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[Press Release] Filipino Protesters Troop to Canadian Embassy to Demand Re-Export of Illegal Garbage Shipments -EcoWaste Coalition

Photo from EcoWaste Coalition FB page

Makati City/Quezon City. One week after President Rodrigo Duterte issued an ultimatum to the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citizen protesters led by the EcoWaste Coalition trooped to the Canadian Embassy in Makati City to demand the immediate re-export of Canada’s overstaying wastes in the country to their origin.

Unmindful of the scorching heat of the sun, the protesters wielded a big banner reading “Canada: Comply with the Basel Convention. Take back your garbage now,” as well as placards stressing “No more promises” and “Philippines is not a dumpsite.”

The protesters brought a faux shipping container bedecked with trash representing the 103 containers of mis-declared garbage exports from Canada that arrived in batches at the Port of Manila from 2013 to 2014. They also blew whistles to tell Trudeau that “time is up” for Canada’s waste dumping.

“We have patiently waited for years for Prime Minister Trudeau to make good on his promise to resolve this long-running dumping controversy,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“When he first came to Manila in 2015, he said a ‘Canadian solution’ is being developed to address the issue, and when he returned in 2017, he said ‘it is now theoretically possible to get (the wastes) back.’ It’s now second quarter of 2019 and the Canadian wastes are still rotting here,” she said.

“We are fed up of failed promises. Now is the time for Canada to announce when exactly are they taking back their garbage in compliance to its obligations under the Basel Convention. The wastes have nowhere to go but Canada where the wastes have to be processed and treated in an environmentally responsible way,” she insisted.

In insisting on Canada’s responsibility to repossess their garbage, the EcoWaste Coalition cited a freshly-issued legal opinion by lawyers at the Victoria BC-based Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (CELL) “that Canada has violated the Basel Convention in respect of the transboundary movements of wastes from Canada to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014.”

As the 14th Basel Convention Conference of the Parties will start today, April 29, in Geneva, Switzerland, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the Canadian government to publicly announce the take-back date and plan for its dumped wastes in the Philippines to demonstrate its commitment to the treaty and its treaty obligations.

To prevent future illegal dumping in any country, the group called on both Canada and the Philippines to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which aims to protect “developing countries in controlling imports of hazardous and other wastes they were unable to manage in an environmentally sound manner but continued to receive.”

To recall, the EcoWaste Coalition wrote for nth time to Trudeau on January 30, 2019 reminding him that “the dumping of Canadian wastes in the Philippines is immoral and illegal,” and further urging his government to “provide a clear and definite date by which it will repatriate its garbage so that this protracted ordeal can finally be promptly ended. “

On February 11, nine Canadian and international environmental and human rights organizations wrote to Trudeau to back the latest appeal made by the EcoWaste Coalition. They requested him to ensure the expeditious return to Canada of the wastes illegally exported from Canada, and dumped in the Philippines, as is required by the Basel Convention, and to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment.

On April 15, RightOnCanada, Canadian Environmental Law Association, IPEN, Basel Action Network, and the EcoWaste Coalition asked Trudeau to act on the legal opinion prepared by CELL, stop violating the Basel Convention and take back the wastes.

On April 23, Duterte lambasted Canada for its inaction. “They better pull that thing out or I will set sail to Canada and dump their garbage there,” he said, threatening “war” against Canada over the unsettled trash dumping. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on April 25, further emphasized that the government’s stance against Canada’s garbage was “non-negotiable.”

To recall, 103 container vans of mixed garbage from Canada, wrongly declared as scrap plastics for recycling, entered the port of Manila in 2013-2014. The Bureau of Customs intercepted the illegal shipments upon notification by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

According to the DENR, the garbage shipments are in violation of DENR Administrative Order 2013-22, which states that “no importation of heterogenous and unsorted plastic materials shall be allowed” and that “all plastics shall have no traces of toxic materials.”

As per the waste analysis and characterization study conducted by the DENR in 2014, approximately 64 percent of the intercepted Canadian garbage shipments were “baled municipal solid waste or garbage destined for immediate local disposal and cannot be recycled.”

In 2015, wastes from 26 of the 103 containers were illegally disposed of at a private landfill in Tarlac province angering officials and citizens. The remaining containers are sitting at the ports of Manila and Subic.

