[Press Release] Bishops, indigenous peoples and bikers join 2nd Padyak para sa Katutubo at Kalikasan -ATM

Bishops, indigenous peoples and bikers join 2nd Padyak para sa Katutubo at Kalikasan
2-day event culminates in Ati ancestral lands in Boracay

Quezon City—150 bikers joined the 2-days advocacy bile tour to raise awareness on the issues that Philippine indigenous peoples and the environment face now.

The Padyak para sa Katutubo at Kalikasan” on its 2nd year started in Calapan City on October 13 and concluded in Barangay Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island in Aklan yesterday.

“As we tirelessly toured communities, we were reminded of our Christian responsibility to journey with our IP sisters and brothers as they defend their lands versus mining and to protect their rights,” said Fr Edu Gariguez—a global environmental awardee and major supporter of Mangyan communities.

Padyak is our symbolic way of being in solidarity with them,” he added.

The theme for this year’s bike tour is “Evangelization and Enculturation.” Evangelization—the absorption of Gospel values, Enculturation—expressing these values in terms that are understandable by the indigenous peoples and respectful of their cultural practices.

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“We are against mining because we know that it will destroy our ancestral lands, the environment—for Mangyans—ang lupa ay aming buhay, kung pabayaan naming masira ‘yan, parang pinabayaan na naming maubos ang aming lahi,” Ka Ponyong Kadlos, coordinator of the Kapulungan para sa Lupang Ninuno and representative of the mining-affected Mangyan communities said.

The bike tour was supported by many organizations that support the indigenous peoples struggles and the rights of Mother Earth.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a coalition of peoples organizations, non-governmental organizations, and mining affected communities calling for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill strongly supported this event.

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM said: “We are one with our IP sisters and brothers and mining-affected communities in calling for respect—for their right to self-determination and to say no to development aggression. Mining being one of them, as we have seen in the past, is extremely destructive, and the government should recognize that and act on the call of the people who want to protect the environment and call for its conservation.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (CBCP-ECIP) organized the bike tour, in coordination with the Vicariate of Calapan, Mangyan Mission, the Diocese of Kalibo, and the Atis of Boracay Island. (30)

For more information:
Tony Abuso, CBCP-ECIP Coordinator, +632 5274062; 5274155 <ecipns@yahoo.com.ph>
Fr Edu Gariguez, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary, 0922-8348248 <edugariguez@yahoo.com>
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, 0927-7617602 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Ka Ponyong Kadlos, KPLN Coordinator, 0929-7116147

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