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Human Rights and Development The Proposed Construction of Pulangi Dam 5
Volume 24 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:51

by Rita Melecio

 

The proposed construction of Pulangi Dam 5 in the province of Bukidnon will endanger the lives of the Christians, Moros, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable sectors living alongside the Pulangi River.
According to Rogelio C. Lahunay, also known as Datu Pindulonan, one of the tribal chieftains in Kibawe, Bukidnon, the indigenous community currently has a divided stand about the proposed construction of the Pulangi dam. There are those who are in favor since they believe that the construction of the dam will mean development.  While there are those who are against it for it will mean the destruction of their land, which is their life and existence.
The proposed construction of Pulangi Dam 5 in the province of Bukidnon will endanger the lives of the Christians, Moros, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable sectors living alongside the Pulangi River.
According to Rogelio C. Lahunay, also known as Datu Pindulonan, one of the tribal chieftains in Kibawe, Bukidnon, the indigenous community currently has a divided stand about the proposed construction of the Pulangi dam. There are those who are in favor since they believe that the construction of the dam will mean development.  While there are those who are against it for it will mean the destruction of their land, which is their life and existence.

 

Datu Pindulonan, while not against development per se, is not in favor of the proposed dam construction.  He believes that development should be beneficial to the people.   According to him, the offer of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) to the affected communities, such as relocation, livelihood, and scholarship does not equate to genuine development since there will be areas that will be affected.
Former Barangay Captain Emeliana Tambog Dechos of San Vicente Dangcagan, Bukidnon, one of the affected areas, said that some of them signed a waiver allowing the construction of the dam.  Those who signed were after the security of having a place to relocate to.
According to an article released by the Legal Rights Center (LRC/KSK), there will be about twenty-three (23) barangays that will be affected.  These barangays are in six (6) municipalities, namely Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, Quezon, all located in Bukidnon, and the municipality of President Roxas in North Cotabato. In the municipality of Kibawe alone, according to Datu Pindulonan, there are about ten (10) barangays that will be affected. These communities will be submerged in water.
Mr. Abdulgani Yusop from the Institute of Middle East and Asia Studies (IMEAS), University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato said that the still unconfirmed estimates of the social costs of the dams are already staggering. The construction will take ten years. This means ten years of ceaseless displacement of more and more indigenous peoples, Bangsamoro people and migrant communities from their ancestral lands, homes, farms and fishing grounds.
Thousands of hectares of ancestral lands will go under water.  A substantial portion of the rich and naturally-endowed Liguasan marsh will dry up. Covering 280,000 hectares, Liguasan is the biggest marsh in the country and the second largest in Asia. It is rich in fish and other aquatic resources. It is the natural habitat of various types of fauna and the source of livelihood of Bangsamoro people in the 19 towns along its coastline.
The hydropower projects will adversely alter the ecosystems of Pulangi, Agus, Tagoloan and Bulanog Batang Rivers and the Liguasan, and thus, a substantial portion of Central Mindanao Region and the adjoining areas of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The losses and damages from the project will have irreversible, enormous and lasting effects. These cannot be offset by the so-called “benefits” that will trickle down to the people from these “development projects”.
Development must not be at the expense of the people.  Whatever benefits the hydropower will bring can not justify the violations that will be committed against the people.
Part of the State’s obligations is to respect and protect the people’s rights to food, housing and means of subsistence.  It should therefore always take into consideration that in the midst of all kinds of development, it is the people who should be given top priority.
Datu Pindulonan, while not against development per se, is not in favor of the proposed dam construction.  He believes that development should be beneficial to the people.   According to him, the offer of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) to the affected communities, such as relocation, livelihood, and scholarship does not equate to genuine development since there will be areas that will be affected.
Former Barangay Captain Emeliana Tambog Dechos of San Vicente Dangcagan, Bukidnon, one of the affected areas, said that some of them signed a waiver allowing the construction of the dam.  Those who signed were after the security of having a place to relocate to.
According to an article released by the Legal Rights Center (LRC/KSK), there will be about twenty-three (23) barangays that will be affected.  These barangays are in six (6) municipalities, namely Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, Quezon, all located in Bukidnon, and the municipality of President Roxas in North Cotabato. In the municipality of Kibawe alone, according to Datu Pindulonan, there are about ten (10) barangays that will be affected. These communities will be submerged in water.
Mr. Abdulgani Yusop from the Institute of Middle East and Asia Studies (IMEAS), University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato said that the still unconfirmed estimates of the social costs of the dams are already staggering. The construction will take ten years. This means ten years of ceaseless displacement of more and more indigenous peoples, Bangsamoro people and migrant communities from their ancestral lands, homes, farms and fishing grounds.
Thousands of hectares of ancestral lands will go under water.  A substantial portion of the rich and naturally-endowed Liguasan marsh will dry up. Covering 280,000 hectares, Liguasan is the biggest marsh in the country and the second largest in Asia. It is rich in fish and other aquatic resources. It is the natural habitat of various types of fauna and the source of livelihood of Bangsamoro people in the 19 towns along its coastline.
The hydropower projects will adversely alter the ecosystems of Pulangi, Agus, Tagoloan and Bulanog Batang Rivers and the Liguasan, and thus, a substantial portion of Central Mindanao Region and the adjoining areas of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The losses and damages from the project will have irreversible, enormous and lasting effects. These cannot be offset by the so-called “benefits” that will trickle down to the people from these “development projects”.
Development must not be at the expense of the people.  Whatever benefits the hydropower will bring can not justify the violations that will be committed against the people.
Part of the State’s obligations is to respect and protect the people’s rights to food, housing and means of subsistence.  It should therefore always take into consideration that in the midst of all kinds of development, it is the people who should be given top priority.

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