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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

15 die in dam collapse at Siberian gold mine

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) The workers died when a dam on the Seiba River collapsed in the early hours of Saturday and flooded several cabins where they lived, authorities say

ACCIDENT. This handout picture released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on October 19, 2019, shows a flooding after a dam failure in a gold miners village close to the town of Shchetinkino, about 250 km from the city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo from Russian Emergency Situations Ministry

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

WATCH: Sa dulo ng Wawa Dam

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Would you cross a river every day to teach?

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

Angat Dam inches up above critical level, thanks to monsoon

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The southwest monsoon brings rain over the Angat Dam, causing its water level to rise slightly above 160 meters on Friday, July 19

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160. 28 meter despite the onset of the rainy season. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Angat Dam drops below critical level again

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The Angat Dam's water level plunges to 159.93 meters as of 6 am on Thursday, July 11

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160. 28 meter despite the onset of the rainy season. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: Robredo 'proposes widening pipes' as solution to water crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo never said the water crisis could be solved by widening water pipes

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

Manila Water, Maynilad to still get limited supply from Angat Dam

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Angat Dam's water level inches up, but the reduced allocation for concessionaires will remain until the dam is back to its minimum operating water level

As water interruption continues in the Metro, residents of Mandaluyong getting a water supply from Manila Water, June 22, 2019. Angat Dam is now reported in critical low level. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

EXPLAINER: It's the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level

Yes, it's raining, but not much over Angat Dam

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Angat Dam's water level is still decreasing even after the onset of the rainy season. For consumers, this means more water interruptions.

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160. 28 meter despite the onset of the rainy season. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Angat Dam plunges below critical level

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:40 AM

The Angat Dam's water level drops to 159.78 meters as of 6 am on Saturday, June 22, even below the critical 160 meters

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160. 28 meter despite the onset of the rainy season. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite face water interruptions in June 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) The supply that Manila Water and Maynilad are getting from the Angat Dam is reduced further, leading to water interruptions

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

Water interruptions likely if Angat Dam level dips further

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Though the rainy season is underway, the amount of rainfall is still not enough to boost the water level of the Angat Dam

Photo from MWSS

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

Angat Dam dips to critical level

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Angat Dam's water level drops to 179.97 meters on Sunday, April 28, below its minimum operating water level of 180 meters

Photo from MWSS

22-hour water interruptions expected as Cebu’s Jaclupan dam dries up

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The water service in households in the affected areas has been reduced to two hours a day

JACLUPAN. This photo shows Metropolitan Cebu Water District's Jaclupan Facility. File photo from MCWD's website

[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

Cebu's Buhisan Dam all dried up

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 AM

The Metro Cebu Water District implements water rationing in 16 areas in Cebu City

BUHISAN DAM. Photo from mwcd.gov.ph

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

Duterte orders Manila Water, Maynilad to 'release water' from Angat Dam

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:37 PM

President Duterte's order is effective noontime, March 15, 'good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents,' says Malacañang

PROTEST. Militant groups shout water on during a protest outside the MWSS compound in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, to condemn the water criss in Metro Manila. 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

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The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:05 AM

All those listed as missing are presumed dead, with no survivors being found over the past week