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[Press Release] Protesters bring disaster-risks issues to DENR, Urges environment office to drop Tampakan mining project -ATM

Protesters bring disaster-risks issues to DENR
Urges environment office to drop Tampakan mining project

Manila –”Before another natural disaster ravages our country and destroy lives and properties, we are strongly reminding DENR to intensify efforts to conserve our environment”, said Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) during a rally of more than 200 people in front of the DENR yesterday.

Carrying images of actual disasters in the past, civil society groups and indigenous peoples from mining-affected communities reminded DENR on the tragedies caused by mining. These included the Marcopper tragedy in 1995 in Marinduque, the Rapu-rapu spill in 2006 in Albay, and more recently, the Padcal tailings spill in Benguet.

Garganera also said that the DENR should be the first government agency one to recognize that our environment is already in a state of diminishing capacity to protect communities from natural disasters.

Strong reminder
Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC) Executive Director Miguel Magalang supported the protest and reminded DENR to learn from the Marcopper Tragedy.

“Marinduque was mined for more than two decades but when they left, they gave us nothing but the legacy of the worst mining tragedy in the country. And the destructions that the island experienced 17 years ago are still being felt today and in fact would still be faced by generations to come,” Magalang said.

Magalang also expressed that a moratorium on mining in the country should have been issued since then, “but what happened? Mining was promoted by the government and we experienced more dam leakages and over-spill. What is happening now in Padcal, Benguet is a reiteration of a failed capacity of the government to ensure safety in mining projects in the country.”

Do we need more?
The groups also brought placards denouncing the Tampakan mining project and proclaimed that it is a ‘disaster waiting to happen.’

“This is our problem with the government, how come they do not understand that Tampakan is a very dangerous project,” said Khevin Yu, campaign officer of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).

“In the middle of heightened risk to floods and extra-ordinary monsoon rains, coupled with the series of earthquakes in Visayas and Mindanao, the government is unalarmed of a mining project lying above a fault-line and situated near a volcano, this kind of approach will further aggravate risk and exposure of communities to calamities and climate change impacts ” he added.

The protest is part of the Anti-mining solidarity week of Alyansa Tigil Mina and other environmental organizations and human rights advocates pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

Last Monday, the group launched a rally in front of Congress calling for higher budget towards nature conservation. Another protest was staged in front of Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, during the opening of the International Mining Conference organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.

Alyansa Tigil Mina 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.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator – nc@alyansatigilmina.net, 09277617602
Farah Sevilla – ATM policy and advocacy officer – policy@alyansatigilmina.net, 0915-3313361
Edel S. Garingan – communications@alyansatigilmina.net; 0922-8918972

ATM Press Release
Sept. 19, 2012

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[In the news] Diggings photos of SM Baguio spark protest among environmentalists | Sun.Star

Diggings photos of SM Baguio spark protest among environmentalists | Sun.Star.

March 30, 2012

PHOTOS of diggings inside the property of retail giant SM recently caused uproar among protesters and environmentalists opposing its planned mall expansion which will endanger 182 pine and alnus trees at Luneta Hill.

This prompted the Save 182 movement to come up with Earth Hour protests to jumpstart its call for a nationwide boycott of the popular mall chain.

Dubbed as Boycott SM Day, heeding the call of the BaguioBenguet bishop to boycott the mall until it reconsiders its expansion project, the group planned to coincide the activity with the annual observance of Earth Hour.

Karlo Altomonte of the Save 182 Movement said aside from switching off the lights for an hour on March 31, the group will show it cares enough about the planet and the children’s future by not patronizing SM.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] National Commission on Indigenous Peoples stops Mankayan drilling | Sun.Star

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples stops Mankayan drilling | Sun.Star.

By Ma. Elena Catajan
March 15, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. (FSGRI), a subsidiary of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC), was ordered by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to stop its drilling operations at Barangay Tabio, Madaymen, Mankayan, Benguet.

The NCIP released its decision Tuesday, granting a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) to members of “Teeng Di Mankayan,” the group which filed the request at the IP body.

NCIP hearing officer Brain Masweng, in a three-page decision, ordered the 20-day TRO to stop all drilling under the ancestral land domain of the plaintiffs.

The NCIP noted only the Teeng Di Mankayan filed its position paper in court while nothing was given by the company.

A summary hearing is set on March 27 to decide on the application for an injunction by the group of landowners.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] Baguio City answers Writ of Kalikasan attacks | Sun.Star

Baguio City answers Writ of Kalikasan attacks | Sun.Star.

By JM Agreda
Thursday, February 9, 2012

THE City Government of Baguio has finally replied to the Writ of Kalikasan petition filed at the Supreme Court by several residents of Tuba, Benguet.

The reply was prepared by the City Legal Office with City Legal Officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes leading the three-man team that drafted the answer of the city last February 3.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan told reporters Wednesday that the city has been complying with the Supreme Court’s order not to use the Irisan dumpsite.

He said the city has enumerated in the reply the different actions the city has undergone to observe R.A. 9003 including the proper operation of the Irisan dumpsite including also its adherence to other environmental laws.

