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Campaign against large-scale mining
Local groups stage candle lighting and prayers against mining projects -ATM
On Mining
Monday, 11 March 2013 16:37
ATM Press Release
March 11, 2013
Hundreds gather to protest mining all over the country
Local groups stage candle lighting and prayers against mining projects
Quezon City—Hundreds of protesters from mining-affected communities throughout the country gathered over the weekend to condemn the negative impacts of large-scale mining and the decision of national agencies allowing for the aggressive promotion of mining in the Philippines.
Community members and support groups held the gatherings in Cagayan Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Leyte, Agusan del Norte, and Surigao del Sur, and organized separate site actions to say “No to mining!”
Commemoration of Mining Act’s 13 years of oppression
The intensified local actions challenged the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, or RA 7942.  The law is being blamed for its negative impacts on people and the environment, and for causing social unrest.  Many organizations view the Mining Act, enacted on March 4, 1995, as a policy submission to the demands of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, to liberalize the mining industry of the country.
Jaybee Garganera, ATM national coordinator said: “This law has resulted to the destruction of the environment — our food and water sources, [and has] led to social disorder and tribal wars.  Worse, it cost the lives of many environmentalists and anti-mining advocates.”
“Black sand mining here in Cagayan remains to be illegal and destructive. We are concerned that our coastal areas are being eroded and this poses threats to our lives and our livelihood”, said Evelyn Lacambra, President of CLAIM (Concerned Lal-okenos Against Illegal Mining), based in the town of Lalo, in Cagayan Province.
Meanwhile, Fidel Opay, Secretary General of SALAKNIB from Nueva Vizcaya, stated that “the mining operations here in Nueva Vizcaya are not accepted by the community. The resistance against mining are present in villages from Didipio and Malabing Valley in the town of Kasibu and barricades have been set-up in Paquet and Pao villages in the same town.” He added that these operations conflict with their agricultural livelihood. “We demand from the local government and the DENR to stop these operations,” he concluded. SALAKNIB is a multi-sectorial organization throughout Nueva Vizcaya, campaigning against mining and proposed large-scale dam projects in the province.
The Cagayan activity was held in a parish church in Aparri, with more than 30 participants coming from the towns of Lal-o, Buguey, and Aparri. The gathering in Neuva Vizcaya was held in front of the provincial capitol with more than 20 farmers from Kasibu and Dupax del Norte municipalities. Both were held last Sunday, March 10.
Last Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013, more than 200 participants gathered in a solidarity action in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.  Led by “Save Palawan” Movement, Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI), and the Justice for Doc Gerry Movement, the ecumenical prayer gathering was led by no less than Bishop Pedro Arigo. It also included youth groups, local media, and supporters of senatorial candidate Teddy Casino.
Today, March 11, about 100 people from the towns of Cantilan and Carascal from Surigao del Sur, gathered in Butuan City, to protest against the DENR-MGB for failing to implement a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) against Marcventures Mining Corporation, a nickel-mining company. The protesters were joined by at least 15 indigenous peoples (from the Mamanwa tribe) from Agusan del Norte for the protest.
Scrap RA 7942; enact the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB)
As an alternative to the current mining law, AlyansaTigil Mina, part of SoS-Yamang Bayan Network, is pushing for the passage of a Minerals Management bill that will not only look into the exploitation of the country’s mineral resources, but will also return the power to mining-affected communities to decide if they want to allow miners to explore their land.
Erwin Quinones, coordinator of the SoS-YB network said, “The Mining Act of 1995 fails to respond to issues of social acceptability, environmental concerns, and the reality of climate change and disasters. That is why SoS-YB is pushing for the enactment of a new mining law, embodied by the proposed Philippines Mineral Resources Act (PMRA), or the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).”  SoS-YB is a multi-sectorial group composed of more than a hundred local and national organizations supporting the AMMB.
ATM also challenged the Aquino administration to distinguish itself from the previous regime. Garganera said, “PNoy must support the passage of AMMB or PMRA. That is the only genuine way to be true to his social contract and to resolve the conflicts brought by large-scale mining.”
Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB. (30)
For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 09277617602
Farah Sevilla, Policy Research and Advocacy Officer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0915-3313361
ATM Press Release
March 11, 2013
Hundreds gather to protest mining all over the country
Local groups stage candle lighting and prayers against mining projects
atmQuezon City—Hundreds of protesters from mining-affected communities throughout the country gathered over the weekend to condemn the negative impacts of large-scale mining and the decision of national agencies allowing for the aggressive promotion of mining in the Philippines.
Community members and support groups held the gatherings in Cagayan Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Leyte, Agusan del Norte, and Surigao del Sur, and organized separate site actions to say “No to mining!”
Commemoration of Mining Act’s 13 years of oppression
The intensified local actions challenged the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, or RA 7942.  The law is being blamed for its negative impacts on people and the environment, and for causing social unrest.  Many organizations view the Mining Act, enacted on March 4, 1995, as a policy submission to the demands of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, to liberalize the mining industry of the country.
Jaybee Garganera, ATM national coordinator said: “This law has resulted to the destruction of the environment — our food and water sources, [and has] led to social disorder and tribal wars.  Worse, it cost the lives of many environmentalists and anti-mining advocates.”
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 16:39
 
