Campaign against large-scale mining
Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters
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Friday, 18 September 2015 14:49
Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters

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mining_hell_wk_2015_mendiola_by_ATM“INTEGRIDAD NG TAO AT EKOLOHIYA IPAGLABAN, GANID NG PANDAIGDIGANG INDUSTRIYA NG MINA WAKASAN! PNoy panagutin sa mga disgrasya, pagpaslang at panlilinlang na dulot ng pagmimina!”

After two-consecutive days of public actions slamming large-scale mining operations in the Philippines and highlighting the call for ecological integrity, environmental group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) headed to Mendiola to demand accountability from the Aquino administration for its alleged inactions to the injustices brought by mining in the country.

Environmental advocates performed a die-in near Mendiola bridge and used their bodies to spell-out “NO TO MINING” while other participants held up posters reiterating the group’s calls to stop large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

The activity is part of ATM’s week-long action to challenge the global mining industry by supporting the call of Laudato Si for ecological integrity and challenge the globalization of the mining industry.

“We hold the Aquino government accountable for its inaction—for the mining disasters, human rights violations and deaths, and the many negative impacts of mining.” said Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM.

“These inactions have led to unresolved pressing issues that continue to haunt the everyday lives of anti-mining advocates all over the Philippines.” he added.

According to the group, 28 environmental activists including three (3) children have been victims of mining-related killings in the Aquino administration alone. All killings up to this date remain to be unresolved.

“People are literally dying to protect their lands against the mining companies which want to savage their environment. Most of these people are from the Indigenous groups, one of the most vulnerable sectors here in our country.”  Garganera said.

“It such a shame that those who are fighting for the integrity of creation are the ones who are being hunted down. It is downright wrong that those who are fighting for ecological integrity are the ones who are living in fear of their lives and the lives of their loved ones.” he added.

Aside from the unresolved cases of killings, ATM also lambasted the government’s lack of action in the rehabilitation of damages caused by mining.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015 14:54
Environmental groups slams mining confab, launches week-long activity against mining
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:08

Environmental groups slams mining confab, launches week-long activity against mining

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Environmental advocates headed by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) once again called for the protection of the environment against the destructive impacts of mining through a prayer rally and candle lighting activity in Plaza Raja Sulayman , on September 15, Tuesday, along Roxas Boulevard.

The prayer rally which is just a jump-starter for the coalition’s bi-annual week-long actions according to its National Coordinator Jaybee Garagnera, is the group’s welcome gesture to the participants of Mining Philippines 2015 Conference and Exhibitions currently being held at Solaire Resort & Casino Manila.

“It’s the time of the year where the Chamber of Mines in the Philippines (COMP) has once again opened our country for auction to the plunderers of our natural mineral resources.” says Garganera.

“As COMP welcomes the mining industry players including investors and mining firms, we want to make an equal effort to stress that our country is not for sale and our environment has suffered enough degradation and plundering from the extractive industry.” he added.

The prayer rally and candle lighting activity entitled DASAL PARA SA INTEGRIDAD NG BUHAY AT EKOLOHIYA (Prayer for the Integrity of life and creation) was attended by environmentalists and activists who are pushing advocacies and reforms against the current mining policies and situation in the country.

“Our activity is an answer to his Holiness Pope Francis’ call for integrity of creation.” says Garganera.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:21
Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA Green March
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:03
Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA
Green March and Festival
Call for the immediate passage of the ‘green bills’ in PNoy’s last SONA

“It’s not hard to be green! Pass the ‘green’ bills NOW!”

Two days before President Noynoy Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), over 700 environmental activists marched around the Quezon Memorial Circle, last Saturday, July 25, for the annual pre-SONA Green Festival.The event called on legislators and the Aquino administration to fast track the enactment of the three Green Bills—the National Land Use Act (NLUA), the Forest Resources Bill (FRB), and the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

The ‘green’ advocates demanded President Aquino to include thethree pro-environment bills in his SONA this coming July 27, and urge the legislators to pass the three bills as a legacy of the 16th Congress to future generations.

“We are disappointed with the slow progress of the green bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives,” stated Akbayan Rep. Angie Katoh."We badly need to inform the public and the government of the relevance of these green bills, in light of the recent disasters and predicted dangers caused by natural calamities. We must not forget that environmental concerns are critical issues that affect the nation.”

“Currently, there are many other issues that creates more noise than the green bills, such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Binays, and of course, the 2016 elections. The Congress should not neglect its responsibility to ensure a more sustainable and disaster-resilient environment through the passage of these bills,” explained Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, co-author of the three green bills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:08
ATM Statement on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Sii" (“Praise Be To You”)
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Friday, 19 June 2015 16:48
ATM Statement on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Sii" (“Praise Be To You”)
18 June 2015

As his holiness Pope Francis said in his homily on February 9, 2015 in Vatican, “A Christian who does not protect creation, who does not let it grow, is a Christian who does not care about the work of God … And this is the first response to the first creation: protect creation, make it grow.”


It is with this that Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an alliance of environmental and human rights groups composed of more than a hundred organizations and partners all over the Philippines expresses its full appreciation and support to his Holiness, Pope Francis, on this monumental day, June 18 of the present time as he gives light to one of the world’s most pressing issues: the environment and climate change.
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