Kaliwa Dam still part of state's priority infrastructure projects

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The controversial Kaliwa Dam construction project remains a priority of the government especially after President Rodrigo Duterte's order for the speedy approval of water-resource works, an official said on Thursday.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon on Thursday said that the administration has 12 infrastructure projects in the pipeline related to improving the country's water supply. He said water resource projects need to be fast-tracked for the dry season.

"Napaka importante ng Kaliwa Dam sa long-term water sustainability sa Metro Manila... Kritikal ito," he said.

[Translation: The construction of the Kaliwa Dam is important for water sustainability in Metro Manila. This project is critical.]

President Rodrigo Duterte on August 26 signed Administrative Order 32, directing the fast review and approval of water projects to ensure the unhampered delivery of “clean, stable, adequate, and affordable water” to Filipinos.

The China-led project, which would build an integrated reservoir bordering Rizal and Quezon provinces using Chinese funding and Chinese construction firms, is designed to augment supply from Angat Dam — Metro Manila's only source of water.

The Kaliwa Dam project has also been stalled by protests and criticisms from environmental activists, locals, and indigenous people.