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[Press Release] Group challenges PNoy to side with victims of human rights abuses and environment destruction and not with the greedy few -SOS YB

Group challenges PNoy to side with victims of human rights abuses and environment destruction and not with the greedy few
Demands Government to prioritize the scrapping of Mining Act of 1995 and the legislation of AMMB as urgent in his SONA

 

Jaybee Garganera of Alyansa Tigil Mina during SOS YB network picket at MGB as part of the Green March 2014. Photo by ATM

As part of the week-long pre-SONA campaign expressing their demands for President Benigno Aquino III (“Sa SONA: #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBisabatasNA! Campaign) to Scrap the Mining Act of 1995, rights groups and anti-mining activists staged a pre-SONA creative picket protest in front of Mining Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) compound in North Avenue, Quezon City.

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Mimicking a “Placards dance” usually seen in Football games ceremony, the group performed their own to creatively deliver to the government and to the public their demands and to reiterate the state of the peoples’ rights and environment in mining affected communities.

File Photo by Rommel Yamzon/TFDP

File Photo by Rommel Yamzon/TFDP

“We strongly demand that the Aquino administration act decisively on the issues of human rights and environment destruction. We demand government’s respect, protection and fulfillment of our peoples’ rights and protection of our environment from corporate greed and impunity,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

“Inuuli-ulit po namin ang panawagan sa pamahalaan. Dapat kalikasan at tao ang inuuna hindi ang hungkag na kinikita ng pamahalaan at interes ng mga ganid sa tubo na mga korporasyon sa pagmimina,” Amistad lamented.

“Peoples’ lives and our environment are at stake here. Our Government must act according to its obligation. Mining has failed to deliver its promises of increased revenue and benefits to the community. What kind of government will tolerate these failures at the expense of peoples’ rights and environment,” said Jaybee Garganera, National Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM).
According to reports the mining industry was only able to give the government 1% of the total GNP that led to the drafting of a mining revenue bill that will increase taxes from mining.

Garganera stressed that, “The Mining Act of 1995 or RA7942 is causing our environment and nation plunder, corruption and destruction that is equally unforgivable as DAP and PDAF. Worse like the DAP, what the government did is to recommend reforms that only prolong the much criticized ill-effects of this law to our peoples and environment. Instead of providing cure to rights violations and environmental destruction, the current mining law exacerbates the situation.”

He also said that, “We are very disappointed with government’s band-aid solutions that will not answer and provide remedy to victims of human rights abuses, natural resources exploitation and environmental degradation caused by mining that we have been reporting. We remind President Aquino that he must act for the rights and welfare of the majority of the Filipinos and not for the greedy few.”

Finally the group asked President Aquino,“How many more Glencore of Tampakan, Oceana Gold of Nueva Vizcaya, and others must our people endure before you heed and take the side of the indigenous peoples, women, farmers, and other sectors in the mining affected communities that you tagged as your Bosses?

“President Aquino, you must scrap the Mining Act of 1995 now. You must certify as urgent the Alternative Minerals Management Bill!” the group demanded. ###

Note:
The “Sa SONA: #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBisabatasNA! Campaign is initiated by members of the SOS Yamang Bayan Network. SOS YB is a network of human rights groups, green activists, women, workers and faith-based pushing for the enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

The campaign is also part of the colorful pre-SONA action tagged as July 25 GREEN MARCH calling for the passage of the three green bills, the Alternative Mineral Management Bill, Forest Resources Bill and the National Land Use Act.

For more information please contact:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0917) 549.82.18 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, (0927) 623.50.66 <checkzab@gmail.com>
Egay Cabalitan, TFDP Advocacy Staff, (0928) 844.37.17, <egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com>

PRESS RELEASE
July 25, 2014

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[Event/Campaign] Sa SONA: #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBisabatasNA!

Sa SONA: #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBisabatasNA!

Fr. Christian Buenafe, O.Carm, Co-Chairperson of TFDP

Fr. Christian Buenafe, O.Carm, Co-Chairperson of TFDP

Dear friends,

We are launching a nationwide letter barrage campaign for  the 10 point Human Rights Agenda on Mining, endorsed by different human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups and which we aim to reach President Benigno Aquino III, the two Houses of Congress and leaders of LGUs.

