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NIA cancels Salcedo dam project

The National Irrigation Administration canceled the P3.4 billion Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Impounding Project (GGDPIP) in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur province, one of the flagship dam project of the administration’s Build, Build, Build program due to strong opposition from affected communities and local officials.

Beneco comes to aid of city over hydros

The Benguet Electric Cooperaive (Beneco) has come in support of the city in untangling the mess the latter is embroiled in as a result of the failure of a company to begin rehabilitation of the city’s four hydroelectric plants.

Dumagats’ protest against Chinese-funded Kaliwa-Kanan-Laiban dam

The steps of the Chinese Embassy were made red by the placards, traditional attire and mamá (betel nut) of Dumagat leaders representing villages to be submerged by the New Centennial Water Source Project (NCWS) as they protest against the building of a series of mega dams in the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges.

Thermal waste-to-energy technology, unsafe and dirty

Environmentalist and scientist here and abroad agree that WtE thermal technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification, while called by many names, in principle are all incinerators that burn materials and release pollutants in the environment.

Green SONA tackles “environmental monsters”

BAGUIO CITY — Environmental advocates across the country gathered at Hotel Albergo in this city on Monday, August 20, for the annual State of the Nature Assessment (Green SONA) organized by Green Convergence (GC). This year’s theme, “Environmental monsters are back; Superheroes needed!” underscored the call for action to protect the environment.

NCIP suspends Karayan dam FPIC process

BAGUIO CITY — Finding clear violations of the “Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)” guidelines, the National Commission on Indigenous People-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) suspended the FPIC proceedings for the 52 megawatts Karayan Hydroelectric Plant Project (KHPP) in Tabuk, Kalinga.

All That Fits: No recourse but struggle for self-determination

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do?Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonored. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honorably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)! –Macliing Dulag, Kalinga
37 years ago since the successful opposition of the Bontoc and Kalinga peoples to the World Bank-funded Chico Dams, this challenge penned in the words of Macliing Dulag, one of the many elders who led our people in asserting right to land and life, remains true, current, and inspirational as we join fellow indigenous peoples in celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. Indeed, the story of the Chico struggle is a timeless example of self-determining indigenous communities. It is remarkable how much this struggle is rather reknown to indigenous peoples and advocates in other countries. It should mean much more to us here in the Cordillera and in the Philippines.

Salcedo Dam Public Hearing

SALCEDO, Ilocos Sur — For the third time, officials from the National Irrigation Administration swallowed a resounding ´no to dam´ response from the affected communities and their officials. This transpired during the public hearing on the proposed Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Impounding Project held on June 27 at the gymnasium in the Poblacion of this upland town.

Ilocanos say ‘No to Dam’ in Salcedo

By JEMIMAH CRESENCIA and PAOLA ESPIRITU www.nordis.net SALCEDO, Ilocos Sur — For the third time, officials from the National Irrigation Administration swallowed …