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[In the news] Boracay tribal leader shot dead after attending meeting -InterAksyon.com

Boracay tribal leader shot dead after attending meeting
By: InterAksyon.com
February 23, 2013

InterAksyon logo2A tribal leader on Boracay island has been gunned down late evening Friday, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) said.

Twenty-six year-old Dexter Condez, a spokesperson for the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (Bato), was shot by unidentified gunmen on the way home after attending a meeting.

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[Statement] Disappeared Fr. Rudy Romano is Found among the People of God who Work for Justice and Peace -TFUC-AMRSP Cebu

TASK FORCE ON URBAN CONSCIENTIZATION
A Mission Partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines
(TFUC-AMRSP Cebu)

Press Statement (July 9, 2012)

Disappeared Fr. Rudy Romano is Found
among the People of God who Work for Justice and Peace
(TFUC-AMRSP Statement on the 27th year of Fr. Rudy Romano’s Abduction on July 11, 1985)

We, priests, women and men religious, seminarians and laity of the Task Force on Urban Conscientization, Mission Partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (TFUC-AMRSP Cebu), remember Fr. Rudy Romano’s unfading example of selflessness and sacrifice, through the commitment to continue his work of love, justice and peace.

Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR, obeyed the greatest commandments of loving God and loving the least of our brothers and sisters. He lived the exhortation of the Vatican II, “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties… especially of those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”

27 years since Fr. Rudy Romano’s disappearance, we have witnessed a renewed vigor in the local Church of the Archdiocese of Cebu, led by the Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, in journeying with the poor, to be with them in their hopes, dreams, griefs and anxieties.

Last February 14, 2012, Archbishop Palma formed the Archdiocesan Discernment Group (ADG) composed of priests, religious, seminarians and laity to help him address the cry for help from the marginalized sectors such as the urban poor, fisherfolks, farmers, labor and others.

Nearly 3 decades ago, Fr. Rudy linked arms with the urban poor to stop the demolition of urban poor homes in Barangay Luz; and today, we witness the Cebu church people, praying and discerning with all sectors concerned to seek for a humane resolution to the dispute of land acquisition affecting more than 30 households in Sitios Lubi, Nangka and Mabuhay in Barrio Luz, Cebu City.

Fr. Rudy helped organize the farmers and fisherfolks; and today, priests, nuns and laypeople journey with all sectors to address the issue of the Cordova Reclamation Project which affects the livelihood of fisherfolks.

Fr. Rudy was with the workers in the efforts to form genuine labor unions; and a year ago, we have seen how Cebu church people overwhelmingly participated in the conference of church people and workers seeking to “reclaim the dignity of human work.”

Fr. Rudy’s sacrifice was not in vain. As martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero said, prophets “plant the seeds that one day will grow…”

Today, we find the disappeared Fr. Rudy, in the people of God who collectively work and sacrifice so that God’s Kingdom of love, justice, and peace will be realized.

In Christ the Redeemer,
Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR (SGD.)
Cebu Chair
TFUC-AMRSP
Tel. No. 412-6903
Email: tfuccebu@yahoo.com
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Press Statement (July 9, 2012)
Ang Nawala nga si Fr. Rudy Romano Makaplagan diha sa Katawhan sa Dios
nga Naglihok alang sa Hustisya ug Kalinaw
(TFUC-AMRSP Cebu Pamahayag sa Paghandum sa ika-27 ka Tuig nga Kasumaran sa Pagdagit
kang Fr. Rudy Romano niadtong Hulyo 11, 1985)

Kami, kaparian, relihiyoso, mga seminarista ug layko sa Task Force on Urban Conscientization, mission partner sa Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (TFUC-AMRSP Cebu), naghinumdom sa bulawanong panig-ingnan ni Fr. Rudy Romano sa pagsakripisyo ug pagsalikway sa kaugalingon. Gihinumdoman nato siya pinaagi sa lig-on nga commitment sa pagpadayon sa iyang gimbuhaton alang sa gugma, hustisya ug kalinaw.

