TABUK, KALINGA: Diocesan Bishop Renato Abibico of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon (EDNL) has called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to intervene in the on-going protests by local residents against power firm Hedcor for various violations.
Abibico in his letter to Aquino said Hedcor has violated the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) and the free prior and informed consent- memorandum of agreement (FPIC-MOA) issued by the indigenous peoples representatives of the barangays of Napua ,Namatec and Sabangan in the construction of Hedcor’s 14megawatt hydro plant.
He revealed that a petition was also filed against Hedcor, Sta Clara Construction, Drill Corporation and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), for violations of the conduct of securing the FPIC-MOA being “flawed, deceitful and fraudulent”, that could result to destruction of the environment and cultural spots.
The petitioners claimed that NCIP manipulated the FPIC-MOA using a “non-existent Tinmakudo ancestral domain.”
In an interview with Abibico, he said he wants to know the validity and existence of a certain Tinmakudo tribe in Sabangan.
Records from the regional office of the NCIP showed that Tinmakudo ancestral domain has not yet been endorsed for approval by the central office of the agency.
A petition for cancellation of the ECC at the issuing office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was also filed due reported violations of Hedcor “because of disrespect of the environmental laws and destruction of the environment”
Hedcor allegedly cut more than the required 378 grown trees, did not earth ball 298 tree saplings, and non construction of designated disposal sites to contain earth spoils thus allowing debris to flow to the Chico River.
Abibico lamented that “nothing has been done” by the respective government functionary where the petition to cancel the ECC was lodged.