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We would like to invite everyone to join us on July 23, 2014 in this nationwide letter sending campaign before the coming State of the Nation Address –SONA of PNoy and the opening of Congress (July 28, 2014). The SA SONA: DAPAT TAO MUNA HINDI MINA! DAPAT AMMB ISABATAS NA! campaign objective is for the 10 Human Rights Agenda on Mining to reach PNoy and leaders of our government and register our call to end large scale mining and prioritize the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

You may also print out the Appeal Letter for sign-on in your respective areas and fax to the contact numbers of concerned Government agencies indicated below.

Please send letter to the email addresses of President Aquino and concerned government agencies indicated below.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the following:
TFDP at 4378054 or email egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com
ATM at 4403211 or email checkzab@gmail.com

The more letters we will be able to mobilize, the more we effectively register our calls.

We are also sending this to media and international partners.

WHAT TO DO?
1.    On July 23, 2014 send letter to PNoy and other concerned government agencies with the attached 10 pt. HR Agenda on Mining.
Email: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@op.gov.ph
Sample letter http://taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/sample-letter-to-pnoy/
2.    or Fax your letter (or the printed sample letter) to
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

ONLINE CAMPAIGN SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE
1.    Post the following as your FB and Twitter status and TAG President Aquino
SA SONA: DAPAT TAO MUNA HINDI MINA
DAPAT AMMB ISABATAS NA! @PresidentNoy

Or
SCRAP MINING ACT OF 1995! Certify AMMB as urgent this SONA! @PresidentNoy

Or
Share the e-poster  (https://www.facebook.com/TaoMunaHindiMina/photos/a.442845412465332.1073741827.442839565799250/658101927606345/?type=1&theater) @PresidentNoy

2.    ENDORSE THE 10 PT HR AGENDA ON MINING

Take a photo of yourself holding the paper with the slogan “SA SONA: DAPAT TAO MUNA HINDI MINA! DAPAT AMMB ISABATAS NA!” written on it, post to your FB and twitter account and TAG @PresidentNoy

Also use the hashtag #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBIsabatasNA! And don’t forget to share your post at Tao Muna Hindi Mina FB page (https://www.facebook.com/TaoMunaHindiMina) and SOS Yamang Bayan FB page (https://www.facebook.com/LikasYamanCaravan)

3.    You can also help by inviting others to do the same by sharing our posts.

4.    Join series of creative mass action on July 23-25 (For details pls contact TFDP at 4378054 or ATM at 4403211 or wait for further announcement)
Thank you.

For more information pls contact:
Egay Cabalitan, TFDP Advocacy Staff, 09288443717, egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, (0927) 623.50.66 checkzab@gmail.com

Sa SONA: Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Ipasa NA!
WEBSITE http://taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/sa-sona-dapat-tao-muna-hindi-mina-dapat-ammb-isabatas-na/
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/TaoMunaHindiMina
TWITTER @TaoMunaDiMina

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[Press Release] Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining

Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining

A week before President Benigno Aquino’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28, rights groups, environmental activists and advocates intensified their call for PNoy to act decisively on what according to them is the root cause of grave abuses on human rights and environment impacted on mining affected communities.

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They reiterated the need to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and certify as urgent the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

The group is holding a nationwide appeal addressing President Aquino, through maximizing all forms of actions, including appeal letter sending, mass actions and social networking site.  They are initiating a simultaneous and nationwide campaign which they dubbed as “Sa SONA: Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Ipasa NA!” a week before the SONA.

“Not acting on this law is a clear violation of human rights. It is submitting the peoples’ rights and welfare to corporate greed and thus promoting corporate impunity,” Jaybee Garganera, head of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) said pertaining to the Mining Act of 1995,.

“We have recorded numerous human rights abuses perpetrated by Mining Companies and human rights violations by some government personnel but the government remains numb and we received no decisive actions to address them,” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) lamented.

“The bill to increase revenue from mining that was proposed and crafted by the MICC and that was submitted to the Office of the Presidents is not enough,” Garganera added.

“Although we welcome this proposal as a development, we see it as treating issues on mining as mere income and profit concerns and neglecting the issues of rights and environment,” he added.

The group explained that, “what our country needs is a law that would benefit us as a nation in a holistic manner – rights- based , environment friendly – and not in a profiteering, greed driven and destructive way. Facing the problems in piece meal legislations will not answer and justify the destruction that the said law has caused the environment.”

