The Cordillera region, with 5.5 million hectares of drainage area, is considered the “water cradle” of Northern Luzon. Its watersheds feed six major river systems, and have an estimated generation potential of 3,600 megawatts, according to the Department of Energy. With this substantial potential, the Cordillera region is again in the spotlight regarding dam-related conflicts more than five decades since the proposed Chico River Dams ignited popular resistance.
Boats have become the main form of transportation in many parts of Calumpit, as wheeled vehicles and even trucks could no longer enter many parts of the town. But boat rides are steep, amounting to P80 per head to reach the town center, and many residents opt to wade through the chest-deep waters.
By ROD ASURIN Kodao Productions TABUK CITY – Five tribes in upper Kalinga province declared opposition to large dam projects in two of the country’s cleanest bodies of water, the Saltan and Cal-oan (Mabaca) rivers. Around 200 representatives from the Salegseg, Poswoy, Dao-angan, Ab-aba-an and Mabaca tribes in Balbalan town and the Limos tribe in…
The peace park is an expression and integration of Karen people’s right to self-determination, natural resource management, environmental protection, and good governance.
With global warming and climate change, normal or extra-strong typhoons are becoming more disastrous than ever, offering more pressing reasons not to destroy the remaining forest and watershed to build unnecessary mega-dams.
The aggravating plunder and destruction of the mountains are fanning the flames of people’s protest.
Prometheus Bound By GIOVANNI TAPANG, PhD Bulatlat.com MANILA — It came as a surprise to receive a call from my sister in Bulacan last Thursday, since I was the one who was supposed to be sending her a birthday greeting then. She was worried about the floods in the nearby towns of Hagonoy, Paombong and…
(Bulatlat.com) DAVAO City — Indigenous group KATRIBU Partylist together with environmentalist group PANALIPDAN Southern Mindanao and Tamugan Farmers Association (TAFA) held a protest action as part of its commemoration of the Earth Hour (March 27) and the World Water Day (March 22) at the Ponciano Rotonda fronting Post Office in this city today. They protested…
Dams, among others, are packaged as part of development that people have to live with. But, as can be gleaned from Bulatlat’s stories on the subject, dams have proven to be a bane to the public.
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
The construction of dams has always been opposed because of their destructive effects on whole communities. Several anti-dam leaders have been killed as a result. The recent devastation by the dams of Luzon proved that they were right all along.