Group urges the government on Easter to take up the right path again, to stop large scale mining
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) said Sunday that this occasion will hopefully open a new chapter of peace, renewal and integrity of creation for the government to take up the right path and said the government needed to protect the environment.
“It is a fact that mining disasters are no end in sight with the current policy in mining industry through the Mining Act of 1995
Back in 1998, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a letter on the environment, What Is Happening to Our Beautiful Land? In this letter, the CBCP lamented the onslaught being perpetrated against the environment nationwide by the large-scale mining,” said Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator.
Garganera added that this “Easter Sunday is a good occasion to recollect and represents renewed aspirations and hopeful beginning much more to the mining affected communities who are ignored and their rights are violated with impunity.”
The testimonies of mining of affected communities of Marinduque and Compostela Valley paint a picture of the gravity of environmental degradation and human rights violations brought by the large scale mining in these areas,” Garganera stressed.
These conditions impair the communities rights to adequate housing, safe water and to an environment that does not harm their well-being. The past nineteen years since the Mining Act of 1995 enacted, it is very disheartening to witness the worsening rural poverty and continuing disaffection of affected communities on mining.”
ATM and CBCP calls for a moratorium on the issuance of new mining permits and the passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).
On April 22, various environmental groups, including ATM will participate in the celebration of Earth Day by holding public action in different parts of the country.-end-
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 passage of the AMMB.
For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, 0917-5498218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, 0927-6235066 or email@example.com
April 20, 2014
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