Today’s protest action at the Canadian Embassy drew the participation of activists from the EcoWaste Coalition, Aksyon para sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima, Nagkakaisang Lakas ng mga Mangangalakal sa Longos, Samahan ng mga Mangangalakal ng Scrap sa Capulong, and Sarilaya Pilipinas.

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[Statement] Human Rights Watch on the $40 million military aid

“The $40 million military aid that US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to the Philippines is restricted to maritime security assistance and counter-terrorism training for the police in Mindanao. We note that none of it will go to the Philippine Army, a traditional recipient of US foreign military financing – and there’s a reason for that. The US Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department each agree that the Philippines Army is implicated in abuses, past and even present, and continues to enjoy impunity since the government has not established any significant record of prosecuting human rights violations. This new military aid package reflects that consensus.”

“The Obama administration agrees that the Philippine Army should not get any major assistance. There’s a pending draft legislation in the US Congress that would restrict all major assistance to the army. Aside from that, there’s an existing hold on $3 million of annual financial military assistance to the Philippines as a result of the government’s failure to address these abuses.”

John Sifton
Asia Advocacy Director
Human Rights Watch


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Members of Civil Society, Faith based organizations and Human Rights Defenders working against destructive mining in the country are launching a campaign dubbed “TAO MUNA HINDI MINA!”. It is a campaign to assert that government as duty bearer should uphold human rights and protect the environment, and should conduct its affairs consistent with human rights standards and principles.
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is about looking at things differently, breaking the whole into its parts to understand each piece that makes the whole, then putting them again together as a new construction. It’s simply a way of thinking, of knowing and of understanding. The posts here are critical, reflexive and constructive attempts of life discourse – an exercise of being academic, political, apolitical, sometimes cynical and skeptic, theoretical, simple or unusual. This blog attempts to contribute to human understanding of their life realities by examining things in their social world with a different lense – deconstruction for reconstruction of knowledge.

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Protecting the biodiversity and natural resources of Sibuyan Island (known as the Galapagos of Asia) through sustainable programs and social media, Galicha has been serving as executive director[7] of Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc. (Sibuyan ISLE) since 2007. His group, Sibuyanons Against Mining (SAM) successfully campaigned against nickel mining giant BHP Billiton and lobbied for the suspension of mineral extraction of a Canada-based mining company being operated by a Filipino corporation.[8][9] He also helped the Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM) in a successful campaign against a Canada-based mining giant Ivanhoe.[10] He also helped organize Mining Action Philippines – Australia (MAP-Oz), a mining watchdog based in Australia.

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[Blog] Visa Rejection: Questions to the Canadian Government By Jose Mario De Vega

Visa Rejection: Questions to the Canadian Government
By Jose Mario De Vega

I am writing with regard to the exchange of messages between Faizi and Nele concerning the fact that our Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Alliance “has taken knowledge of at least two visa rejections by Canadian embassies”. This is a serious matter that demands our attention.

Mario De Vega

Worst, the people whole visa were rejected are confirmed delegates that are accredited to the CBD meetings.

Indeed, “this is not only unfair for the persons involved, this is also against the principles of the Convention, as the participation of indigenous peoples, local communities and civil society in general is crucial to CBD decision making.”

Said Convention is an “Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Concerning the Headquarters of the Convention Secretariat (E101442 – CTS 1996 No. 28)”.

The agreement was signed by Robert Fowles for the Government of Canada and Elizabeth Dowdesswell for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on October 25, 1996.

I would like to add and deeply stress that, the act of Canada in rejecting the visa application of this people is not only unjust, but undeniably absurd and utterly preposterous!

The Canadian government specifically violated Article 8 (1) and (2) which specifically and expressly provided that:

Access to the Premises of the Secretariat

The competent Canadian authorities shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the Premises of the Secretariat of representatives of Parties to the Convention, observers, experts on missions, or other persons invited by the Secretariat thereto on official business.

Visas, where required, for persons referred to in paragraph 1, shall be issued by the Government free of charge and as promptly as possible.

I am wondering what is the ground or the reason behind the rejection of the visa application! It is clear that those delegates were confirmed and checked by CBD, hence what more evidence does the Canadian government need?

The status and background of those individuals are beyond dispute and their business in Canada is clearly spelt out, hence again what are the reasons or the ground relied upon by the authorities in deciding for their visa rejection?