“It has been exposed many times, that the Mining Act of 1995 is a law that mainly prioritizes profit for the few over the rights and welfare of the many and at the expense of our environment.  It has been proven to worsen the life of the people in the affected communities over claims and promises of progress and development,” Said Amistad.
In the middle of plunder, graft and corruption controversies in the government, the group cited that on the issue of mining, there are also alleged practices of corruption that concerned government agencies  are allegedly  involved in.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is facing charges on PDAF Scam is also the head of a political dynasty in Cagayan which has condoned and abetted the proliferation of black sand mining in the province despite repeated raids and arrests of miners with no proper permits.

“There are only two years left for President Aquino to once and for all heed the call for the scrapping of this law that causes not only too much suffering on our people but also destruction to our environment, PNoy must act now!” Amistad concluded.

PRESS RELEASE
July 19, 2014

For more information pls contact:
Egay Cabalitan, TFDP Advocacy Staff, 09288443717, egay.advocacytfdp@gmail.com
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, (0927) 623.50.66 checkzab@gmail.com

Sa SONA: Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Ipasa NA!
WEBSITE http://taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/sa-sona-dapat-tao-muna-hindi-mina-dapat-ammb-isabatas-na/
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/TaoMunaHindiMina
TWITTER @TaoMunaDiMina

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[Appeal] “Kalikasan at tao muna – hindi mina.” dahil hindi dapat tubo at kita ang inuuna sa pamamahala”

“Kalikasan at tao muna – hindi mina.” dahil hindi dapat tubo at kita ang inuuna sa pamamahala”

Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines is launching a letter barrage campaign for the 10 point Human Rights Agenda on Mining, endorsed by different human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups and which we aim to reach President Benigno Aquino III, the two Houses of Congress and leaders of LGUs.

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We would like to invite everyone to join us in this letter sending campaign before the coming State of the Nation Address –SONA of PNoy and the opening of Congress this July 2014. Our objective is for the 10 Human Rights Agenda on Mining to reach PNoy and leaders of our government and register our call to end large scale mining and prioritize the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill. You may also print out the Appeal Letter for sign-on in your respective areas and submit to TFDP office No. 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City or fax directly to the contact numbers indicated below.

Please send letter to the email addresses of President Aquino and concerned government agencies indicated below.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact TFDP at 4378054 or kindly email tfdp.1974@gmail.com.

The more letters we will be able to mobilize, the more we effectively register our calls.

We are also sending this to media and international partners.

SAMPLE LETTER

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila 1005
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80
Email: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@op.gov.ph

Dear President Aquino;

Mining has been in the national agenda for more than a decade. Your assumption into office gave hope for a policy change in mining. Unfortunately, your administration continues to aggressively promote mining as revenue-generating industry despite continued and widespread protests by mining-affected communities as well as civil society.

The State has the fundamental obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights not only for the current generation but for future generations. These trinitarian obligations govern the conduct of the State in relation to its peoples and it is by these that States are weighed and judged for their sins of commission and omission.

As the coming State of the Nation Address provides an opportunity for peoples agenda for legislation and to register the peoples issues and concerns on Mining; human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups have come together to endorse a 10 Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining to your office.

It is an agenda to challenge you as leaders in government to take up and respond to the call for an end to large-scale mining in the country and for making the Alternative Minerals Management Bill as a priority bill for legislation.

Panawagan namin sa inyo mga pinuno ng bansa, dapat pahalagahan ang “Kalikasan at Tao Muna – Hindi Mina.” Dahil hindi dapat tubo at kita ang inuuna sa pamamahala.

