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Anti-mining group reject Nickel Asia as development partner for Guiuan post-Yolanda rehabilitation
On Mining
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:02

ATM Statement

February 4, 2014

 

Anti-mining group reject Nickel Asia as development partner for Guiuan  post-Yolanda rehabilitation

 

atm-logoAlyansa Tigil Mina, a coalition of more than one hundred organizations that is challenging the current policy regime on mining in the country, is strongly opposing the designation of Nickel Asia Corporation as the lead private sector “development partner” for Guiuan, south of Eastern Samar.

 

The Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation (PARR), on January 30, announced four pilot areas for Yolanda rehabilitation—Tacloban City, Tanauan in Leyte, Guiuan in Eastern Samar, and Biliran. There are more than twenty other areas for rehabilitation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:04
 
Groups launch Anti Mining Solidarity Week of Actions
On Mining
Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:15

Press Release

September 6, 2013

Groups launch Anti Mining Solidarity Week of Actions

Call on Chamber of Mines, government: Stop the Plunder! Tao Muna, Hindi Mina!

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Groups led by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) launched a week-long campaign opposing the Chamber of Mines’ push for more mining investments in the country.

“Every September since President GMA’s time, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP) organizes an international mining conference packaging the Philippines as a mining hub. Every year, our groups opposing the current framework of aggressive promotion of large-scale mining, denounce this through our creative actions,” explained Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM on Friday.

“Destructive large-scale mining is the plunder of our natural wealth, much as the pork barrel scam was a plunder of the taxpayer’s money. This time, we call on the government to no longer allow the plunder of our mineral wealth. Let us find a way to manage our mineral resources and maximize it for our national industrializations,” Garganera added.

The groups are also lobbying for the review of the current Mining Law (RA7942) and eventually passage of an Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB). Champions in Senate and the House of Representatives support them.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner-Baguilat, one of the authors of the AMMB, said: “My Congressional Report on IPs and Mining in the 15th Congress surfaced a lot of mining problems in ancestral domains and indigenous communities.

“This is why we believe that it is about time to revisit our mining policies and address its flaws. We believe that if my co-legislators are willing and that if all sectors actively participate in the discussions, we can come out with a new policy that allows us to maximize our mineral resources and, at the same time, ensure the protection of our environment and rights of the people.”

The AMMB is currently filed in the two Houses as House Bill No. 984 and Senate Bill No. 43.

Meanwhile, mining-affected communities and their support groups are also waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision in their petition to declare unconstitutional Sections 80-81 (fiscal regime) of RA7942.

Garganera concluded, “In the midst of all these issues on the pork barrel scam and plunder cases, we hope that the Administration and the different offices will respond.”

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.

For more information:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0927) 761.76.02 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy Advocacy Officer (0915) 331.33.61 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TFDP is a member of Alyansa Tigil Mina

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:22
 
ATM Statement on the Downscaling of the Tampakan Mining Project
On Mining
Friday, 16 August 2013 11:50

14 August 2013

 

ATM Statement on the Downscaling of the Tampakan Mining Project

 

This is a victory for the B’laan people, the local communities in Tampakan and the Provincial Government of South Cotabato.

 

Contrary to the claims of SMI, Indophil and Xstrata, the government rules on mining projects are clear.  The miners have i) failed to secure the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the indigenous B’laan communities; ii) failed to secure the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the DENR, and iii) failed to convince the local government to overturn its ban on open-pit mining.

 

SMI, Indophil and Xstrata had failed to comply with Philippine laws and regulations, and can’t be allowed to proceed.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:52
 