Si Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR, mituman sa mga kasugoan sa paghigugma sa Dios ug sa “paghigugma sa pinakaubos” sa atong kaigsoonan. Iyang gipuy-an ang deklarasyon sa Vatican II, “Ang mga kalipay ug mga paglaom, ang mga kaguol ug kabalaka, labina sa mga kabos o nasakit, kini mao usab ang mga kalipay ug paglaom, ang mga kaguol ug kabalaka sa mga sumusunod ni Kristo.”

27 ka tuig human sa pagkawala ni Fr. Rudy Romano, atong masaksihan ang subling kadasig sa lokal nga simbahan sa Artsidiyosesis sa Sugbo, pinangulohan sa Arsobispo sa Sugbo Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, sa pag-uban sa mga kabos diha sa ilang mga paglaom, mga damgo, mga kasakit ug mga kabalaka.

Niadtong Pebrero 14, 2012, gitukod ni Arsobispo Palma ang Archdiocesan Discernment Group (ADG) nga gikomposar sa kaparian, relihiyoso, mga seminarista ug layko aron sa pagtabang kaniya sa pagtubag sa singgit sa pakitabang gikan sa mga napadaplin sa katilingban sama sa mga kabos nga taga-dakbayan, mananagat, mag-uuma, mamumuo ug uban pa.

Dul-an sa 3 ka dekada ang milabay, si Fr. Rudy nagkapit-bisig uban sa mga kabos aron sa pagbabag sa demolisyon didto sa Barangay Luz; ug pagkakaron, atong masaksihan ang mga tawong simbahan sa Sugbo nga nag-ampo ug namalandong uban sa tanang apektadong sector aron sa pagpangita og maki-tawhanong kasulbaran sa suliran sa kapuy-an sa labaw 30 ka bubong sa Sitio Lubi, Nangka ug Mabuhay sa Barangay Luz, Cebu City.

Si Fr. Rudy nitabang pag-organisa sa mga mag-uuma ug mananagat; ug pagkakaron, ang kaparian, kamadrehan ug layko nakig-uban sa tanang sektor alang sa pagtubag sa isyu sa Cordova Reclamation Project nga naka-apekto sa panginabuhi sa mga mananagat.

Si Fr. Rudy nikuyog sa mga mamumuo alang sa pagtukod og tinud-anay nga mga unyon sa pamuo; ug usa ka tuig ang milabay, nasaksihan nato ang madasigong pagsalmot sa mga Sugboanong tawong simbahan sa kumperensya nga nagduso sa “pagbawi sa dignidad sa tawhanong pamuo.”

Dili kawang ang sakripisyo ni Fr. Rudy. Matod pa sa martir nga si Arsobispo Oscar Romero, ang mga propeta “nagtanom sa mga liso, nga sa umaabot, motubo…”

Pagkakaron, atong makaplagan ang nawala nga si Fr. Rudy, diha sa katawhan sa Dios nga hiniusang naglihok ug nagsakripisyo aron ang Gingharian sa Dios nga puno sa gugma, hustisya ug kalinaw moabot dinhi sa yuta.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR
TFUC-AMRSP Cebu Chair
Tel. No. 412-6903/ Email: tfuccebu@yahoo.com

 

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[In the news] Progressive groups condemn filing of case vs 13 farmers | Sun.Star

Progressive groups condemn filing of case vs 13 farmers | Sun.Star.

By Arianne Caryl Casas
May 17, 2012

PROGRESSIVE groups condemned the filing of case against 13 farmers who allegedly harvested coconut worth P50,000 for personal benefit.

Pedro Arnado, of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), said the 13 farmers who are members of Alyansa sa mga Ma-uuma sa Sidlakang Dabaw (Almasid) were charged with qualified theft before the Regional Trial Court in Mati City.

