ASEAN way: Big China-funded water, energy infra to displace more communities

Features Philippines Nov 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Can be more catastrophic than MRT 

Business projects oblivious to human communities are a trademark of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other globalization platforms, advocacy groups said Monday. Shortly after the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit, indigenous peoples, and water and energy rights advocates slammed China-funded water and energy projects under “Build, Build, Build” which are projected to displace thousands of families.

At a conference held in Quezon City, the Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Katribu), Water for the People Network (WPN) and People Opposed to Warrantless Electricity Rates (POWER) joined other concerned groups in tackling large dams among the Duterte administration’s flagship “Build, Build, Build” projects and their impact on communities. These include the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Phase 1 Kaliwa Dam, Phase 2 Laiban Dam and the Chico Pump Irrigation Project, all being vetted to the Chinese government for official development assistance (ODA) and estimated to dislodge over 14,000 households mainly of indigenous peoples, noted Piya Malayao of Katribu. “These projects pushing through can be more catastrophic than the tragic story of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT),” Jenny Haygood of IBON said.

(Read story…)