Those Hungry Hungry People

Are you hungry? According to Gloria, if you are in the Cordilleras (except Benguet) then you are. So she came up with this Accelerated Hunger Mitigating Program (AHMP) to feed those hungry people from the boondocks. Now they are giving smelly NFA rice to students in school. But truth be told, those rice are now being used as “megmeg” or chicken feed by some families we know.

Anyway the “feed the hungry” program of Gloria, the Patroness of Hungry People, does not seem to be sitting well with Cordillera officials. [Or maybe it’s not the program itself that is upsetting them but the fact that the Cordilleras is being branded as a hungry region.] Here’s what some of our officials said according to Sunstar Baguio:
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Baguio-La Trinidad’s Tragedy of the Commons

The tragedy occurs when limited natural resources get depleted because individuals use them for their private interests and without regard for the common good. More about “tragedy of the commons” here.

The above image shows the situation of the Busol watershed. According to Art Tibaldo who sent us the photo, “If you are to count the pine and other trees in the map, I’m quite certain that their number is not more than the houses in Aurora Hill, Bayan Park, Marcoville and Trancoville combined.”

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Boon Award: Bibaknets Educational Subsidy Fund

So let’s continue our role as the self-appointed arbiter of what is good and what is bad (yeah we’re taking the role very very seriously), by giving a Boon “You’re Doing Good” Award to the Bibaknets Educational Subsidy Fund (BESF). If you still haven’t heard of the BESF then you should visit their website. But don’t just visit, maybe you should also support their projects particularly their educational program.

Anyway, why are we giving BESF a Boon Award? Because it is helping to send some of our kailiyans to school that’s why.

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Quote of the Day: Vicky Tauli-Corpuz

Vicky Tauli Corpuz, chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, on how multinational companies are blocking the passage of a U.N. document that would recognize the rights of indigenous peoples:

“[These firms] were against the declaration because they would like [to keep] their business interests in countries where indigenous peoples wanted to assert sovereign rights on their territories. They were afraid that the declaration would stop them from extracting the resources in indigenous peoples’ communities,” she said.

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