Protektahan at alagaan: Bishop calls for IPs, environment protection amid Kaliwa Dam construction threats
Bishop Valentin Dimoc, head of the bishops’ Commission on Indigenous Peoples, urged local Politikos to protect the indigenous peoples and the environment in in the Cordillera Administrative Region from the “threats” posed by the planned China-funded Kaliwa Dam project.
Declaring this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday on October 17, the Bishop appealed that the P12.2 billion project “threatens the integrity and the way of life” of the Dumagat-Remontado tribes.
“They need to be protected because their lives are being threatened by this kind of project,” said Dimoc, who is also the Apostolic Vicar of Bontoc-Lagawe.
The prelate made the statement in his homily during Mass at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Sagada, a town in Mountain Province.