Tribal chief decries military, NPA abuses over ancestral domains

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/1 Dec) – The indigenous peoples in Bukidnon have been caught in the crossfire in the fighting between the military and the communist New People’s Army as both parties do not recognize and respect the rights of the lumads over their ancestral domain, a tribal leader said. Continue reading

Tribal leaders reorganize unified Bukidnon council

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/18 November) Tribal leaders from the province’s seven hill tribes gathered at the Provincial Indigenous
Community Affairs and Development (PICAD) office on November 11 at the
Kaamulan Park here to reorganize the Bukidnon Unified Tribal
Development Council of Elders (Butridce). Continue reading

Tribe turns over P4.5 million worth of marijuana– Gov. Calingasan

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/29 October) Bukidnon Gov. Alex
Calingasan announced that leaders of the Umajamnen tribe based in the
hinterlands between Bukidnon’s Cabanglasan and Agusan del Sur’s Loreto
towns turned over about P4.5 million worth of marketable marijuana
plants in formal rites on October 27. Continue reading

Kalilangan lumber trader charged for transporting ‘excess’ forest products

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/27 September) The Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office of Malaybalay filed charges against the owner of a truck from Kalilangan town that transported naturally grown forest products beyond allowable excess.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Leon C. Equipelag, special forestry prosecutor, before the Office of the City Prosecutor on Sept. 19, a copy was obtained by Bukidnon News on Sept. 27, Julieta Edma and Eric Chester Edma are accused of violating the Revised Forestry Code as amended by EO 277 in relation to Art. 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. Continue reading

Fr. Nery memorial race draws 500 runners

MALAYBALAY CITY –  (Bukidnon News Dispatch/01-02 October) The first
ever Fr. Nery Satur memorial run, organized in time for the
commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death, drew more than 500
participants on October 1.

The five-kilometer run started around 6:45a.m. at the Freedom Park
Covered Court. The Diocese of Malaybalay and the Archdiocese of Manila
sponsored the event to mark Satur’s death anniversary this year. Continue reading

Colonia Brothers top Malandog Trail Run

Malaybalay City – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/ 30 Sept) Running brothers Leonard and Leo Colonia topped the Malandog Ridge 10k Trail Run held on September 24, 2011 in BFI Compound, Sumpong, Malaybalay City. Fifty four out of the sixty eight actual registrants joined the race.

Runners race off during the trail run event on Sept. 24

Participants ran through the tough and challenging route which started from BFI compound, went uphill to the Malandog Ridge peak where the Tabios Tower view deck once stood, descended down to Malaybalay City Swimming Pool in Can-ayan and back to the starting line. Continue reading

NCIP revokes compliance certificate issued to Bukidnon ranch occupant

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News / 30 Sept) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, sitting en banc, decided to annul the compliance certificate it issued to a ranch operator in Maramag, Bukidnon, reversing a verdict it made more than three years ago, according to a copy of its decision furnished by petitioner Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association (Padata).

In its September 20, 2011 decision, released only on September 28 and was emailed to Bukidnon News a day after, the commission en banc granted Padata’s petition to annul or recall Compliance Certificate No. CCRX-08-7-150 issued to respondent Engr. Ernesto Villalon.

The decision came more than a month after the killing of 28-year old farmer Welcie Gica, who was reported shot by security guards hired by the Villalons in Panalsalan village to secure the ranch. Gica, father of two, joined fellow Padata members who staged a protest  in the ranch on August 24, 2011 when they were confronted by the guards. Continue reading

Rehab of Rio Grande de Mindanao, “a high priority, high impact” project

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/ 29 Sept)– The Rehabilitation of the Rio Grande de Mindanao is one of the 10 high priority and high impact proposed projects as presented in the Mindanao River Basin Integrated Management and Development Plan, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News.

In the last chapter of the 16-chapter master plan released in July 2011, the Presidential Task Force on the Mindanao River Basin Rehabilitation and Development outline the selected priority projects based on a list of programs and interventions “extensively and exhaustively” reviewed by the task force’s technical working group. Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Tribal leaders to withhold support for Pulangui V

By Carrell C. Magno and Laurie Ailynne M. Benito
Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace
(via Bukidnon News with permission from VERA Files)

Leaders of indigenous communities in Bukidnon have refused to engage
in any discussion over the planned construction of the Pulangui V
Hydroelectric Project (HEP), until dam proponents submit a cultural
impact assessment that will detail the damage the dam will cause the
tribes.

The dam, which is expected to generate 300 megawatts into the Mindanao
grid, and 1,256 gigawatt hours of cheap renewable energy nationwide,
is touted to provide more than half the projected power shortage in
Mindanao by 2014. Since it is renewable energy, Pulangui V HEP will
generate very cheap power.

