BAYAN MUNA: KALIWA DAM WILL DISPLACE THOUSANDS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND SUBMERGE 28,000 HECTARES OF LAND
Calls on DENR to be steadfast and not give ECC
Bayan Muna Chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today said that since 1984 indigenous people like the Remontados and Dumagats have opposed the construction of the Laiban or the parent of the Kaliwa-Kanan dam projects.
“They rightly opposed this project because it would submerge nine (9) villages in Rizal and Quezon provinces or at least 28,000 hectares of land,” said the progressive leader.
“It will also displace at least 5,000 families of indigenous people when they push through with this onerous China loan funded Kaliwa dam,” added the Makabayan senatorial bet.
“The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) should first be stricter in the massive systems loss or non-revenue water of Maynilad and Manila Water, they are losibg more than 1 billion liters per day because of leakages then they have the gall to say that there would be water interruptions because of low water supply. After this they could alao look at the rehabilitation of the Wawa dam and the Kaliwa Weir that is being proposed. They should not go roughshod on this Kaliwa dam that has many questionable provisions and will evict Remontados and Dumagats,” said Colmenares.
“We also assert that the waiver (Appendix 6) on the Kaliwa dam China loan could endanger government assets of commercial in nature. We demand from the Department of Finance that such provision be stricken out as it endangers properties of MWSS including Kaliwa dam as well as other government assets which are not expressly prohibited by law from being subject to execution in an arbitral award. This is no different from the Chico river loan agreement. Dehado na naman tayo sa China dito. We further demand from government to publish all loan agreements with China. After all since the Filipino people will pay for these loans, we have the right to see the loans that will enslave us in the next 20 years,” said Colmenares
Rep. Zarate on the other hand said that ‘the Department of Environment and Natural (DENR) should also remain steadfast and not give an environment compliance certificate (ECC) to the Kaliwa dam project because it would destroy the ecosystem in those parts of Rizal and Quezon. People would support the DENR if they would side with the indigenous people and the environment,”
“DENR officials should also come out in public if they are being pressured to issue an ECC so that the public can help them defend the environment,” ended Rep.Zarate.###