Likas Yaman Depensahan, Karapatan Proteksyunan Enact three green bills—NLUMA, FRB, AMMB
On Mining
Thursday, 18 July 2013 18:48
Groups call on PNoy: Likas Yaman Depensahan, Karapatan Proteksyunan
Enact three green bills—NLUMA, FRB, AMMB
Days before President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), at least five hundred advocates and activists marched to the House of Representatives in Batasan to call on the President and Congress to defend the Philippine’s natural resources and protect people’s rights through the enactment of three green bills.
Calling for the enactment of the National Land Use Management Act (NLUMA), Forest Resources Bill (FRB) and Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) are the Campaign for Land use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!), Sagip GUBAT and SOS Yamang Bayan networks.
The “Green Groups” urged PNoy to recognize these urgent concerns in his SONA and to certify urgent the three “Green” bills that will not only address our environmental problems but also protect the rights of Filipino communities to a thriving environment and livelihood opportunities.
Erwin Quiñones, national coordinator of SOS Yamang Bayan explained: “Two years ago we asked the President: gawing luntian ang tuwid na daan. Unfortunately, he failed us. Now we call on the government again to prioritize these three environment bills that will address land use problems, deforestation and minerals management.
“Eventually, these legislative measures will contribute to the rehabilitation and stability of our eccosystems and will raise our capacity to fight the impacts of climate change and a growing population ,” he added.
Reps. Barry Gutierrez III of Akbayan Partylist, Teddy Brawner-Baguilat Jr of Ifugao, Jorge “Bolet” Banal of the 3rd Distict of Quezon City, and Kaka Bag-ao of Dinagat, who support these bills met the group as they arrived in Batasan. The group is composed of indigenous peoples, farmers and fisherfolks, urban poor, women, human rights advocates, environmentalists and students.
Rep. Gutierrez urged President Aquino to ‘paint’ his administration green and champion important laws to safeguard the environment.
“President Aquino during the start of his administration used the color yellow as a symbol in the people’s campaign to fight for transparency and end a corrupt past and then employed the color purple in the struggle for the passage of the Reproductive Health law. It’s just fitting that, in the remaining years of his presidency, he should also paint his administration green and push for the passage of laws crucial for the protection of the environment,” according to Gutierrez.
NLUMA already has the support of President Aquino which he mentioned in his SONA in 2010 and certified as urgent piece of legislation last Congress. However, the bill was derailed in the Senate after it was reverted back to the Second Reading with the motion of reconsideration at the last minute by Senator Marcos, Enrile, and Villar. NLUMA was also excluded in the list of agenda last 2 session days in the Senate ending its chances of being passed into law last 15th Congress.
Reps. Kaka Bag-ao, Teddy Baguilat, and Jorge Banal refiled the National Land Use and Management Act last July 1. In the Senate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan also refiled the National Land Use bill that will rationalize the holistic and just allocation and use of our country’s land and natural resources.
Rep. Banal, principal sponsor of NLUMA stressed “We have pushed for the enactment of a National Land Use and Management Law during the 15th Congress and we are steadfast in fighting for its passage.”
He also encouraged everyone to support this campaign for NLUMA for this will “ensure sustainability and ecological balance, distributive justice in the allocation of land and water resources”.
Meanwhile, re-elected Ifugao Rep. Baguilat eagerly refiled the Forest Resources Bill last July 1.
“I strongly believe it is imperative that Congress pass all three green bills because they address the lack of a proper framework for the use and management of our natural resources. Our lands, waters, forests and minerals are not just sources of raw materials to be exploited but are resources that should be wisely managed for the benefit of present and future stakeholders. We hope Malacanang will support all three bills as well and not just fiscal incentives for investments,” stressed Rep. Baguilat.
The three bills have been filed in both Houses of Congress as House Bill No. 108 and Senate Bill No. 63 (NLUMA), House Bill No. 95 and Senate Bill No. 45 (FRB), and House Bill 984 and Senate Bill No. 43 (AMMB), respectively.
Rep. Bag-ao promised: “In this 16th Congress, we will not let the opportunity pass to enact the NLUMA, AMMB and FRB into laws. These three environmental bills must be prioritized by this Congress to jumpstart the deliberations and debates towards the speedy passage of these laws. ”
The networks challenge this Congress to be “Green Heroes” and immediately tackle and pass these bills.
The Executive Branch led by President Aquino is also called on to support the urgent passage of these critical resource laws, together with promoting a better policy and fiscal environment for investments. .
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For more information, contact:
Kim Alvarez, CLUP Now!, 0918-6545059 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Eric Dorente, Sagip GUBAT Network, 0922-8151938 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Farah Sevilla, SOS Yamang Bayan Network, 0923-5122374 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Photo by PhilRights
Groups call on PNoy: Likas Yaman Depensahan, Karapatan Proteksyunan
Enact three green bills—NLUMA, FRB, AMMB

Days before President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), at least five hundred advocates and activists marched to the House of Representatives in Batasan to call on the President and Congress to defend the Philippine’s natural resources and protect people’s rights through the enactment of three green bills.

Calling for the enactment of the National Land Use Management Act (NLUMA), Forest Resources Bill (FRB) and Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) are the Campaign for Land use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!), Sagip GUBAT and SOS Yamang Bayan networks.

The “Green Groups” urged PNoy to recognize these urgent concerns in his SONA and to certify urgent the three “Green” bills that will not only address our environmental problems but also protect the rights of Filipino communities to a thriving environment and livelihood opportunities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 18:56
 
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