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Rappler's latest stories on Kaliwa Dam


Kaliwa Dam access road construction broke the law – Imee Marcos

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The construction of an access road to the dam site proceeded without the consent of indigenous peoples or an environmental permit, says the head of the Senate committee on cultural communities

COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator Imee Marcos leads the Senate committee on cultural communities, which is investigating the impact of the Kaliwa Dam project on indigenous communities in the Sierra Madre. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Usual 'tough' talk: Guevarra defends Duterte warning to judges over dam projects

Jan 01, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The justice secretary also points to a law that bans all courts, except the Supreme Court, from issuing temporary restraining orders against the government's infrastructure projects

DUTERTE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

'Last resort': Duterte pushes for Kaliwa, Wawa dams

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says people displaced by the projects will be compensated and relocated

'BUILD THE DAMS.' President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the construction of two dams to solve the water crisis in Metro Manila in a speech in Digos City on Monday, December 30, 2019. Screenshot from PCOO video

President 'misinformed or misinforming' public about Kaliwa Dam, say NGOs

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Various groups opposing the dam project say there are viable alternatives to end Metro Manila's water shortage

TINIPAK RIVER. This sacred area and favorite swimming area for tourists will be wiped out and the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve will be destroyed by the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar.

[OPINION] The illegal and immoral Kaliwa Dam ECC

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Kaliwa Dam ECC is illegal and immoral. It violates the Filipino people’s right to a sound environment and disregards the rights of affected indigenous peoples and local communities.

Dumagat leaders opposed to Kaliwa Dam ask Duterte to treat them as humans

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'We have a right to our ancestral domains. But instead of protecting our rights, the President and the government are the first to violate them,' says one of the leaders opposed to the Kaliwa Dam project

'SAVE OUR FUTURE.' In this file photo, indigenous peoples from Quezon and Rizal march to oppose the Kaliwa Dam project. File photo courtesy of Leandro Miguel Novero

Duterte to use 'extraordinary powers' to see Kaliwa Dam project through

Oct 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'It might create some danger or damage, but that is not my concern,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the China-funded Kaliwa Dam project

Protest of the groups opposing the KD project in front of DENR office. Photo courtesy of Stop Kaliwa Dam Network

Kaliwa Dam project earns environmental clearance despite alleged violations

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Indigenous communities are disappointed due to alleged violations in completing or fulfilling procedural requirements for the environmental compliance certificate of the Kaliwa Dam project

PROTESTING. Groups protest the Kaliwa Dam project in front of the DENR office. Photo courtesy of Stop Kaliwa Dam Network

Quezon province's IPs reject Kaliwa Dam project

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Five of the six cluster communities in General Nakar, Quezon province reject the project after 3 assemblies are held for all 6 clusters

Kaliwa Dam bidding looks rigged for China Energy – COA

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Two other bidders were included 'merely to comply' with the requirement that there be at least 3 bidders, says an audit observation memorandum

CONTROVERSIAL. The Kaliwa Dam project is up for construction in the 3rd quarter of 2019, yet it still faces heavy opposition from various groups. Photo from MWSS

Public hearings on Kaliwa Dam set for August

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The public hearings, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will be held in Quezon and Rizal

'SAVE OUR FUTURE.' Indigenous peoples from Quezon and Rizal march to oppose the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Leandro Miguel Novero

Mr Earth Philippines 2019 supports petition to stop Kaliwa Dam project

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Remember it is not only their fight but it is also ours, for we live in one country and what affects them will eventually affect us too,' Robin Canuzo says as he asks Filipinos to sign the petition

Campaign to stop Kaliwa Dam eyes 10 million signatures

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The Stop Kaliwa Dam Coalition aims to gather signatures from all over the Philippines for the petition asking President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the Kaliwa Dam project

PROGRAM. Jun Narag of Tribal Center Development and a municipal employee hosts the program at the municipal's covered court. Photo courtesy of Egay Morondoz.

