Dams and Water

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Indigenous Peoples commission issues final approval for Iloilo dam

Date of publication: 
30 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has received the final document needed to proceed with the implementation of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo province.

Iloilo’s provincial legal officer, lawyer Dennis T.

Iloilo’s P11.2-billion Jalaur dam hurdles consent requirement

By Louine Hope Conserva, Correspondent - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Iloilo%E2%80%99s-P11.2-billion-Jalaur-dam-hurdles-consent-requirement&id=113457
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has given consent for the construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo.

In an Aug. 11 meeting at the NCIP central office, the Board of Commissioners granted authority to the agency’s chairman, lawyer Leonor T.

Philippines: South Cotabato maintains ban on open pit mining

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/134358/philippines-south-cotabato-maintains-ban-on-open-pit-mining/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2015

The provincial government of South Cotabato is holding its ground on its decision not to allow open pit mining in any part in the province, putting again on hold the future of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI).

SMI owns the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project located in the mountainous area of Tampakan in South Cotabato.

In a resolution passed on July 21, the provincial board “reaffirmed the validity of Section 22 (B) of the Environment Code that prohibited the use of the open-pit mining method in mining activities” anywhere in South Cotabato.

The Provincial Environment Code was passed i

Ifugao tribe snaps at short-circuited consultations for dam project

By: Arthur L. Allad-iw, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/113989/ifugao-tribe-snaps-at-short-circuited-consultations-for-dam-project
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2015

LAMUT, Ifugao – For more than an hour from the poblacion of this town, we traversed rugged and slippery roads, where a driver’s miscalculation could mean a fatal fall onto the ravines.

It was back-breaking travel for city-based journalist with friends from the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, but our consolation was the beauty of the landscape, the rolling hills, the floating clouds of various shapes, and rivers that surged in between mountains.

Finally we reached our destination – the rich agricultural village of Barangay Dulao, Lagawe of this province.

But juxtaposed again

Philippine indigenous peoples support struggle against Jalaur dam

Press release - http://iva.aippnet.org/philippine-indigenous-peoples-support-struggle-against-jalaur-dam/
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2015

TAPAZ, Capiz – After a successful exchange program, 83 indigenous peoples from different indigenous groups and communities around the country forged unity to support the Tumandok in opposing the multibillion Jalaur dam project in Calinog, Iloilo.

“The construction of the Jalaur multi-purpose dam in the territories of the Tumandok in Central Panay will threaten the livelihoods, culture and right to land and self-determination of indigenous peoples.

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

News Release - http://karapatan.org/Manobo+activist+disappeared
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

By: Imelda V. Abano, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109177/killing-of-environmentalists-dramatically-rises-indigenous-communities-hardest-hit
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2015

The Philippines leads countries in Asia with the highest number of people killed as they defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources, a new report from the London-based Global Witness group which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.

Killings worldwide have risen by 20 percent in the last year on disputes over hydropower projects, mining, agribusiness and logging — the key drivers of deaths where a shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous peoples.

In the Philippines alone, from 200

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/04/01/temporary-halt-benguet-corp-operations-urged-400753
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

Tuba IPs give consent to four hydro plants

By Dexter A. See - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/03/23/tuba-ips-give-consent-to-four-hydro-plants/
Date of publication: 
23 March, 2015

TUBA, Benguet – Indigenous peoples in this town gave their free and prior informed consent (FPIC) for the establishment of four mini-hydro power plants in two barangays.

The plants will maximize the potential of available water resources to produce additional renewable power for the Luzon grid.

The consent of the Tuba indigenous peoples to the renewable power projects was made official in a memorandum of agreement signed between their representatives and Goldlink Global Energy Corporation, a local hydro power developer based in the municipality.

Three of the mini-hydro power plant