Friday, April 10, 2020

2015 Anniversary Stories

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Teachers of Tamac, source of hope and knowledge amidst tragedy

When i visited the evacuation center of the residents of Barangay Tamac, I had a specific reason: to visit the elementary school for the evacuees. I do not know how they will be able to have regular classes in an evacuation center. Being a “city boy”, the idea of a prolonged stay in evacuation was abstract to me. In my experience, evacuation centers are for short-term stays usually until a flood subsides. But this one is different.

Farmers hope dashed

After the environmental investigatory mission organized by the Save the Abra River Movement (STARM) in 2004, the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company attempted to mitigate its pollution of the Abra river by treating its tailings with lime, reinforcing the walls of its tailings dam, and refraining from opening the gates of this dam so that only water, rather than tailings, could exit from this.

Vegetable garden expansion

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Those of you who passed through the Halsema Highway going to Sagada have probably stopped at the Highest Point in Atok, Benguet and took a selfie with the majestic mountains where carrots, cabbages or any of the other chopsuey vegetables are planted as your background, if not for the fog.

A Cordillera case study: Criminalization of political offenses and bounty hunting

BAGUIO CITY — Grayson Naogsan, the son of the revolutionary Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF) spokesman Engineer 'Ka Filiw' Naogsan, had recently gained his freedom this August after incarceration for nearly three years in the jails of Ifugao, Abra and Mountain Province.

The workers’ campaign against contractualization

Contractualization, is a labor hiring scheme invented in favor of capital and the capitalists to ensure their continuous raking-in of profit. Being a contractual worker is like being a disposable item that can be thrown away when it is no longer useful or something that can always be replaced whenever the owners want to.

Buya ken karit ti panagtignay ti elders iti agdama

Naimbag nga aldaw ken sipupuso a panang sarabo kadatayo amin nga mangisayangkat iti maikatallo nga Assembleya ti Cordillera Elders Alliance. Ti panag assembleya ket maysa nga pakakitaan ti nataraki ken agpayso nga timpuyog. Okasyon daytoy nga entay pagistoryaan, pagbiningayan ken pag-adalan ti nabaknang nga kapadasan iti panagtignay dagiti Elders, nga mangipursigi iti karbengan ken pagsayaatan ti umili. Ti kasasaad iti agdama, kas iti napalabas, ket adu ti peggad ken maka alilaw. Numanpay kasta ket agtuloy latta ti tignayan nga mangilaban iti karbengan kas tao ken karbengan iti bokod nga panagkeddeng ti nainsigudan nga umili. Ka nayon ditoy ti karbengan iti nagtaudan nga daga ken iti Nainsigudan nga Istruktura ken Sistema iti Pulitika (NISP), nga napateg ti panag akem dagiti elders iti ili, tribo, wenno komunidad nga pagna edan da. Kas Elders ket ituloy nga takderan, ipalawag ken iyawis, irisiris ken iyabante ti karbengan ken agpayso nga pagsayaatan ti umili.

Pagtingin at pagtanaw sa pampanitikang produksyon sa Baguio

May mga librong halos walang kuwenta pagkat sa wika ni Jess Santiago, ay pumpon lamang ng mga salitang mas mainam pa ang isang taling kangkong; mas mabuti pa ang isang bungkos ng talbos ng kamote pagkat walang kasusta-sustansiya. Walang kuwenta dahil pamilihan ang nagdidikta ng halaga imbis na tao. Walang kuwenta pagkat walang naitutulong sa kaapihan ng nakararami.



Hard life for the poor, tougher under lockdown

The poor are bearing most of the brunt of the COVID-19 health crisis. Without sufficient economic and social support, their hard life is becoming tougher each day under the lockdown.