Conditions of the Filipino people worsened during the pandemic, discrimination was all the more felt by the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of Philippine economy with worsened poverty and inequality.
The campaign of the i-Apayaos to prevent the construction of the dams continues despite the manipulative tactics of the corporation. The people continue their resistance despite the bias of government agencies towards the company, despite their supposed mandates to serve the interest of the indigenous peoples and affected communities. I-Apayaos remain resolute even if military forces have been mobilized and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has Red-tagged known elders and leaders.
“There is clear and strong opposition against the Kaliwa dam in Dumagat communities. It will be best if the government and MWSS listen to the voices of the opposition, stop the project, and seek other alternatives to ensure stable water supply for Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The claim that many people ‘benefit’ from it does not justify the huge displacement and ethnocide,” Beyer further explained.