He identified the farmers as Angeline Diones, Wilfredo Diones, Antonieta Diones, Jocelyn Dagcuta, Jesus Dagcuta, Artemia Olivar, Manuel Olivar, Eustacquio Tero, Danilo Rosalita, Leopoldo Diones, Naldo Diones, Armando Diones and the chairperson of Almasid Lito Lao.

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[Appeal] Still Missing: Daryl Fortuna and Jinky Garcia -FIND

Noong Marso 9, 2010, bandang 8:30 ng gabi, pilit na tinangay ng mga di kilalang mga tao na pawang mga armado sina Daryl Fortuna at Jinky Garcia at isinakay sa isang kotse. Sila ay dinukot habang balot sa kadiliman ang buong komunidad ng Sitio Matalvis, Barangay Inhobol, Masinloc, Zambales dahil sa brownout.

Ayon sa salaysay ng isang nakakita, nakausap nito ang isa sa mga sundalo na nagro-ronda at kinumpirma na ang dalawang dinukot ay kasama ng mga taong naka uniporme at may palatandaan o simbolo ng “ARMY.”

Nang mangyari ang sapilitang pagwala, ang dalawa ay pawang aktibo sa pag-organisa nang mga komunidad sa hilagang parte ng Zambales dahil sa usaping pagmimina at ang mga nakakasirang epekto nito. Habang naninirahan sa nasabing lugar, sila ay nangangalap ng mga impormasyon tungkol sa epekto ng mina habang tinutulungang maiangat ang kamalayan ng mga mamamayan upang mahusay na mapaninindigan at malalabanan ang mapamuksang dulot nito.

Ayon sa mga magulang ni Daryl Fortuna, ang kanilang anak ay nakatakdang magtapos sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines at nagsasagawa ng kanyang thesis project sa nasabing lugar.

Hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay hindi pa rin natagpuan sina Daryl at Jinky Garcia na parehong biktima ng sapilitang pagwala tatlong taon na ang nakalipas. Kasama ang kanilang mga kaanak, patuloy pa ring naghahanap ang FIND upang matunton ang kinaroroonan ng dalawang biktima.

Humihingi po kami ng inyong tulong. Kung kayo po ay may alam o anumang impormasyon sa kinaroroonan nina Jinky at Daryl, paki tawag o ipaabot po sa FIND sa telepono at address na makikita sa ibaba:
Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND)
4D Maningning corner Maamo Streets
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Tel. No. 921-0069
mail@find.org.ph
http://www.find.org.ph

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[In the news] Bar manager faces trafficking charges -Cebu Daily News

Bar manager faces trafficking charges
Cebu Daily News
March 21, 2012

CHARGES of human trafficking were filed against the manager of a downtown bar in Cebu City who was arrested by police for allegedly hiring women and girls for sexual exploitation.

The respondent is facing charges for violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 before the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office.

He was presented before Assistant City Prosecutor Rodulf Joseph Val Carillo for an inquest proceeding last Monday.

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[In the news] Fisherman felt scared on meeting with mayor -Cebu Daily News

Fisherman felt scared on meeting with mayor
Cebu Daily News
March 12, 2012

THE mayor said he just wants to ask questions, the fisherman admitted lying out of fear and ecology advocates cry harassment.

This is the drama unfolding around the Cordova reclamation project.

When faced by Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, a complainant against the project admitted that he lied about his involvement in the case.

Edie Quijano, 46, said he told Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy he does not have anything to do with the case filed by green groups with the Ombudsman-Visayas against the mayor and six other government officials last week.

“I told him that I did not know about the case even though I was one of the people who filed it,” Quijano told Cebu Daily News in Cebuano.

He said he felt nervous when three barangay tanods went to his house in barangay Carolinas last Saturday and told him that Sitoy wants to see him.