Indeed, CBD state parties are “committed under the CBD to promote the participation of indigenous and local communities, who live as directly dependent on customary use of biodiversity and its regeneration, not having much private monetary resources.”

I share Ville-Veikko’s view that:

“When indigenous representatives would participate to contribute to wider application of their knowledge, innovations and practices of their customary sustainable use of biodiversity, they are required first to prove such private monetary income or property, which fulfills the standards of modern over-consuming life – even if their participation would have been covered by supporting organisations and recommended by the CBD.

“As the participation of indigenous and local communities is crucial for the CBD process, commitments or meetings like WG8J, it is necessary that the costs of their participation can be covered by other facilitating instances or organisations – including CBD Alliance.

“If this is not respected, then:

“How would international community promote wider application of the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous communities’ sustainable life if it controls such communities’ international access and sharing by such procedures, standards, requirements or privileges of the mainstream, which remain alien to indigenous cultures and discriminate against their less over-consuming sustainable life?”

Our CBD coordinator, Ms. Nele Marien is totally in point when she pointed out that:

“Excluding certain groups from assisting to the meetings, especially those directly involved, would render the CBD less democratic.

“Therefore, the CBD Alliance wishes to formally raise this issue.”

As the CBD Chairperson Faizi said:

“This is indeed a serious issue and a glaring violation of the host country agreement to provide access (i.e. visa) to all bona fide participants. This issue was also raised in the final INC CBD meeting where Kenya, Spain and Canada were competing for the CBD Headquarter, when many of us argued in favour of Kenya for easy access (visa) and low expense, but Canada had its way…argued that visas would be unfaling in coming for bona fide participants.”

Undeniably, Canada has violated the said agreement which has been agreed upon by all relevant parties in good faith.

Second, they also breached the promise that they made: visa would be given to those who are bona fide participants.

Faizi continued that said convention was “legally agreed in the host country agreement (between the government of Canada and the United Nations). I had sent a copy of the agreement to this list some 4-5 years ago when such an issue cropped up”.

I overwhelmingly concur with the Chairperson that:

1. We should take this crucial and important issue with the President of CBD Bureau, ES, and the Canadian CBD focal point and the Canadian foreign ministry.

2. We must also register a firm protestation and strong complaint to the credentials committee of the SBSTTA, 8j meetings.

3. Needless to state, we must promptly issue a public statement to denounce this unjust and unfair act of the Canadian government.

4. Besides all of these actions, we can also bring a civil suit to the local court to demand for justice and/or apology.

Indeed, visa rejection in violation of the host country agreement is a global public issue therefore we all must strongly and firmly condemn this as one, because an unjust act committed to one of our delegate is the same as an unjust act committed to all of us!

We must all act on this in order for this kind of horrible event not to happen again in the future!

Lastly, I agreed with the sharp observation of the Chairperson that:

“This once again reinforces the argument that multilateral events should not be held in countries that a) ask bona fide delegates to prove that they will not stay in that country as illegal emigrant, b) face high security threat so that every visa applicant has to prove that h/she is not a terrorist…
“Indeed there are plenty of countries in the world that are delegate friendly, low cost and having good infrastructure.”

This is a shame to Canada and they have to do the right thing. They have to acknowledge their mistake, apologize to CBD and approve without question those visas that they unjustly and discriminately rejected!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega


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[Blog] Are they afraid with the Power of the Mask? Or are they afraid with the Power of the People? by Jose Mario De Vega

Are they afraid with the Power of the Mask? Or are they afraid with the Power of the People?

Mario De Vega

I refer to “Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime: Maximum 10-year prison term for conviction of new offence” by Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, June 19th with regard to Canada’s new law banning the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly.

Indeed, wearing a mask during those situations stated above is wrong, yet what is wrong in wearing a mask in a political rally, public assembly or people’s demonstration?

According to the reports:

“A bill that bans the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence with a conviction of the offence became law today.

Bill C-309, a private member’s bill introduced by Conservative MP Blake Richards in 2011, passed third reading in the Senate on May 23 and was proclaimed law during a royal assent ceremony in the Senate this afternoon.

