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A History of Rresistance Vs. Big Dams
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BINGA DAM AND RESERVOIR. Binga dam was the second to be set up on the Agno River, after Ambuklao dam was built upstream in Bokod, Benguet in the 1950's. Above left, the Binga dam and spillway structure. Above right, the reservoir.   HANGING BRIDGE. A hanging bridge crosses the Chico river at Tomiangan, a village in upper Tabuk. Kalinga. The village and scores of others would have been submerged if the Chico dam project had pushed through.
MACLIING DULAG. Macliing Dulag, a Kalinga tribal leader, was killed by Phil. Army troops on April 24, 1980 due to his staunch opposition to the Chico dam project. His death anniversary is now commemorated as Cordillera Day.
  ANTI-DAM OPPOSITION. The Kalinga and Bontoc tribal communities rise up to oppose the Chico dam project, effectively combining both indigenous and state-sanctioned means, both in the legal and armed arenas.   PLAYING GONGS. Ama Daniel Ngayaan (4th from left), a Kalinga tribal leader of the anti-Chico dam opposition, joins other local elders in a gong dance, in one of many indigenous gatherings that he attended. On October 6, 1987, Ama Ngayaan was abducted by the so-called "Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army" (CPLA), a paramilitary group under the AFP. Until today, his body has not yet been found.
LIVELIHOODS AFFECTED BY DAMS. Among indigenous communities, even those near the urban centers such as in Itogon, Benguet, much of the natural resources such as water, mineral, forest and pasture resources are accessible, if not owned, communally. Above left, a communal piped-water system. Above center, gold panning on the Agno. Above right, ekeing out a swidden farm on the steep mountainsides. All these are now adversely affected by the operation of the San Roque dam.
ANCESTRAL RICELANDS LOST FOR GOOD. Dalupirip in Itogon, Benguet, has retained much of its indigenous and rural lifeways despite its proximity to Baguio City. People here still eke out a big part of their livelihood by tilling the soil like their ancestors did, on much the same ancestral lands. Above left, ricefields in Bolangit. Above center, harvesting indigenous rice varieties. Above right, former ricelands now taken over by the San Roque dam project.
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. The Ibaloy people's struggle for land, livelihood and justice is far from finished (above left, center). It will go on because it is a struggle for survival, a struggle for life. In the meantime, other dam projects are being opposed by other indigenous communities, such as this woman (above right) from an Ifugao community that opposes the Matuno dam nearby.
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