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Groups oppose construction of P12-B mega dam inside Kaliwa forest reserve


Cause-oriented and civil society organizations are opposing the proposed construction of a P12.2 billion (US$231 million) mega dam inside the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve in the provinces of Rizal and Quezon.

According to the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI), a network of civil society organizations, rights groups, peace and faith-based institutions, the proposed New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project (NCWS-KDP) is “a threat and perhaps a disaster waiting to happen to Quezon province and some parts of Rizal province that might even annihilate the Dumagats and Remontado tribal people living in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.”


The project being part of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte administration to be financed by China is a P12.2 billion (US$231 million) mega dam that aims to ensure water supply for the fast-growing metropolitan Manila and surrounding areas.

The NCWS-KDP will be constructed inside the declared Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve, under Proclamation No. 573, s. 1968 and under Proclamation No. 1636 in 1977.

It will cover 291 hectares of forest from the total 9,800 hectares in Infanta Kaliwa Watershed, including the site of Dumagat-Remontado in the areas of Tinipak in Barangay Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal province.

The group pointed out that the dam’s construction “will endanger the rich biodiversity in the Sierra Madre and also adversely affect the whole ecosystem in the surrounding areas including the symbiotic relationship between the tribal people and their ancestral lands.”
Groups oppose construction of P12-B mega dam inside Kaliwa forest reserve Groups oppose construction of P12-B mega dam inside Kaliwa forest reserve Reviewed by ­ on January 02, 2019 Rating: 5