Indigenous communities, activists, religious groups, environmentalists, and supporters from different parts of the country gathered under a bridge in Infanta, Quezon to participate in a two-day activity aimed to express solidarity with the Dumagat in opposing the construction of Kaliwa Dam.

Dumagat Day, which happened from October 25 to 27 beside the picturesque Agos River, was filled with camaraderie and militant calls. Participants were able to listen to stories from the Dumagat, and exchange knowledge from one another.

Costing P18.72 billion, the government said the Kaliwa Dam would be funded through loans from China. The project has also recently acquired an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and now seeking for free, prior, informed consent (FCIP) that is required by law.

If pushed through, the controversial dam project will submerge parts of the Sierra Madre in Tanay, Rizal; General Nakar and Infanta towns in Quezon, displacing indigenous communities along the river, and adversely affecting the environment.

In an interview with reporters, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said that he would use “extraordinary powers” to see through the construction of Kaliwa Dam.

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