Philippines: Groups allege that Jaluar mega dam will displace indigenous peoples; gov't assures consent from IPs

Author: Ime Sprnito, Panay News, Published on: 2 September 2018

"No More Hitches: Jalaur mega dam contract signing on Sept. 3," 31 August 2018

There’s no stopping the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II)...

The contract signing is between NIA, the project’s implementing agency, and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd...

[L]eaders of three groups opposed to the mega dam went to South Korea to protest the project that is mainly funded by the Korean government through a loan. They claimed the dam would displace and violate the rights of Calinog’s indigenous people.

According to SB member Renato Casinao who sponsored Resolution No. 2018-044 declaring Castor, Alenciaga and Deduro persona non grata, the indigenous people of Calinog gave their consent to the mega dam project.

...[T]he Jalaur River for the People’s Movement, an alliance composed of environmental advocates, peoples’ organizations, church people, members of the academe and indigenous people’s organizations, launched an international solidarity mission against the mega dam project.

It claimed the project will directly affect 16 IP communities, nine of which will be totally submerged in water.

It also warned of adverse ecological impacts.

 

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Related companies: Daewoo E&C