An environmental group is urging the Filipino people to elect leaders who will respect the rights of the indigenous peoples as the Philippine government continues to railroad the construction of the controversial Kaliwa Dam.
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The national government is not only guilty for its criminal neglect of the Filipinos ravaged by the typhoons. It is also guilty for deliberately defunding the 2012 Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH), which was supposedly aimed to develop technologies and enhance efficient disaster mitigation plans.
The multibillion peso dam is part of the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project (NCWSP) by the Philippine Government in 2012. The 600-meter dam is said to solve the water supply shortage in the country’s capital Metro Manila. Planned to harness water from the Kaliwa River and its tributaries, the dam will be constructed in…
By DEE AYROSO
Focusing on just Manila Water diverts the issue away from privatization as the central issue in, and underlying reason behind, the artificial shortage. As such, it also has the effect of absolving government of responsibility when in fact, the biggest accountability in all this lies with government for abandoning its duty to ensure water for the people.