Ilonggo militants welcome Duterte’s announcement but reminds him to address root cause of poverty

ILOILO City – The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) – Western Visayas welcomes the fearless announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte naming local executives, judges and PNP officers allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade in the region. The illegal drugs problem and its pernicious influence on the Ilonggo society and politics is present and a real…

BAYAN slams mining myths, supports admin efforts*

MANILA, Philippines – The foreign-controlled, large-scale mining industry today contributes little—if not virtually nothing—to alleviate poverty in the country and, in many cases, exacerbates and adds to the hardship and suffering of people in areas where irresponsible miners leave a trail of destruction of the ecology and environment. BAYAN supports the efforts of the Duterte…

[FULL TEXT]Declaration of International Solidarity vs Jalaur Mega Dam

DECLARATION OF INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AGAINST JALAUR RIVER MULTIPURPOSE PROJECT PHASE II 1st International Solidarity Mission in Jalaur River 18 July 2016 We, the delegates to the 1st International Solidarity Mission in Jalaur River, representing different organizations from 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Philippines, and South Korea), stand united with the Tumandok people of Panay Island,…

Alternatives to the Jalaur Mega Dam

By Dr. Ernesto Hofileña, a retired anesthetist and an agriculturist from Iloilo At first sight, building the Jalaur Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II) seems like a good idea. One of the biggest problems facing any small island environment is fresh water. Panay Island, which has borne the brunt of chronic water shortages through the…

International Solidarity Mission on Panay mega dam launched

ILOILO City – The Jalaur River for the People’s Movement (JRPM), an alliance composed of environmental advocates, peoples’ organizations, church people, members of the academe and indigenous people’s organizations, is launching an International Solidarity Mission on the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP2) or the Jalaur mega dam this weekend, July 16-18, 2016. In a…

Flooding to worsen because of Jalaur mega dam

ILOILO City – The Jalaur River for the People’s Movement (JRPM) strongly believes that the annual flooding in Iloilo province will worsen if the Jalaur mega dam is built in the hinterland of Calinog town. “The recent Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 6 report of flood-prone areas confirms that flooding in the province is…