Dams and Water

Let Our Rivers Flow!

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Written by Tyrone Edward Beyer - http://philtfip.net/main/index.php/news-and-press-releases2/tfip-news/161-let-our-rivers-flow-tfip-statement-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-action-for-rivers
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

TFIP Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Action for Rivers

Rivers are an essential part of indigenous peoples’ lives and communities, and have been integral to their holistic development. Rivers form part of the territories of many indigenous peoples and serve as good sources of food and water for household and agricultural uses. Rivers also play a major role in the spirituality and belief systems of many indigenous groups.

March 14 is International Day of Action against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life.

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

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http://www.aippnet.org/index.php/statements/124-human-rights-publication/1498-no-rights-no-justice-experiences-of-indigenous-peoples-affected-by-corporate-activities
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

Tinoc IPs ready to go to court to stop mini–hydro project

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by Rimaliza A. Opiña - http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/ifugao.asp?mode=%20archives/2014/november/11-23-2014/ifug1.txt
Date of publication: 
23 November, 2014

Residents of Tinoc, Ifugao who withdrew their consent for the construction of a mini-hydro power plant at Barangay Eheb are prepared to seek court intervention if the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will not issue an order directing the contractor to stop from proceeding with its project.

Lawyer Maria Lulu Reyes, a trustee of Igorota Foundation Inc., said under the law, if the free, prior and informed consent process was issued without properly informing the community of the pros and cons of a project, there is basis to rescind their memorandum of agreement.

“This is not just

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

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Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) wins international Water Awards

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award through its Secretary General, Ms.

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

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By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/28/indigenous-folk-call-for-ncip-abolition
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests.

In a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office, Oct.

Stop 2 Sierra Madre dam projects, Agta folk appeal

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By Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/644351/stop-2-sierra-madre-dam-projects-agta-folk-appeal
Date of publication: 
13 October, 2014

LUCENA CITY—As the Catholic Church commemorated Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday, the Agta tribe called on the Filipino people to join their opposition against two dam projects—Kaliwa and Laiban—on Sierra Madre.

The dam projects would tap water from Agos River on Sierra Madre to supply Metro Manila with potable water.

President Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address in July, said the dam projects on Sierra Madre were among several public-private partnership programs he had approved for immediate implementation.

“With the deepening silence of Congress and Senate against the thr

Suspended mine leaves deep scars in Philippine village

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Tim Kroenert - http://www.ucanews.com/news/suspended-mine-leaves-deep-scars-in-philippine-village/72122
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2014

Santa Cruz, Philippines – “You know you’ve reached Santa Cruz when you hit the potholes,” says Josephine Astadan.

She isn’t joking. The degradation of the road is evident the moment one crosses into Santa Cruz, a tiny village in the far northwest corner of the northern Philippines province of Zambales.

The village’s mining operations have been still for three months, but the potholes, says Astadan, are but one of the visible scars that remain.

Lifelong local Astadan is the general secretary of the Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz.

Ifugao folk hit DOE's SN Aboitiz contract without consent

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By Arthur Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch (special to InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/95322/ifugao-folk-hit-does-sn-aboitez-contract-without-consent)
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2014

LAMUT, IFUGAO – Can a Department of Energy-approved hydro-power contract be valid without the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the affected indigenous communities?

This is one of the questions that representatives of the six villages of Lagawe and two villages of this town raised when they gathered in a forum that tackled the plan to build a hydro-electric power dam at Alimit River that traverses various towns of the province.

Recently, the DOE approved and signed the renewable energy service contract with SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) for an integrated hydropower complex c

Philex Mining bags final clearance

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http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=philex-mining-bags-final-clearance&id=93650
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp. has secured final regulatory clearance to resume full operations at its Padcal gold-and-copper mine in Benguet, a little more than two years after the facility shut down due to a tailings leak.

In an Aug. 27 letter to Philex Mining President Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno noted that “issues emanating from the tailings spill incident (on Aug.