[Press Release] Immediate issuance of rational mining policy is necessary—Alyansa Tigil Mina

Calls on PNoy to address issues faced by the mining industry

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a national anti-mining coalition, responds to Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) and Mindanao Business Council (MBC) negative reaction to an alleged ‘leaked’ draft Executive Order (EO) on the mining policy. The alliance reiterated the need for a rational mining policy that addresses environmental, social, economic and governance issues associated with mining.

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina said, “Contrary to the negative reaction of key players in the mining industry, we believe that a new executive order should be able to address pressing issues on the environment, especially now with the increased impacts of climate change and disasters experienced in the country.”

In the past two days, media has tackled a ‘leaked’ draft EO entitled “Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines Therefor, and For Other Purposes” where COMP and
MBC declared the death of the mining industry if signed and implemented.

Garganera added, “We have not seen this ‘leaked’ document but we hope that the Minerals Policy Review Group did their homework and considered the problems on deforestation and environmental protection, local government opposition to mining, and transparency and accountability.

We do not believe that any government policy should be labeled as ‘anti-mining’ simply because it does not favor the mining industry. We would like to pursue a rational mining policy that addresses the many problems raised since the aggressive promotion of mining in the Philippines,” he added.

Specifically, in its position paper ATM called on President Benigno Aquino, III to revoke Executive Order 270-A (signed in 2004) or the Revitalization of the Mining Industry. Some issues raised in the submission include the impacts of large-scale mining on asset reform gains, impairment on the rights of indigenous peoples, risks to our environment and natural resources, weakening of local autonomy and weak regulatory and governance mechanisms on the industry. There is also a need to address the social issues and human rights violations experienced in mining-hosted communities.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the passage of the Philippine Mineral Resources Act a.k.a. Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

Press Release
February 9, 2012

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0927) 761.76.02 􀀀<nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy & Advocacy Officer, (0915) 331.33.61 <policy@alyansatigilmina.net>

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