To commemorate the International Women's Day, different government agencies and Innabuyog - Alliance of Women's Organizations in the Cordillera joined the world-wide call to end violence against women during the 1 Billion Rising at the People’s Park in Baguio City.
Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers protest against the government's harassment of its members and efforts to vilify the organization on January 11. The PNP Intelligence Directorate ordered the profiling of ACT members in different schools in the country. Its secretary general and regional coordinator for Central Luzon also received death threats on January 11 and 12, respectively. ACT leaders across the country were in Bagui City on Juanuary 11-13 for its 5th National Leadership Training.
Tignayan Productions, a local alternative media outfit in Ilocos launched a film inspired by true events that led to the upsurge of the revolutionary movement in the region early evening on December 10, as part of this year’s International Human Rights Day commemoration.
Jeepney drivers and small operators in the city staged another protest on Wedsnesday, December 5, against the impending phase-out of jeepneys under the public utility vehicles modernization program of the government. The activity was part of the nationally-coordinated action initiated by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operaytor Nationwide (PISTON).
Each time strong typhoon and passes, farmers tilling the lands on the banks of the Abra River lose their crops and land because of flooding. When Typhoon Ompong struck Ilocos Sur, among those hardest hit is the upland town of Quirino. While farmers in the coastal areas lost their harvest, farmers from Brgys. Patungcaleo, Namitpit and a number from Legleg lost both their crops and farms when Abra River overflowed. But “Ompong” is not the sole culprit, man-made conditions like large-scale mining and government neglect are contributory to this problem. Watch and listen to their stories.
On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.
Indigenous peoples in Mankayan, Benguet rally against activities that are meant to give way to the tailings pipeline of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co.