IP leaders use advocacy maps to show how Kaliwa Dam will impact them

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Agta-Dumagat-Remontado leaders call for solidarity for their land rights through a signature campaign

TINIPAK RIVER. This area – a favorite swim spot for tourists – will be gone and the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve will be destroyed by the project. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar

On World Environment Day, groups intensify campaign vs Kaliwa Dam

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:27 PM

In celebration of World Environment Day, groups opposing the construction of Kaliwa Dam start their campaign to convince President Duterte to revoke the contract to build

Various groups converged to campaign against the construction of New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa dam on World Environment Day, June 5. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Is the Kaliwa Dam actually viable?

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Make no mistake: while affected communities stand to lose most from the dam’s development, water consumers and taxpayers will also shoulder the long-term risks and burdens of the Kaliwa project

After Chico river, Makabayan goes after Kaliwa dam at Supreme Court

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Makabayan bloc, led by senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, wants the $211 million Kaliwa dam loan agreement from China to be declared illegal and void

KALIWA DAM. Indigenous and environmental groups join Makabayan lawmakers in filing a petition for prohibition against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on May 9, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[OPINION] Part 2 | Road to damnation through Chinese-funded dams

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We predict that future administrations will have to cancel the Kaliwa and Chico projects and default on the Chinese loans, which will result in the Philippines being sued by China in arbitration proceedings that have been designed to favor the creditor

[OPINION] Part 1| Kaliwa and Chico Dams: More than just debt of money

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Chico River loan agreement may prove to be a template for future loan agreements that the Philippines enters into, effectively compromising our patrimonial assets

Carpio warns against similar waivers to China in Kaliwa dam project

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:52 AM

‘Our assets are also collateralized in Kaliwa dam, patrimonial assets also,’ says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

KALIWA DAM. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the China-funded Kaliwa Dam has similar waivers in the loan agreement that could end up collateralizing gas from the Reed Bank. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Kaliwa Dam deal 'as onerous' as Chico River project

Mar 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The choice of law and the venue for disputes is once again surrendered by the Philippines in favor of China,' senatorial bet Neri Colmenares tells Rappler

Pro-environment, IP groups ask gov't to publicize Kaliwa Dam documents

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The groups' legal counsel, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, says they are 'worried' that the government is 'hiding' details of the Kaliwa Dam project

PUBLICIZE THE CONTRACTS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (center) is representing the groups that are opposed to the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. Photo from Diokno's office.

[ANALYSIS] Kaliwa Dam: Is China’s involvement cause for concern?

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China-funded Kaliwa Dam cheaper than Japanese firm's proposal – MWSS

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The government says the cost of the Kaliwa Dam project is $248 million, not $800 million as claimed by Japanese company Global Utility Development Corporation

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS: Kaliwa Dam 'done deal,' no to other proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Ito ay gagawin na. Kung sinuman naghabol diyan, that is already water under the bridge,' says Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a press conference at the MWSS office in Quezon City, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo on China-funded Kaliwa Dam: Bakit uutang tayo?

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the Duterte administration to explain why it is opting for a Chinese loan for the Kaliwa Dam, instead of a public-private partnership

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

DENR: 'No shortcuts' in ECC application for Kaliwa Dam

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The DENR says the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has not completed the requirements for its environmental compliance certificate application for the project

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kaliwa Dam to solve Metro Manila water problems – Dominguez

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Kaliwa Dam would cost P12.2 billion to build, with 85% set to be funded by China and the remaining 15% to be shouldered by the Philippines

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

Indigenous people groups oppose Aquino legacy dam projects

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:45 PM

The Kaliwa Dam project is creating conflict within the Dumagat Remontado tribe on whose ancestral domain the project is being constructed

NO GENUINE CONSULTATION. Members of the Dumagat-Remontados of Quezon and Rizal say they were not properly consulted in the obtaining of Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

SONA Fact Check: Dike, dam pose environmental threats

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike was rejected by the NEDA Board in May due to environmental and technical concerns Kaliwa Dam may inundate communities and forests near the river

Map of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project. Image from dpwh.gov.ph