Last July, the project got the go signal from the Regional Development
Council of Region 10, which includes Bukidnon. Dam proponents,
however, were told to update their feasibility studies and secure
clearances from concerned government agencies such as the National
Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Department of Natural
Resources. Continue reading

Fr. Nery Satur Memorial Run set on October 1

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/27 Sept) The Diocese of
Malaybalay and its media and environment apostolates along with a
sports gear partner will be holding a five-kilometer fun run in memory
of slain priest Fr. Nery Satur in this city on October 1, Saturday.

Run Briefer

Dubbed as the Fr. Nery Satur Memorial Run, the event aims to honor
Satur who lost his life in fighting for the environment two decades
ago.
On Oct. 14, 1991, three men, allegedly hired by the illegal loggers he
angered, killed the 29-year-old Satur. His head was smashed by a
rifle’s butt. Later, he was shot pointblank with a shotgun.

Fr. Nery’s martyrdom came during an era of logging concessionaires in Bukidnon. Continue reading

Bukidnon Views: Bukidnon Culture: The Message by Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (Last of a series)

(Bukidnon News releases this five-part series on the Bukidnon culture with permission from the author. These materials have been previously published by the BSU Ethno-cultural Museum and the Bukidnon Heritage Foundation.

The script, Ms. Dinlayan says, in its simplest form, features the tangible and intangible heritage of the culture of Bukidnon. She added that culture is treated as a treasure in a precious container. In this cultural presentation, the rituals, the history, the treasures, the knowledge and the message of Bukidnons are portrayed.

She said this is a ‘cultural tour’ with a script.

“I invite each reader to treat each item as an access to explore the depth and width of Bukidnon culture,” she said.)


THE MESSAGE

“Palimani sa ahung hu agala day,

Palimani sa lageng day.”

(Listen to the echo of our cries, listen to our voices.)

Echoes from the hills.

Voices from the mountains.
Friends in high places. Continue reading

[Updated] Impasugong proposed as Bukidnon’s tribal capital

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/25 September) – Impasugong, Bukidnon’s
134-year old town has been proposed to be declared as the tribal
capital of the province.

Provincial Board member Nemesio Beltran Jr. said the proposal is now
in the hands of four committees of the board.

Established in 1877, Impasugong has been able to preserve its cultural
heritage and ethnic identity, Beltran added.

According to Mindanao historian Rudy B. Rodil, Impasugong is one of
only four Bukidnon towns where the majority of the inhabitants are
Lumads or indigenous peoples. Seven other towns in Mindanao are also
predominantly Lumads. Continue reading

Bukidnon Views: Bukidnon Culture: The Knowledge by Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (Fourth of a series)

Bukidnon Views:

Bukidnon Culture: The Knowledge
By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan

(Fourth of a series)

(Bukidnon News releases this five-part series on the Bukidnon culture
with permission from the author. These materials have been previously
published by the BSU Ethno-cultural Museum and the Bukidnon Heritage
Foundation.

The script, Ms. Dinlayan says, in its simplest form, features the
tangible and intangible heritage of the culture of Bukidnon. She added
that culture is treated as a treasure in a precious container. In this
cultural presentation, the rituals, the history, the treasures, the
knowledge and the message of Bukidnons are portrayed.

She said this is a ‘cultural tour’ with a script.

“I invite each reader to treat each item as an access to explore the
depth and width of Bukidnon culture,” she said.)

The Knowledge

“Magkinnau ki,
Ambaw, Bakbak, Kulilaw, Dalampakan.”

(Let us learn, Ambaw, Bakbak, Kulilaw, Dalampakan) Continue reading

San Fernando illegal gold mining ordered stop – MGB official

MALAYBALAY CITY (1 September) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Northern Mindanao 10 (DENR-10) has ordered a stop of the illegal small scale gold mining operations in Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon

Rodante Felina, officer in charge of the MGB mine management division, said the MGB regional director, Alfredo Relampagos, signed the order and issued it in early August. He said the MGB has officially requested San Fernando Mayor Laurencia Edma to implement the order.

Felina, who briefed members of the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan Wednesday on the MGB’s environmental and social framework of mining, said the order was addressed to all illegal small scale gold miners in the area “to stop their illegal activities within the exploration permit area of San Christo Mineral Exploration Corporation.”

But Felina admitted they have no update on the implementation of the order. Continue reading

Malaybalay bishop pushes Filipino-first food policy

MALAYBALAY CITY – Malaybalay Bishop Jose A. Cabantan expressed his support for House Bill 4626 (Food for Filipinos First Act of 2011) as a safety measure for food self sufficiency in the country.

Cabantan met with Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, author of the bill, at the bishop’s house during the congressman’s visit to Bukidnon Saturday to consult farmers and other stakeholders on his proposed bill dubbed as the “food sovereignty bill.” “I highly recommend it.

The safety nets, which we should have long ago must be in place,” Cabantan told Bukidnon News. He added that the government must stop importing the country’s basic staple food “by raising it locally.” Continue reading

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