Romblonanons pass Environment and Natural Resources Code -ATM
On Mining
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:43
Press Release
February 13, 2013
Romblonanons pass Environment and Natural Resources Code
Mining identified as crucial environmental concern
On Monday, February 11, the Provincial Council of Romblon passed its Environment and Natural Resources Code that intends to legislate measures to protect and conserve its environment and natural resources, specifically on destructive industries such as mining and logging.
Gov. Eduardo Firmalo said: “Finally, the Environment Code is passed! We are firm with our decision that Romblon is a special province, with beautiful resources that we should not forgo because of its promised development. As caretakers of our province, we agree that to protect the environment and natural resources is one of our important roles.”
Romblon provincial board member Felix Ylagan, the principal author of the environment code, said that it is timely to approved the ordinance to correct the errors made against the environment.
"The people have spoken very clearly, let there be liberality, it has been said time and again to 'apply the law not by the letters that killeth but by the spirit that giveth life'; the legislation has far reaching benefits which will protect us now and those of our children's children," Ylagan said.
Among the most controversial sections include Sec. 64 on Mining where it stated:
Mining shall not be allowed within one (1) kilometer radius from a declared watershed or watershed areas as identified by the municipality concerned;
Mining shall not be allowed above watershed areas regardless of its distance from the declared watershed areas;
Mining shall not be allowed in tourism and agricultural areas as identified by the municipality concerned; in areas identified by Presidential Executive Order No. 79, series of 2012; and in Section 19 of Republic Act 7942 as provided shall be applicable within the purview of Section 64 of this Code.
Reacting to the recent passage of the ordinance, Sibuyan Islands Sentinels League for Environment (Sibuyan ISLE) said that the legislation challenges local government units to integrate climate change action and disaster risk reduction management plans in their development programs.
Sibuyan ISLE director Rodne Galicha said: “The path to sustainable development has been laid down and the decision-makers must implement programs which will not worsen the effects of the climate crisis—conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment are top priorities as well.”
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) welcomed this development and encouraged more local governments to legislate regulations to mining despite reported intimidation by some national government agencies to give favor to mining operations.
“We are pleased to find out that the provincial policy has been passed already, mainly because we believe that the local policy makers should take a stand and ensure that their environment is safe from critical industries. We congratulate the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Romblon,and the people for the strong political will!” Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM said.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM) said: “Indeed the strong will of the people reigned after many years—it is the moral obligation of the Provincial Council to decide on the fate of the people towards a genuine environmental stewardship.”
The Romblon Environment Code is passed three years after the South Cotabato Environment Code was passed. This is one of the reasons why the Department of Environment and Natural Resources cannot issue SMI-Xstrata’s Environmental Compliance Certificate for the Tampakan mining project.
Sibuyanons Against Mining (SAM)/Sibuyan Isle, Alliance of Students Against Mining (ASAM) and REFAM with Msgr. Ernie Fetalino of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Ronelio Fabriquer of the Philippine Independent Church together with other lay leaders awaited the adoption of the said Environmental Code.
Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB. (30)
For more information:
Felix Ilagan, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, 0928-503. 215
Pearl Harder, REFAM Secretariat, 0917-5927932
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0927-7617602
Farah Sevilla, Policy Research and Advocacy Officer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0915-3313361
Press Release
February 13, 2013
Romblonanons pass Environment and Natural Resources Code
Mining identified as crucial environmental concern
atmOn Monday, February 11, the Provincial Council of Romblon passed its Environment and Natural Resources Code that intends to legislate measures to protect and conserve its environment and natural resources, specifically on destructive industries such as mining and logging.
Gov. Eduardo Firmalo said: “Finally, the Environment Code is passed! We are firm with our decision that Romblon is a special province, with beautiful resources that we should not forgo because of its promised development. As caretakers of our province, we agree that to protect the environment and natural resources is one of our important roles.”
Romblon provincial board member Felix Ylagan, the principal author of the environment code, said that it is timely to approved the ordinance to correct the errors made against the environment.
"The people have spoken very clearly, let there be liberality, it has been said time and again to 'apply the law not by the letters that killeth but by the spirit that giveth life'; the legislation has far reaching benefits which will protect us now and those of our children's children," Ylagan said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:51
 