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[In the news] Cordova reclamation dumps filling material in mangrove -Cebu Daily News

Cordova reclamation dumps filling material in mangrove
Cebu Daily News
February 11, 2012

FILLING materials are being dumped in the coastal barangay of Camolinas in Cordova town, Mactan island, where small fisherman worry about the impact of an ongoing reclamation project.
The materials are dumped in a mangrove area, blocking access to the sea. Fishermen now have to dock their bancas farther away.

A roll-on-roll-off port has started operating in Camolinas since Jan. 28.

Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy assured fisherfolks that they would still have a place to dock their boats in the reclamation area. Sitoy met with them last Thursday and said they shouldn’t fear losing their livelihood.

Allan Mangubat and two other fishermen told Cebu Daily News that with the ongoing Cordova reclamation project, they feared losing their livelihood since their boats have to dock farther away at least a kilometer from their homes.

“We worry about the changing weather. And we also worry about our boats’ safety against robbers. We were once robbed even if our boats are near our homes, how much more if they’re placed far away,” said Mangubat in Cebuano.

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[In the news] President’s sister turns over new classrooms in Cebu -Cebu Daily News

President’s sister turns over new classrooms in Cebu
Cebu Daily News
February 11, 2012

Presidential sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada said they wanted to focus on education to establish a strong foundation for the Filipino children.
Abellada led the turnover of school buildings in barangay Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City, yesterday afternoon.

Presidential sister Pinky Abellada leads the ribbon cutting at the Basak San Nicolas Elementary school
Abellada, one of the proponents of the Aklat Gabay at Pag-alaga (AGAP) Foundation, established last 2010 and advocates the provision of decent classrooms for students.
She said the foundation plans to donate 1,000 more schools all over the country by 2016.

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[In the news] Pagmimina sa 2 bayan sa Batangas, pinangangambahang matuloy -dzmm.com.ph

Pagmimina sa 2 bayan sa Batangas, pinangangambahang matuloy
By dzmm.com.ph
February 6, 2012

Pinangangambahan ng isang anti-mining group maging ng Lipa Archdiocese ang posibilidad na matuloy ang pagmimina sa dalawang bayan sa Batangas.

Depensa naman ng kumpanya, marami pa silang pagdadaanan para makapagdesisyon ang mga kinauukulan.

Taong 2010 pa umano interesado ang Asian Arc Mining Corporation mula Canada na magmina sa Taysan, Batangas.

Tapos na ang exploration at pinag-aaralan na nila kung puwedeng isagawa ang pagmimina sa apat na barangay na sinasabing sagana sa copper.

Apatnaraang metrikong tonelada ng copper ang inaasahang makukuha sa pagmimina at higit 400 residente rin umano ang inaasahang mabibigyan ng trabaho.

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[In the news] M’daue moves to save century-old trees -Cebu Daily News

M’daue moves to save century-old trees.

By Tweeny Malinao, Correspondent, Cebu Daily News
February 5, 2012

The Mandaue city government is trying to identify and preserve century-old and heritage trees especially in urban areas amid the city’s rapid industrialization.

“The trees will always complement the city, no matter how big or how progressive the city becomes,” said City Councilor Jimmy Lumapas.

Lumapas started the campaign rolling when he sponsored the Century and Heritage Trees Ordinance of 2011, which was passed in August 2011.

Lumapas said he wanted to prevent the “indiscriminate cutting” of old trees and avoid the situation in Carcar and Naga cities in south Cebu where road-widening projects threaten to destroy pre-war trees lining the road.

“I doubt if there are heritage trees left in Mandaue. Just a few maybe, so we passed an ordinance to preserve those remaining,” he said.

The ordinance says it aims to conserving ecosystems and genetic resources, while meeting the needs of the people for forestry products in a sustainable manner and to promote social justice.

