Tobacco farmers were disappointed with the measly P1.00 increase on all types of tobacco, across the grades offered by traders during the tripartite conference held on September 25 in Quezon City, Philippines.
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 fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.
Apart from the onerous loan agreement, other controversies continue to surface in relation to the P4.3 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP). For this project, the first and biggest soft loan package offered by China to the Philippines, the Duterte government has trampled the principles of free and prior informed consent (FPIC) and thus the rights of indigenous peoples.
Before the controversial Chico River Pump Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), there was the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project (now Banaoang Pump Irrigation System or BPIS) in Ilocos Sur. A facility funded and built by the Chinese government that can provide added and solid ground why people should be concerned of the CRPIP loan agreement.
After seven years, a bitter-sweet victory for those who stood against the cutting and earth-balling of trees for the expansion of SM Baguio after the Supreme Court, on April 10, ordered the mall chain to cease from cutting more trees and secure another environmental compliance certificate before it can continue.
The Cordillera for Women’s Education, Action Research Center, Inc. (CWEARC) welcomed the research findings of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) that accounted the monetary value of “unpaid work” of women in the country.
The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) said that former National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Kalinga provincial officer Natividad Sugguiyao is the one misinforming the people and not the report published by Inquirer.net by correspondent Kimberlie Quitasol.
For the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are hell bent on defending their ancestral territories, the fight is far from over as the entry of dams they see as a threat to drown their very existence are continuously coming with funding from foreign companies in collaboration with their government.