10 POINT HR AGENDA ON MINING

  1. SCRAP Mining Act of 1995! Enact Alternative Minerals Management Bill. The implementation of RA 7942 (Philippine Mining Act of 1995) continues the mismanagement of our mineral resources. This law is flawed in as much as it fails to recognize the rights of communities, local governments and indigenous peoples to effectively participate in deciding to accept mining or not. We need a new mining law that will promote not only the economic rights of Filipinos through a more just sharing of benefits from minerals, but also a rational way of valuing and managing our minerals towards national industrialization.
  2. Stop large scale mining. Large-scale mining permanently disturbs the ecological and natural characteristics of an area. It is the most economical and efficient method for a mining company to earn the most profits, but also introduces a wide array of potential human rights abuses and human rights violations. Large-scale mining are owned and operated by local and transnational corporations who will use deception, bribery, harassment, violence, para-military forces and even extra-judicial killings to silence and impede resistance against their mining projects. Large-scale mining operations also entail large-scale negative impacts to lives and livelihoods of mining-affected communities, including physical dislocation, unstable jobs, cultural displacement, social disintegration and environmental degradation.
  3. Respect, protect and fulfill Indigenous Peoples (IP) Rights to self determination (FPIC). One of the most serious issues against mining is the failure to secure genuine free, prior and informed consent from indigenous peoples (IPs). Almost two-thirds of titled and claimed ancestral domains are directly impacted by mining applications and operations here in the Philippines. Several cases of violations of FPIC are documented in Cordillera, Zambales, Aurora-Quezon, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon, Zamboanga, and South Cotabato, all involving mining projects. There are numerous cases in CARAGA, where overlaps of mining tenements and ancestral domains are recorded in almost all of the remaining forests in the region. The traditional customary laws and indigenous governance systems of indigenous communities are threatened as mining companies employ their divide and rule tactics, to falsely secure the FPIC requirement prescribed by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).
  4. Protect women human rights defenders and IP women in mining areas. Rural and indigenous women are at the forefront in the struggle against mining. They recognize and actually feel the adverse impacts of mining on the lives of their families and communities – food security, economic activities, social values, peace and order among others. Prostitution in the communities is one of the worsening impacts of mining. They see the fight against mining as a task that rural and indigenous women have to take on for the survival of their communities, and of themselves. This is why they have been targets of threats, harassments and killings. With Juvy Capion, B’laan leader, who was murdered in October 2012, a long list of women human rights defenders from rural and indigenous communities affected by mining has experiences of cases filed against them, receives threats against them and their families, bodily harmed, subjects of malicious gossips to discredit their leadership.
  5. Stop exploitation of workers in Mining Sites. The mining industry has not only exploited our natural resources but has continually exploited our workers. Filipino workers are exposed to extreme working conditions in mining areas where there is poor ventilation, dust, fumes and other chemical and biological danger. Aside from these, some mining companies are even using outdated procedures that further aggravate risks to its workers. Unfair labor practice is also common in mining industries. Contrary to the promise that mining in the Philippines will bring in most needed jobs, mining operations hardly translated with employment. And even when it does, jobs it generates are mostly contractual in nature. Workers in mining companies also suffer from low wages. According to the International Solidarity Mission on Mining (ISMM), large scale mining companies earn as much as P36 million for a two day work of a skilled Filipino miner who receives as low as P233 daily wage, sometimes even less than the prescribed minimum wage. Labor unions are also suppressed and prevented to organize, mining companies even organize their own “company union” to compete with the legitimate union.
  6. Protect our environment and right to safe, sound and balanced ecology. Numerous mining applications and projects are situated in the remaining forests of the Philippines. This is problematic as we only have less than 18% forest cover remaining, when an ideal percentage should be at least 50% for a good climatic regulatory function. Mining contracts currently contain provisions that give mining companies auxiliary rights to timber, water, easement within their mining areas. The massive cutting of trees and forests, diversion of water resources and intrusive construction of infrastructures imperils the sound ecology of the Philippines, including access to water for irrigation and domestic consumption. Philippine biodiversity is directly threatened as habitats are destroyed by mining. With decreasing forest cover, the Philippines is made more ill-equipped to face the climate crisis, and the poor are faced with increased risks and vulnerabilities brought by disasters such as typhoons, landslides, floods and erosions.
  7. Stop the killings! Protect Human Rights Defenders! The proliferation of mining operations in the country also heralded the killings of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the course of their stand against large-scale mining, advocacy on environment protection and human rights of people affected by the mining operations. Some of the most prominent HRDs who died were Fr. Fausto Tentorio of North Cotabato and Dr. Gerry Ortega of Palawan but there are less known HRDs who were equally courageous and suffered the same fate, such as Genesis Ambason of Agusan del Sur; Francisco Canayong of Leyte; Armin Marin of Romblon; Gensun Agustin of Cagayan; Datu Roy Bagtikan Gallego of Surigao Sur and many others. The companies’ private security agencies, the military and para-military groups are directly responsible for the killings but the owners of companies and the government are equally liable and responsible.
  8. Stop displacement of rural folks. Protect the right to food, water, housing and access to means of subsistence. Due to lack of consultations and non-disclosure of relevant information, large-scale mining have often led to forced eviction of indigenous peoples and other community residents within the permit area. Documented cases also showed that mining companies’ clearing operations have caused confusion, instilled fear, and stirred conflict in affected areas. Once the operation starts, mining poses risks to water sources not only of the impact area but also of downstream communities. Mining consumes large quantity of water and pollutes water sources which could jeopardize food production and the health of residents. Displacement of rural women renders them vulnerable to sex trafficking.
  9. Stop militarization and deployment of investment defense forces. The entry of mining in the communities has militarized the areas. Often the military is deployed and utilized to defend the interests of mining companies and to pacify peoples’ resistance. Mining companies have formed their own paramilitary forces to wreak terror and divide the communities. Militarization has brought numerous deaths and destruction, countless violations of human and peoples’ rights.
  10. Justice for all victims of mining related Human Rights Violations. Stop development aggression! Development is development aggression when the people become the victims, not the beneficiaries; when the people are set aside in development planning, not partners in development; and when people are considered mere resources for profit-oriented development, not the center of development . . . . Development aggression violates the human rights of our people in all their dimensions—economic, social, cultural, civil and political.

