Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Forest Resource Management: A Case in Palawan, Philippines
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Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Forest Resource Management: A Case in Palawan, Philippines

  The Philippines has been adamant about protecting its natural resources. Through the years, several legislations have been enacted to safeguard the country’s biodiversity. In 1997, the Government enacted the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), which devolves some resource management rights to indigenous peoples in approved ancestral domains. However, conflicts between the Government and indigenous … Continue reading

On the Special Education Fund
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On the Special Education Fund

  I was browsing a major broadsheet today when I came across a whole-page advertisement of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF). The advertisement was about the Special Education Fund (SEF), and raised several issues, quite alarming in my opinion, on the state of local education financing in … Continue reading

Independence from Ignorance
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Independence from Ignorance

Commemorating our “independence” 116 years ago today, Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippine archipelago from the Spaniards. It ended oppressive Spanish colonial rule and started a new era in the country. However, the declaration wasn’t recognized by the international community. The subsequent Philippine-American War and the signing of the 1898 Treaty of Paris … Continue reading

Pork and its Alternatives
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Pork and its Alternatives

By C.J. Chanco. First published in A Cynic Meets Hope  In late October, the House of Representatives approved the 2014 General Appropriations Bill (House Bill 2630), which spells out the government’s spending priorities for the next fiscal year [1]: P316.402 billion for education (inclusive of DepEd and SUCs budgets) P97.964 billion for social welfare (inclusive … Continue reading