BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA – Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) together with its local partners, the Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Waterwatch, Alyansa ng Magsasaka para sa Kalikasan ng Kasibu, and Didipio Earth Savers Movement (DESAMA) declare their rejection of the continued illegal and destructive operations of OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI).
One hundred local farmers and indigenous peoples from the village of Didipio gathered in front of the OGPI satellite office to dramatize their demand for the immediate closure of the mines; to highlight the expired Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of OGPI with the Philippine Government.
“Mula pa sa simula ayaw na namin ng mina. Sapat na ang 25 taon ng kanilang pagpapayaman sa pagsira ng kabundukan,” said Rolando Pulido, Chairman, DESAMA.
(“From the very beginning we did not want mining. 25 years of profiteering from the destruction of the mountains is enough.”)
OGPI has been operating destructively for over 25 years. Their operations have led to the displacement of the local indigenous communities and the detriment of the forests and rivers surrounding Nueva Vizcaya, including the reduced water supply for domestic use of families around the mine.
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