Endorsed by:
AKBAYAN Partylist
Anak Mindanao -AMIN Partylist
Aniban ng Mangagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA)
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)
Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP)
BAWGBUG
Coalition Against Trafficking In Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
FIAN Philippines
FIND
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC- Southern Mindanao)
Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP)
Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH.com)
Kilusan (KPD-Mindanao)
KPML
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-KSK-FOE
Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan (LMK)
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Medical Action Group (MAG)
Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC)
Partido Kalikasan (Philippine Green Party)
Partido ng Mangagawa (PM)
Partido ng Mangagawa (PM-Mindanao)
Peoples Development Institute (PDI)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)
Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI)
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)
Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK)
Pambansang Kalipunan ng mga Samahan sa Kanayunan (PKSK)
Social Action Center (SAC-Tandag Surigao Sur)
SOS Yamang Bayan Network
SALAKNIB
SANLAKAS Partylist
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
UMALAB KA Partylist
World March of Women – Pilipinas
Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND-Mindanao)
Youth for Rights (Y4R)

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila 1005
Philippines
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80
Email: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@op.gov.ph

2. Hon. Loren Legarda
Senate Committee on Natural Resources
Senate Office:
Rm. 209 GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 70 loc. 5537 to 5539
Direct Line: (632) 833-1606 / (632) 832-7627 / (632) 833-1434
Telefax No.: (632) 833-4987
Email: loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph , appointments@osl.ph
Website: http://www.lorenlegarda.com.ph

3. Hon. Matugas, Francisco “Lalo” T.
Chairperson
House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources
District Representative, Surigao Del Norte, 1st District
3/F Annex Building, House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telephone no. 9315001 local 7161,
Telefax no. 9513003
Committee Secretary – Mr. Raul G. Terso
Email: Committee on Natural Resources
http://www.congress.gov.ph/contact/popform.php?re=sendemail&to=committee&id=0526

4. Hon. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Rm. 512 GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 70 loc. 5548
Direct Lines: (632) 822-9758
Fax No.: (632) 822-9759
Email: kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.kokopimentel.org

5. Hon. Romarate, Guillermo Jr. A.
House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights
District Representative, Surigao Del Norte, 2nd District
3/F Ramon V. Mitra Buillding, House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telephone no. 9315001 local 7157,
Telefax: 9324803
Committee Secretary – Ms. Fely D. Parcon
Email: Committee on Human Rights
http://www.congress.gov.ph/contact/popform.php?re=sendemail&to=committee&id=E507

[Press Release] Anti-mining campaigners led bike tour against Ph mining law -SOS Yamang Bayan

Sikad Padyak Laban sa Mining Act 95 Photo by Susan Corpus Lilak

Sikad Padyak Laban sa Mining Act 95 Photo by Susan Corpus /Lilak

Anti-mining campaigners led bike tour against Ph mining law
Sikaran! Tadyakan! Mining Act of 1995 Wakasan!”

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Manila — Anti-mining advocates and bikers led a bike tour from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office to the Supreme Court in Manila today to highlight the negative social and environmental impacts of mining and call to repeal the Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942).

This is in relation to the upcoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments on a petition questioning the constitutionality of Sections 80 and 81 of RA 7942 and DENR Adm. Order 2007-12 that establishes the supposed income derived from Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSAs) and Financial and Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAAs) set on June 25.

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina and one of the convenors of Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Campaign said: “We would like to emphasize the need to revisit the current mining regime, present how mining activities have impacted host communities, and let the public judge if the failed promises of development are worth the social and environmental injustices caused by this destructive industry.”

