Dams and Water

CPA supports Tinoc move to retract MOA with Quadriver

Cordillera Peoples Alliance Press release
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2014

“Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)” – Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao.

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous peoples of Eheb and Tokucan in Tinoc, Ifugao in retracting their signatures in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Quadriver Energy Corporation. Quadriver intends to operate a hydro project that will affect the said communities. Quadriver Energy Corp.

Group reiterates call to halt Jalaur Dam Project implementation

Agham press release
Date of publication: 
5 August, 2014

Scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) reiterates its recommendation that construction of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Phase II (JRMPP) be stopped on questionable social and geological grounds as revealed in the investigation missions conducted by the organization in 2012 and 2014.

In the July 2014 Agham study, it was confirmed that there were lapses in the conduct of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process, a requisite for development projects within ancestral domains of indigenous peoples.

DAP-funded Jalaur Mega Dam project is environmentally destructive, hazardous

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
10 July, 2014

Quezon City, Metro Manila—The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) today joined scientists and local leaders opposed to the proposed P11.2 billion Jalaur Mega Dam project in the municipality of Calinog, Iloilo.

“The Jalaur Mega Dam is a major flooding threat that would submerge or displace at least 18 villages of indigenous and grassroots people, as well as vast areas of vegetation that is home to various flora and fauna.

Citinickel and Philex: latest cases of impunity in big mines

Letter to the editor from Kalikasan-PNE
Date of publication: 
18 June, 2014

Two recent incidents involving large-scale mines reminded us once again of the impunity of destructive big mining projects in the Philippines.

The first is instructive of why large-scale miners are a long-standing bane to the Philippine environment.

The Dark Side of Development: Hold Hedcor Accountable for its Environmental Violations

Cordillera Peoples Alliance statement
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2014

Who would speak for the mountains, trees and rivers when these are threatened and even bulldozed, cut down and polluted in the name of ‘development’?

In Sabangan, Mt. Province, concerned community members are out to speak and be heard. The once pristine environment in Sabangan where pine trees color the mountains with green and creeks converging down to the Chico is now under threat.

This landscape changed when Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz, started to construct a 13, 200-kilowatt run-of-river hydroelectric plant in Sabangan.

Philippines: Government Desperate on Dam Trial – Anti-dam witnesses harassed, bribed

Date of publication: 
16 June, 2014

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES – Three days before the scheduled hearing last Friday, June 13, Mayor Alex Centena of Calinog town, sent letters to anti-dam witnesses asking them to come to his office for an important meeting.

Hedcor faces petition vs plant

By Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2014/05/22/hedcor-faces-petition-vs-plant-344277
Date of publication: 
22 May, 2014


Cordillera women wage battle vs. profit driven energy projects

Date of publication: 
12 March, 2014

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Women’s Day, women from all over the region gathered in this city for a summit to amplify their position against profit-driven energy projects that has destroyed and are threatening their land, food and rights.

The testimonies of women from provinces affected by the said projects on March 8, 2014 speak of an old story that says:

“Maibus iti kuwarta, ngem saan iti daga; Ti bunga iti daga awan ti patinggana ay ay; Kakailian kitaen yo, saan tayo a paloko; Umanay a pagsarmingan, nakalkaldaang kapadasan ay ay…Iti biag mi ket simple, pa

Typhoon Haiyan, indigenous peoples and mining

PIPLinks blog
Date of publication: 
20 November, 2013

We at PIPLinks are sending our thoughts and best wishes to our partners in the Philippines as the country is under a state of national calamity after the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan. Among those who were greatly affected were indigenous communities in the islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan. Please find below an appeal for support from KAMP (Federation of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines) for the affected communities.

Also PIPLinks has written in the past on the issue of climate change, the extractive industries and indigenous peoples.

Indigenous People Struggle for Their Rights

by Fr. Shay Cullen, PREDA Foundation
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

The leader of the community of the Aeta indigenous people proudly led me around the hillside resettlement community where the 200 or so families were establishing a new village community. Their ancestral village and lands were wiped out in a torrential typhoon and gigantic floods. My mission, helped by the German Church agency Misereor, was to help them resettle and develop basic organic agriculture, coffee, coconut, and mangos.

As I walked the hillside, I passed dozens of small grass-roofed huts with walls of bamboo matting.