IPs want to be co-owner of JRMP II-A A +A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
MORE than 1,000 indigenous people (IPs) in three villages of Calinog, Iloilo have said they want to be co-owner of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP II).
The IPs are living in the highland barangays of Garangan, Masaroy, and Agcalaga, in Calinog, where the P11.2-billion mega dam project is being constructed.
Garangan, Masaroy, and Agcalaga have a total land area of 1,748.89 hectares and have been declared by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) as IP communities. [Read the related story].
Renato Casinao, president of the Board of Trustees of the Calinog Indigenous Peoples Organization (Cipo), said they also want a correct valuation and payment for the damaged properties and a relocation site with houses, accessible roads, sports facilities, potable water supply, electrification, and chapel for affected IPs.
The Cipo has pressed for a one percent fee from the net income of the project once it is operational in 2016 and the hiring of construction workers through the recommendation of the Council of Elders and the IPOs.
Casinao has said the National Government must uphold the IPs' rights and privileges as stated in the provisions of Republic Act 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997).
The demands will be incorporated in the second memorandum of agreement that will be finalized by the National Irrigation Administration and NCIP. (Lydia C. Pendon)