[From the web] Farmers in MacArthur Leyte demand stop to mining as main canal is destroyed | ATM

Farmers in MacArthur Leyte demand stop to mining as main canal is destroyed

Farmers in MacArthur Leyte demanded that mining by MacArthur Iron Projects Corporation (MIPC) be stopped as they lamented how they lost their livelihood for a year now as the mining company destroyed the main canal and caused water to overflow in the farmlands.

The farmers testified before lawyers of the National Irrigation Authority who visited the mining site to inspect the canal, which the mining company earlier denied they destroyed.

Photo by ATM

“Ang gusto po naming ay kung anong nasira ng mina ay dapat ibalik sa dating itsura. Tapos, dapat bayaran ang mga taong nasiraan ng pamumuhay dahil isang taon na kaming hindi nakakapagtanim. Ayaw naming sa mina, kasi imbes na maganda ang aming ani, ito’y nasisira,” said Patrocenia Rael of Unahin Lagi ang Diyos (UNLAD), an organization of farmers and fisherfolk.

The inspection by NIA happened on March 10, which coincided with the enactment of the Mining Act of 1995 twenty-seven years ago. Members of Alyansa Tigil Mina held a protest action at the DENR yesterday demanding a repeal of the Mining Act and holding the Duterte administration accountable for its pro-mining policies. Simultaneous creative actions in Sites of Struggles (Sos) were also undertaken.

Contact person:
Rhoda Viajar – 09178250346

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.