“Richards, MP for Wild Rose, Alta., said the bill is meant to give police an added tool to prevent lawful protests from becoming violent riots, and that it will help police identify people who engage in vandalism or other illegal acts. The bill is something that police, municipal authorities and businesses hit hard by riots in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and other cities in recent years, were asking for, according to Richards.”

According to the statement released by Richards:

“The provisions of my bill are effective immediately, which means police officers across Canada now have access to these tools to protect the public from masked rioters…”


I condemn to the utmost the macheavellian method used in enacting this sinister law which unmistakably will lead to the stifling of the people’s civil rights and undoubtedly shall lead to the grave violation of the citizen’s constitutional rights!

On behalf of humanity and all freedom-loving people of the world, let me issue my objections to this ‘law’.

I am opposed to this law on two grounds, namely the procedural and substantive aspect.

On the procedural aspect, let me state that I am against this law by virtue of the incontestable fact that it is a redundancy. The present Criminal Code existing has already includes a section about “wearing disguises while committing a crime.”

Given the said premise, now the pertinent question to this section is: what is the purpose that will be served by this new law which is already filled up or satisfied or covered up by the earlier law?
Hence, there is no shadow of doubt that this new law is utterly unnecessary and an extreme exercise in stupid superfluity.

I am also opposed to this law because originally the proposed penalty is only up to five years, “but the House of Commons justice committee amended it and doubled the penalty to up to 10 years in prison for committing the offence.”


Did the so-called House of Commons justice committee conducted wide consultations and extensive public hearings to notify the general population with regard to this law and the committee’s act of raising or doubling the penalty for violation thereof?

It is my vehement and firm view that the absence of an extensive public hearing to notify and educate the public will render this law a suspect in its objective and distrustful to its true aim.

There is no shadow of doubt that the process in passing this legislation is arbitrary, capricious and anti-democratic. The Legislature has committed a fatal and glaring error in public policy and that is by-passing the people in advancing this measure.

Michael Byers, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia and a board member of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said that:

“Any law that infringes upon civil liberties needs to be held to a test of absolute necessity, and I don’t think that test has been met in this instance…”

Though, Mr. Byers has testified at the Commons justice committee I have strong doubts whether the members of the committee has put into consideration Mr. Byers’ viewpoints.

I concur with the said political scientist that “freedom of expression was not properly factored into the design of the bill and that its measures could deter acts of political expression.”

On this ground alone, it is my consider view that the said law is utterly unconstitutional, null and void! Indeed, this is void ab initio!

On the substantive aspect, which in my view is the most important ground, let me state that I am against this rubbish law by virtue of the fact that its aim is not the promotion of the public good but the suppression of the people’s rights to their privacy and political expression.

There is indeed a dangerous tendency to the said law. It could be a subject of abuse by the law-enforcer.

I concur with James Stribopoulos, an associate professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall law school, who told the MPs on the House justice committee “that it could result in police preemptively arresting lawful protesters who happen to be wearing masks.”

In such a case, what would be the recourse of a legitimate protester?

Further, the new measure, undeniably “creates a new Criminal Code offence that makes it illegal to wear a mask or otherwise conceal your identity during a riot or unlawful assembly.
Exceptions can be made if someone can prove they have a “lawful excuse” for covering their face such as religious or medical reasons.”

There is no iota of doubt that this stupid law, far from noble is a venomous attack to silence dissent and to discourage popular assembly.

The so-called “royal assent” will not cure the irremediable defects of the law! That law is illegal, immoral and utterly against the very interest of the public!

Hence, on this utterly important ground, I also consider the said law in contravention of the Constitution!

Further, I overwhelmingly agree with civil liberties advocates’ argument that “the measures could create a chilling effect on free speech and that peaceful protesters can unintentionally find themselves involved in an unlawful assembly.”

Lastly, how could said law and civil liberties be reconciled? Or to put it in another manner: how the said draconian law will be reconciled with the constitutional rights of the citizens?

It is a well-entrenched rule of universal constitutional law, sanctioned and recognized by international convention that if a law or a rule or a statute or a measure is in contradiction or in direct violation of the constitution, said law or rule or statute or measure shall be declared invalid and ineffective, by virtue of its being unconstitutional!

Finally, the law is also illegal for being biased and discriminatory.

The stupid law is compelling demonstrators, activists, protesters, etc. not to wear any masks; then why the hell those policemen are wearing gas mask?

