Iconic and charismatic are just some of the words to describe Leticia Bula-at, 70, of Dupag, Tabuk, Kalinga.
Residents from Ifugao villages asked the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) to stop the implementation of the proposed Alimit hydro-electric power complex of SN Aboitiz in the province.
The lessons from the courageous narratives of Lamnamkok and Chico are an inspiration not only to indigenous peoples but also the younger generations of rights defenders around the world who believe that, in a way or another, we can change the world.
Isnag tribal elders rejected the proposed construction of a hydro power plant with in their ancestral domain and signed a resolution of no consent during the consensus building meeting facilitated by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) in Poblacion village, Kabugao town Apayao province on February 4.
For the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are hell bent on defending their ancestral territories, the fight is far from over as the entry of dams they see as a threat to drown their very existence are continuously coming with funding from foreign companies in collaboration with their government.