Groups condemn another violent attack against anti-mining advocate
On Mining
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:24

ATM Press Release

October 30, 2012

Groups condemn another violent attack against anti-mining advocate

Call on P-Noy to clear bloodsheds on “tuwid na daan”

atm-logoAlyansa Tigil Mina and other environmental groups are enraged over another ambush attack against an environmental advocate in Carmen, Surigao del Sur last October 29, 2012 and are now calling on the president to ensure that violence and bloodshed are steered clear from its “tuwid na daan”.

Recent ambush attack

Last October 29 at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon,  Dr. Isidro Olan, a staunch opponent of logging and mining in Surigao del Sur and president of Lovers of Nature Foundation, was on a trip with his wife, when they noticed that logs were blocking their way. Dr. Olan got down from his car to clear the road but was was suddenly rained with shots by gunmen. He received one bullet wound on his upper chest while his wife was unhurt, who stayed inside their vehicle during the encounter. t.

Social Action Center in Carmen reported that Dr. Olan and his group had been receiving threats on their lives following their campaigns to seize illegal loggers and mining in their town. The group believed that it was a premeditated attack.

Other brutal encounters

“We are deeply saddened and extremely enraged on the series of assaults against community leaders whose only intention is to protect our environment. Worse, these cases happened more frequently in the last two months,” recalled Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM.

 
On the commemoration of IPRA; Solon, IP leaders call for justice, peace and solidarity
On Mining
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47

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Photo by Jay Asuzena/PhilRights

ATM Press Release

October 29, 2012

 

On the commemoration of IPRA; Solon, IP leaders call for justice, peace and solidarity

Rep. Baguilat declares year-round campaign

 

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the promulgation of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act or IPRA (RA 8371), Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat of the lone district of Ifugao, with other indigenous peoples leaders in the country call on the government to act fast on the Tampakan massacre and other IP killings, promote peace in IP communities and to join them in advancing sustainable development in their ancestral domains.

 

In a media forum today in Quezon City, Rep. Baguilat declared a year-long series of  commemoration activities for the IPRA from October 2012 to October 2013 to further promote IP rights and increase awareness among the general public.

 

Rep. Baguilat condemned the B’laan killings in Davao del Sur last Oct. 18, killing a mother and her two children.  He also called on the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to immediately conduct and complete their investigations to bring justice to the B’lann community.

 

Against ethnocide

Alarmed with the brutal killings ofin Davao del Sur and the murders of other IP leaders protecting their ancestral domains, Rep. Baguilat demanded an urgent investigation of the following cases.

 

“The Tampakan Massacre is a crime committed to the whole indigenous community and a big insult to the IPRA that recognizes the rights of indigenous community to protect their ancestral lands,” Baguilat added.

 

“I condemn these acts of harassments, terrors and attacks to IP leaders and communities, much so when the perpetrators are the military who are supposed to protect the Filipino people. I don’t know if they are even aware of IPRA?” he added.

 

Other issues

Other IP leaders raised other issues confronting tribal communities. Ka Remo Bolhayon, an Ifugao from Nueva Vizcaya discussed the long struggle of IP families in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya against the operation of Oceana Gold Philippines Inc., and the proposed Diduyom dam project in their mountains.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:05
 
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