The rubbish law is prohibiting demonstrators, activists, protesters from concealing their identities; then how about those bastard policemen who are not wearing their respective identification cards?


I call upon the Canadian people to question before the highest court of the law the legality, propriety and constitutionality of this measure!


I also call upon them to continue to fight and exercise their right: go out and demonstrate, with or without the masks. THAT IS YOUR RIGHT!!!

To the Canadian government

Fear not that the people are wearing masks, rather fear and be scarred at the collective power of the people, because they can overthrow you all, with or without the masks.

Do I have to remind you that, in the final analysis: it is the power of the people that will undeniably determine everything!

Hence: You have been warned! Watch out and beware!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy lecturer
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

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[Announcement] PIHRTPA 4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) Call for Applications 2012

Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni(PIHRTPA), Inc.

4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Call for Applications 2012!!

The Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA or Equitas Alumni for brevity) has the honor to invite human rights defenders to apply for the 4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) which will be held from November 5 – 12, 2012 inTagaytay (exact venue will be announced soon).

The NHRTP is the annual core program of PIHRTPA in the Philippines. PIHRTPA is composed of human rights educators/activists trained by Montreal-based Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education through its annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP). Equitas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1967 dedicated to the promotion of human rights through education in Canada and around the world. Equitas’ annual IHRTP helps organizations build their capacity to engage in human rights education, promotion and democratic development. A product of Equitas’ annual IHRTP, PIHRTPA was established in the Philippines in 2005 with a framework of building a culture of human rights.

This year, PIHRTPA will hold the 4th national roll out of IHRTP through the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP). This Program, which uses a Spiral Methodology of Learning in conducting human rights education/training activities will bring together twenty (20) human rights workers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its goal is to increase participants’ knowledge of international human rights laws and its mechanisms, domestic laws, legal remedies, and engage in critical reflection and inquiry and apply the same in their human rights education work, and discuss the role of human rights education in building a culture of human rights in their region, to share strategies and best practices and to encourage networking.
Participants leave at the end of the intensive one-week program with a plan for implementing a human rights education activity within their own organization applying their knowledge and skills learned. Participants may undertake its own follow-up activities such as human rights training sessions based on the NHRTP module and the development of new programs and long-term partnerships to strengthen human rights education and democratic development with PIHRTPA and other participating organizations at the regional levels.
The selection process and participant profile we are looking for are described below. The Selection Committee gives priority to the organizations best able to demonstrate their commitment and effectiveness in relation to human rights promotion and education. Consideration is also given to overall gender balance.
Through the support of the Embassy of Canada and Equitas, selected participants will be awarded bursaries to help cover the accommodationand travel costs of the program i.e. Plane fare and Bus fare going to, and from the Training venue. Transportation expenses from residence to bus terminals /airport, etc. shall be shouldered by the participants’ respective organizations as counterpart.

Application forms are available at the Secretariat at pinoyihrtpalumni@yahoo.comor contact Tel. No./Fax No. 4333199 and mobile number 09058610879. You may email or fax your completed application form with the required documents to the Secretariat.

The deadline for receiving applications by email or fax is on or before August 24, 2012.

The Secretariat
4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA), Inc.
c/o 401-B CRM Building, No. 106 Kamias, Q.C. 1101
Who can participate?

The training course will involve people who work on human rights issues through human rights education and advocacy
Participant will be selected and invited to participate in consultation with alumni from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, according to the following criteria:

• Must be at least in his/her two years of human rights work.
• Has not been able to attend any training on international human rights instruments;
• Active participation in human rights education activities in their respective areas of work;
• Willingness and commitment to take and apply to her/his organization the human rights education skills that will be learned during the training and in frequent coordination with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni; and,
• Has exhibited a sphere of influence in their respective areas to make a difference.

Checklist of Requirements to be submitted:
• Completed Application Form with endorsement letter from Supervisor or Employer
• A recommendation letter from any NGO or PO
• Individual Plan on HRE session
• A Memorandum of Agreement with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni will be sent to those who will be selected for the implementation of Individual Plan

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[In the news] Pagmimina sa 2 bayan sa Batangas, pinangangambahang matuloy -dzmm.com.ph

Pagmimina sa 2 bayan sa Batangas, pinangangambahang matuloy
By dzmm.com.ph
February 6, 2012

Pinangangambahan ng isang anti-mining group maging ng Lipa Archdiocese ang posibilidad na matuloy ang pagmimina sa dalawang bayan sa Batangas.