The reply also explained the actions made by the City Government and its officials to ensure the safety of the Irisan facility including its environmental impacts as opposed to claims of the petitioners.

Domogan said they have made several infrastructure measures such as the construction of the retaining wall in 2010 to protect the inert garbage from spilling over to nearby communities.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] Militants back Bakun folk vs mine exploration in Benguet | Sun.Star

Militants back Bakun folk vs mine exploration in Benguet | Sun.Star.

MINING explorations in Benguet are continuously criticized by various non-government organizations due to its adverse effects to the environment, community health and to the indigenous peoples.

Gabriela–Inabuyog and the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) are among the NGOs that strongly condemn large scale mining operations.

They now set their sights on Royalco, Philippines’ explorations in Bakun, Benguet.

Members of the Bakun Aiwanan organization under CPA are protesting the mining exploration of the company at Sitio Bagta-ngan, Gambang [Phase 3] of the municipality.

Community members started picketing the exploration site since March 14 up to present.

Bakun Aiwanan representative, Dominga Gaspar, explained the Royalco explored and still operating at Proper Gambang (Phase 1) because the company keeps on renewing their license to operate.

Royalco also explored the boundary of Bakun and Mankayan which they called phase 2 but at present the operation ceased.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[Appeal] Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Dear CGIP Friends,

We would also like to appeal for any help you can extend to our kababayans who were affected by the recent typhoons. Here are the updates as of 10 am today: affected barangays-110, families – 2,195, Persons – 10,430 (M- 5,130 and F-5,300). totally damaged houses – 139. partially damaged houses- 2,120. 4 dead and 21 injured. there are now 7 evacuation centers (located in Banaue, Lamut and Hungduan). majority of the roads are still impassable due to landslides and collapsed bridges. Food, medicines, fuel and basic necessities are very much needed.  We have drop off sites for donations in kind which are as follows:

Manila: office of the Phil. Assoc. for Intercultural Development (PAFID) at 71 Malakas Street, Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1101. Tel. (632) 927-4580; (632) 928-6267. Please look for Ms. Marge or Jay-R.

**collection of donations will be until Sunday, Oct 9

Baguio: Human Resource Development Office, UP Baguio, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City. Kindly look for Ma’am Maan Diaz.

**collection of donations will be until Saturday, Oct. 8

Thanks to PAFID and UP Baguio for joining us in this initiative.

Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) is also temporarily converting their GCash Donor account into a Relief Donation venue for Ifugao. Text: DONATE (amount) MPIN CORDI and send to 2882.

For other cash donations, we will be sending the details by tomorrow at the latest.

Thanks and we’ll keep you posted.

From: Robeliza Halip [robieleeza@gmail.com]

[In the news] Benguet regulates pesticide disposal | Sun.Star

Benguet regulates pesticide disposal | Sun.Star.

LA TRINDAD, Benguet – Disposal of empty pesticide containers here is being regulated to save more lives.

An ordinance mandating proper collection and disposal of empty containers within the province has been pending in the provincial board seeking final approval.

Known as the empty pesticide container management ordinance, it involves the triple rinsing of empty containers by farmers themselves, collection and disposal by distributors, dealers and agrochemical companies in cooperation with the Provincial Government.

Read full article @ sunstar.com.ph (Link above)

[In the news] Kibungan folks assail NPA tag by mine firm – baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph

by Jimmy Laking

Source: http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph
Barangay officials and community residents of Palina in Kibungan, Benguet have denounced a statement attributed to a mining company that tended to link villagers to the rebel group New People’s Army.

“This is damaging to the integrity and reputation of the community,” the officials said in a resolution addressed to Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, the provincial board, and the Philippine National Police.

The resolution was signed by barangay officials led by punong barangay Deliano Faustino and by officers of the Palina Indigenous Peoples and Community Association led by its president, Jose Gallano.

The barangay officials called on the PNP to investigate the “truth or falseness” of the statement attributed to the mining company.

The barangay officials said the statement was contained in a comment furnished by the company, through its legal counsel, Atty. Rodrigo Kito, to the municipal circuit trial court of Kapangan.

The barangay officials said Kito, in the comment, described Barangay Palina as “known to be an NPA infested area.”

In their resolution, the barangay officials and IPO officials denied knowledge of NPA presence in their community and that it is peaceful and free from the presence of NPAs.

They added they felt bad towards the statement because it tended to describe their place as a NPA haven and its residents protectors of the outlawed organization.

The barangay officials said Da Gama Minerals, Inc. or Kito have no authority to declare the barangay as infested with NPAs.

The company has filed charges for theft, robbery, and malicious mischief against several Palina residents after they prevented a mining crew from its attempt to bring equipment for exploration work in the community last year.

The people’s organization responded by filing a complaint for damages at the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

The IPO has ruled out sitting down with the company to settle the cases out of court if the condition is to allow the company to continue with its exploration.

Galiano said the community has remained firm in its opposition to exploration and to any mining activity in the area.