Former Bayan Muna Representative and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares said the loan agreement between the government and the People’s Republic of China for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in the Cordillera is not only “onerous” but also “disastrous” for the country.
Isnag tribal elders rejected the proposed construction of a hydro power plant with in their ancestral domain and signed a resolution of no consent during the consensus building meeting facilitated by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) in Poblacion village, Kabugao town Apayao province on February 4.
More than 200 Kalanguyas from the community of Barangay Eheb attended the Hidit which sought to unite the community after it was divided over differing opinions on the proposed Santa Clara and Quadriver mini hydro project on January 16, 2019.
Farmers’ group Danggayan dagiti Mannalon ti Cagayan condemned the illegal arrest and detention of six Kalinga farmers in Isabela province.
Iggem dagiti karton ken sako a plakard, ken kagiddan ti tukar dagiti gangsa, nagmartsa ti nadumaduma ng organisasion ti umili ti Didipio manipud iti barangay hall ti Didipio iti ili ti Kasibu agturong ti main gate ti OceanaGold Philippines, Inc.
Indigenous people of Tublay , Benguet rejected a proposed hydro power project within their ancestral domain.
The Ifugao Peasant Movement said the human rights situation in Ifugao continues to worsen and the climate of fear and impunity is creeping throughout the province causing a chilling effect to a democratic and free society.
TFIP decried the blatant disregard of the human rights of indigenous peoples by the Duterte administration and noted that 2018 will be remembered as the year the government openly declared that human rights defenders from legitimate and registered organizations are considered as “terrorists”.
Women’s organizations from all over Cordillera gathered in Bontoc, Mountain Province on November 29 in observance of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. They marched towards the Provincial Capitol and held a program capping the 8th Congress of Innabuyog Alliance of Womens Organizations in Cordillera (Innabuyog-Gabriela).
A conference on the conservation and rehabilitation of Cordillera rice terraces organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was held last November 20 to 22 at the Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao province. The conference intended to solicit commitments and support from the local and international communities in the conservation of the rice terraces in the Cordillera for food security.
Doctors, nurses, medial students and other volunteers led by the Community Health Education Services and Training in the Cordillera Region (Chescore) and Medical Outreach Mission Foundation Inc. (MOMFI) and Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) gave free medical services to some 95 residents of barangay Ucab, Itogon on November 24.
The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples claimed 2018 “a year of terror” against indigenous communities with indigenous women targeted by state security forces for their strong political convictions to defend their homeland against corporate greed.