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Breaktime: Power behind the flown

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Amid the current mess in the power industry, caused by the big increase in electricity rates charged by Meralco, an industry player has been praised by the Department of Energy.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Hope for Ifugao farmers

Surrounded by the grand rice terraces that look like stairs leading up the sky, the rice fields in Mayoyao, Ifugao bids a glimmer of hope for their farmers.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

DENR gives controversial mine firms conditional ECC

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Tuesday issued a conditional environmental compliance certificate to the $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mining Inc. (SMI) in Southern Mindanao.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Blue-blooded Igorot heads PH’s largest mine company

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THE PHILEX executive holds up a chunk of ore that contains gold.

One commonly heard criticism of the local mining industry is that it rarely benefits the indigenous people—known by the shorthand: IPs—where the mining firms operate.

Posted: July 14th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fair trade pricing key to building Cordillera coffee brand

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A woman roasts coffee beans at the start of the First Cordillera Coffee Fiesta at the Benguet State University. Photo by EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Coffee consumption in the country has grown almost as fast as coffee production has fallen in recent years.

Posted: July 7th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tribal people’s agency gives South African mines go signal

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has allowed a South African mine venture to proceed with drilling operations on ancestral lands, after dismissing a January 27 petition for a writ of preliminary injunction filed by residents of Mankayan, Benguet.

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Benguet village discovers new economy as hydro dam is reborn

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BOATS now line Ambuklao dam because people plan to make a visit to this historic facility, now a tourist attraction. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Robert Bongsiw of Barangay (village) Ambuklao here has a job as fisherman that his Ibaloi elders would never have tried in upland Benguet.

Posted: July 31st, 2011 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Tribal groups support Diwalwal reservation dev’t

Jake Mining Co. is set to start negotiations with the four unified groups controlling Tribal Mining Areas (Trimas) in the Diwalwal mineral reservation in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, in Mindanao. Jake Mining is the “successor in interest” of publicly listed Apex Mining Co., which held the Diwalwal claim in the 1980s. The unified indigenous people (IP) [...]

Posted: June 5th, 2011 in Headlines | Read More »

Tradition breeds profits for quiet town in Kalinga

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LUBUAGAN, Kalinga – In Barangay (village) Mabilong here, weaving is a sacred tradition passed on from mother to daughter. This is why every house in this remote community has women skilled enough to weave traditional garments, from which they earn a tidy profit, says Josephine Fejer, 46. “I was in Grade 3 when my mother [...]

Posted: March 26th, 2011 in Headlines | Read More »

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