Depensa naman ng kumpanya, marami pa silang pagdadaanan para makapagdesisyon ang mga kinauukulan.

Taong 2010 pa umano interesado ang Asian Arc Mining Corporation mula Canada na magmina sa Taysan, Batangas.

Tapos na ang exploration at pinag-aaralan na nila kung puwedeng isagawa ang pagmimina sa apat na barangay na sinasabing sagana sa copper.

Apatnaraang metrikong tonelada ng copper ang inaasahang makukuha sa pagmimina at higit 400 residente rin umano ang inaasahang mabibigyan ng trabaho.

Read full article @ dzmm.abs-cbnnews.com

[In the news] Final draft of mining policy ready by end Feb – Aquino – InterAksyon.com

Final draft of mining policy ready by end Feb – Aquino
by Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com
January 26, 2012

  MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III said the final draft of the government’s mining policy should be ready by the end of February.

Aquino made the announcement during the question and answer portion of the Arangkada Philippines Forum Thursday afternoon attended by the presidents of the chambers of commerce of the United States, Australia-New Zealand, Canada, European Union, Japan and South Korea.

The new policy aims to find a balance between mineral extraction and the environment and the economy.

Among those involved in the crafting of the policy are presidential adviser on environment protection Nereus Acosta, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, and presidential assistant on climate change Elisea Gozun.

Read full article @ www.interaksyon.com

[Press Release] Local officials laud mine exploration withdrawal – ATM

Tablas Island, Romblon – Local officials and residents in Tablas Island yesterday lauded the withdrawal of mining exploration application of Ivanhoe Philippines in the province of Romblon.

In a letter dated September 30, 2011 to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Ivanhoe Philippines President Leo S. Deiparine stated that there had been a consensus decision by the board of the company to withdraw its applications ”based on Tablas as a low priority exploration target for Ivanhoe Philippines and the strong opposition of the local politicians for the approval of our applications”. Ivanhoe Philippines is a subsidiary of Canada-based Ivanhoe Mines.

“It is indeed the unity & strong opposition of the people of Romblon against mining which resulted to the withdrawal of the application for exploration permit of Ivanhoe Philippines. This is a giant step towards a mining-free Romblon,” declared lone district of Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona. Madrona said he received a letter dated Sept. 23, 2011, from MGB-IVB Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus about the withdrawal.

Madrona recently filed House Bill 4815 titled ‘An Act Declaring the Province of Romblon a Mining Free Zone and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof’.

Meanwhile, Romblon Governor Eduardo Firmalo shared the same sentiment. “The power of the people and the political will of the leaders with the help of the civil society and religious sector clearly manifest the strong position of the province. We will continue to defend the right of our people to a balanced and healthy ecology,” he said.

Gov. Firmalo earlier issued Executive Order No. 1 imposing an indefinite ban on metallic mining in the province.

Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM), through its covenors Roman Catholic priest Msgr. Nonato Ernie V. Fetalino,, and Philippine Independent Church Bishop Ronelio Fabriquer, however, stressed that ”this victory of the people is just the beginning, the challenge to protect our islands is a life-long commitment”. He added that they are in the middle of a spiritual battle against greed and corruption. “We shall continue to defend the integrity of creation and human rights”, he concluded.

The ecumenical group further called for the scrapping of the Mining Act of 1995 and the passage of a new mining law to rationalize the minerals industry, protect and promote human rights and establish No-Go Zones, based on alternative minerals management bills lodged in congress.

Jaybee Garganera, National Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), lauded the victory of the people of Romblon saying ‘the genuine commitment and struggle of the people led to the shortest advocacy campaign being supported by ATM, and one that went against a large Canadian company. If the province of Romblon can do it, the local government units and communities in other parts of the country resisting this destructive industry can now stand up more proudly to assert their power to decide.’

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.

Pearl Harder, REFAM – pearl_harder@yahoo.com / (0917) 592.79.32
Office of Gov. Eduardo Firmalo – romblongov@gmail.com / (0919) 991.73.30
Jaybee Garganera, ATM – nc@alyansatigilmina.net / (0927) 761.76.02