But implementing the ordinance remains a tall order. Implementing rules are still being reviewed by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

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[In the news] 1 in 10 children in Barangay Ermita, Cebu underfed, survey reveals | Sun.Star

1 in 10 children in Barangay Ermita, Cebu underfed, survey reveals | Sun.Star.

by SunStar.com.ph
January 26, 2012

  CEBU CITY — For the second year, Barangay Ermita had the most number of underweight and malnourished children among the 80 villages of Cebu City.

Barangay captain Antonieto Flores said local authorities will try to double their efforts in implementing nutrition programs this year.

The findings are based on the City Health Department’s (CHD) Operation Timbang, where health workers examined how many preschool children 0 to 71 months old were underweight in each barangay.

Of the 1,316 preschool children in Ermita who were weighed last year, 127 (9.6 percent) were found underweight and 31 (2.35 percent) were severely underweight. This was a slight improvement from the barangay’s record the year before.

In 2010, Ermita also landed in the top spot. That year, the CHD weighed 1,368 preschoolers, and found 135 (9.86 percent) underweight and 47 others (3.43 percent) severely underweight.

Flores said there are several non-government organizations (NGOs) that regularly conduct feeding programs in their barangay.

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[In the news] Health budget in Cebu City cut by P140M – SunStar.com.ph

Health budget in Cebu City cut by P140M
By Jujemay G. Awit, SunStar.com.ph
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Health Department (CHD) is the second City Hall department to complain that the slash in the 2012 budget will gravely affect their daily operations.

Department head Dr. Stella Ygoña presented to reporters Tuesday how services of the CHD will be affected by the reduction of the budget for field services, from the proposed P278.9 million to P138.9 million.

“With the minimal budget, we will really have a hard time so we will just have to focus on prevention and education,” said Ygoña.

She has also instructed barangay health workers to inform barangay captains about the slashed budget, in case the village chiefs complain about the insufficient medicines in the barangay health centers.

The health department’s maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) budget for field services was reduced to P23.3 million from the proposed P163.4 million.

The item that was greatly reduced was for drugs and medicines. CHD proposed P133 million but only P20 million was approved.

Ygoña explained that in arriving at the “ideal” P133-million proposal, they were hoping to serve majority of the population.

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[In the news] Protest vs tuition increase opens national youth week – SunStar.com.ph

Protest vs tuition increase opens national youth week
SunStar.com.ph
January 16, 2012

 STUDENTS and out-of-school youths in Davao City marked Monday with protest the beginning of the ten-day countdown before the culmination of the National Youth Week on January 26.

Monday’s protest highlighted the issue of the proposed tuition increase at Brokenshire College of Davao.

Last Friday, around 250 students of the Brokenshire College of Davao braved the cold, heavy downpour and threats of sanctions as they stood in protest of the proposed 200-percent hike in tuition.

Brokenshirians lambasted the administration’s alleged scheme in commercializing education, especially in a non-stock, non-profit academic institution like Brokenshire College of Davao.

Christian dela Cruz, the prime minister of the Supreme Student Council of Brokenshire College, said the proposal to increase tuition did not undergo genuine consultation as the administrators failed to provide the students with the official financial statement of the school and the students no longer had the chance to study the proposal.

“It was never a consultation. It was more of a presentation of their plans,” dela Cruz said.

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[In the news] Killing of defender of gays called a ‘hate crime’

Killing of defender of gays called a ‘hate crime
CARMELA G. LAPEÑA, GMA News
January 3, 2012

 As colorful fireworks lit up the Manila sky, 18-year-old Fernando Mendoza Jr. was on a jeepney with his friends and cousins early Sunday morning. They were headed to Rizal Park to celebrate the New Year.

Friends of Mendoza describe him as a quiet guy, but also one who would have the mettle to stop a fight. On this particular occasion, Mendoza came to the defense of a couple of gay passengers, who were being taunted by a group of ruffians. “Sabi ng bakla, ‘Huwag niyo kaming anuhin, kasi mabait kami,'” one of Fernando’s cousins narrated. “Tapos sabi ng pinsan ko, ‘Eh huwag niyo na nga anuhin, kasi mabait nga sila.’”

Mendoza’s intervention triggered a reaction that would end his life.

“Bigla niya pong sinuntok ‘yung pinsan ko, tapos gumanti po ‘yung pinsan ko isang beses. Tapos nag-away na po sa loob ng jeep,” said Mendoza’s cousin, whose identify is being withheld for her security.

Outnumbered, Mendoza jumped off the jeep and a chase ensued along crowded Avenida Rizal, before he stumbled in the middle of the street in front of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

There to report on fireworks-related injuries, a GMA News team was waiting outside the emergency room when they heard the commotion. “Trobol, trobol,” people muttered as they rushed out in time to witness five men smashing bottles on Mendoza and kicking his head.

In video captured by GMA News, a man in a white sleeveless shirt is seen rushing toward the youth. The man shoots Mendoza with an improvised shotgun, or sumpak, as bystanders stand back in shock. After firing his weapon, the man and four others continue to beat the defenseless teen.

The suspects fled before anyone could stop them. A bystander approaches the boy and checks his pulse. “Buhay pa, buhay pa,” he cries out, and the teen-ager is rushed inside the hospital.

But it was too late. With six bullet fragments in the heart, he was pronounced dead at 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/243357/news/metromanila/killing-of-defender-of-gays-called-a-hate-crime

[Event] Groups Remember Green Heroes, Martyrs – FDC Cebu

Groups Remember Green Heroes, Martyrs

In response to the global call to remember green heroes and martyrs, Cebu groups will hold solidarity activities tomorrow, November 10, 2011 – the International Day for the Remembrance of Environmental Heroes and Martyrs.

*Retelling Narratives-Continuing the Legacy (Press Con @ 11AM, Cabrido Law Office)

Groups shall talk about some of the environmental martyrs to remember their contribution to the advocacy. Recognition shall be given to individuals and groups for their green heroism. This will be followed by brief presentations of the initiatives currently being pursued as a fitting tribute to the green martyrs.

Sitting in the panel are leaders from the Cebu Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Environment (CASE), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) –Visayas, Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC), Road Revolution Network, Movement for Liveable Cebu and Freedom from Debt Coalition-Cebu (FDC-Cebu).

*Paghandum (Candle-lighting Ceremony @ 5:30PM infront of Sto. Rosario Church, P. del Rosario, Cebu City)

A candle-lighting activity will be led by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), SANLAKAS, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lungsod-Cebu (KPML-Cebu), Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya-Cebu (KPD-Cebu), FDC-Cebu, CASE and TFDP-Visayas to symbolize the collective recollection of the green martyrs.

Joining the groups are Cebu City’s Barangay Environmental Officers (BEO) who shall mobilize to support the activity.

Earlier today, the Cebu City Council issued a resolution recognizing November 10 as the International Day for the Remembrance of Environmental Heroes and Martyrs. The resolution, which was sponsored by Councilor Nida Cabrera, expressed support for the candle-lighting activity.

Photos of the martyrs and heroes shall be displayed during the activity.

Thank you.

Jose Aaron Pedrosa, Jr.
Secretary-General, FDC-Cebu
Cell. No. 09063714811
Telephone No. (032)5054382

[Appeal] Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Dear CGIP Friends,

We would also like to appeal for any help you can extend to our kababayans who were affected by the recent typhoons. Here are the updates as of 10 am today: affected barangays-110, families – 2,195, Persons – 10,430 (M- 5,130 and F-5,300). totally damaged houses – 139. partially damaged houses- 2,120. 4 dead and 21 injured. there are now 7 evacuation centers (located in Banaue, Lamut and Hungduan). majority of the roads are still impassable due to landslides and collapsed bridges. Food, medicines, fuel and basic necessities are very much needed.  We have drop off sites for donations in kind which are as follows:

Manila: office of the Phil. Assoc. for Intercultural Development (PAFID) at 71 Malakas Street, Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1101. Tel. (632) 927-4580; (632) 928-6267. Please look for Ms. Marge or Jay-R.

**collection of donations will be until Sunday, Oct 9

Baguio: Human Resource Development Office, UP Baguio, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City. Kindly look for Ma’am Maan Diaz.

**collection of donations will be until Saturday, Oct. 8

Thanks to PAFID and UP Baguio for joining us in this initiative.

Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) is also temporarily converting their GCash Donor account into a Relief Donation venue for Ifugao. Text: DONATE (amount) MPIN CORDI and send to 2882.

For other cash donations, we will be sending the details by tomorrow at the latest.

Thanks and we’ll keep you posted.

From: Robeliza Halip [robieleeza@gmail.com]

[In the news] New history aims to aid peace efforts – www.cathnewsphil.com

New history aims to aid peace efforts

CATHOLIC educators meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines, announced yesterday they aim to correct historical biases and inaccuracies about Mindanao and its inhabitants, especially the Muslims and indigenous people, in elementary and high school textbooks.

Members of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), meeting for a three-day national convention that began yesterday, agreed to rewrite history textbooks that religious leaders say “shore up biases against the Muslim and indigenous culture.”

Read full article @ www.cathnewsphil.com

[In the news] Calumpang is our land — Tarlac Aetas – www.journal.com.ph

Calumpang is our land — Tarlac Aetas
by : George Hubierna

BAMBAN, Tarlac — With the raging of the boundary dispute between Tarlac and Pampanga, the aborigines of this province finally broke their silence and declared that the disputed land is their “birthright and is registered to them.”

“Ang lupa ng Calumpang ay pag-aari ng mga katutubong Aeta ng Tarlac. Sakop ito ng mahigit 10,000 ektaryang lupa  na nakatala sa Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. 025,” declared Lady Gutierrez-Sibal, a tribal leader who is the former president of the Bamban Aeta Tribal Association (BATA).

Sibal’s statement came in the wake of the heightening of the boundary dispute between Pampanga and Tarlac now referred to as “silent war” between the two provinces.

The more than 3,000-hectare Calumpang village is located within the “historical jurisdiction of Bamban”  being a sitio of this town’s Bgy. San Vicente.

Read full article @ www.journal.com.ph

[in the news] Youth militants protest oil price hikes in Davao – www.sunstar.com.ph

Youth militants protest oil price hikes in Davao

MANILA — Militant youth groups on Friday held a protest action in Davao City following the series of price increases on various oil products.

Series of oil price hikes are being implemented by the three big oil firms (Petron, Shell and Chevron) on Friday, 35 centavos for unleaded gasoline and 50 centavos for regular gasoline, respectively.

These are the 20th oil price increase for this year and the 31st since President Benigno Aquino III took power in June 2010.

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[Blogger] Hustisiyang atrasado, hustisiyang pinagkait; Hustisiyang pinagkait ay buhay na pinagkait

Likas sa tao ang makibaka para sa pagtatanggol niya sa kanyang karapatan at dignidad bilang tao. Walang sinuman ang gustong nagigipit o mapagkaitan ng dapat sa kanya. Kaya tinawag na karapatang pantao pagka’t ang mga ito ay karapatdapat sa tao. At sino ang dapat na makakasiguro na ang mga tao ay may seguridad sa lahat? Ang ESTADO! Sa prinsipyong “social contract” dahil sa paglago ng isang lipunan, minarapat ng mga tao na magkaroon ng isang gobyerno o pamunuan upang mapanatili ang kaayusan sa lumalaking pamayanan nila at nagsisilbi upang umunlad pa ang pamayanan. Kung gayon ang ideyal na estado ay nagpapasilidad ng pamamayagpag ng kaayusan at panatilihin ang “rule of law”, hustisya at kapayapaan.

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