Tao Muna-Hindi Mina! Campaign puts large-scale mining as a major issue that the government should respond to. It reiterates the cry of mining-affected communities for the government to prioritize people and environment over mining.

Incoming Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez also urged the Supreme Court to rule against the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995 and vowed to file the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB), a bill being pushed by SOS-Yamang Bayan Network.

The AMMB would serve to offset the negative impacts of mining on the environment, strengthen stakeholder participation in mining contracts and ensure that local communities and the government have a greater share of mining profits.

“The Supreme Court should listen to the millions of voices that are opposed to the current system of mining in the country. The current mining law has only favored the large mining companies at the expense of indigenous peoples, local governments and communities, and the environment,” Gutierrez said.

SOS-Yamang Bayan Network Coordinator Erwin Quiñones further explained: “The petitions for prohibition and mandamus were filed in March 2008 to defend the lives, dignity, livelihood, land, and environment and rights of mining-affected communities and Indigenous Peoples. We believe that we should not allow this policy to legalize the attack against our land and people. Despite our call to the Supreme Court to immediately resolve the constitutionality of Sections 80 and 81 of the Mining Law, we also question the constitutionality of the law as a whole.”

The groups are united in their call to repeal the current mining law and enactment of a pro-people, pro-environment alternative minerals management bill that will be filed as the Congress opens in July 1.

“We’re hopeful that we can pass an alternative mining bill in the incoming 16th Congress and correct the years of disastrous mining policies that came as a result of the current. Mining Act,” Gutierrez concluded.

Garganera and Quiñones spoke in behalf of communities opposing MPSAs and FTAAs in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino Provinces; and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur. The activity was organized in support of lawyers who will represent the petitioners during the Oral Arguments on June 25—a continuation of the initial hearing last April 16 held in Baguio City.

25 bikers were sent off from DENR in Visayas Ave to Supreme Court in Padre Faura Manila where they were met by a hundred rallyists. (30)

The SOS-Yamang Bayan Network is a national, multi-sectoral movement composed of individual advocates, mining-affected communities, national peoples’ alliances, environmental organizations and networks, church-based organizations, human rights organizations, national NGOs, sectoral organizations from the indigenous peoples, youth, women, farmers, congressional representatives, leaders and personalities advocating for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the enactment of a new minerals management bill.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, 0927.671.7602, nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Erwin Quiñones, SOS-YB Network Coordinator, 0921.304.4884, erwin.quiñones@lrcksk.org

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[Campaign] Tao Muna Hindi Mina 10@10am Online Campaign. Hamunin, Suriin, Piliin ang kandidato batay sa 10 pt. HR Agenda on Mining!

Tao Muna Hindi Mina 10@10am Online Campaign. Hamunin, Suriin, Piliin ang kandidato batay sa 10 pt. HR Agenda on Mining!.

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Tao Muna Hindi Mina 10@10am Campaign. Hamunin, Suriin, Piliin ang kandidato batay sa 10 pt. HR Agenda on Mining!

After the success of our Earth Day Tao Muna Hindi Mina series of actions nationwide we are continuing our efforts in asserting the 10 pt HR Agenda on Mining for the remaining days of the electoral campaign period. It’s time to maximize the online media tools to send our demands for candidates to seriously respond and commit to the 10 pt Agenda.

JOIN US IN Tao Muna Hindi Mina 10@10am Campaign. Hamunin, Suriin, Piliin ang kandidato batay sa 10 pt. HR Agenda on Mining.

Tweet 10@10am

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Twitter Address for referencw @ http://taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/tao-muna-hindi-mina-1010am-online-campaign-hamunin-suriin-piliin-ang-kandidato-batay-sa-10-pt-hr-agenda-on-mining/

1. Follow us on twitter @TaoMunaDiMina
2. Re-Tweet to candidates -the 10 pt Human Rights Agenda on Mining every 10am until the election time on May 10
3. Use the hashtags #taomunahindimina, #rightagenda or #rightvote
4. Mention the twitter name of candidates ex. @Cynthia_Villar @sonnyangara @risahontiveros

Example:
Tao at Kalikasan, hindi tubo at kita. Dahil dapat #taomunahindimina! @Cynthia_Villar @risahontiveros @inquirerdotnet Or
Tao at Kalikasan, hindi tubo at kita. Dahil dapat #taomunahindimina! @sonnyangara @risahontiveros @youscoop

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1. Like Tao Muna Hindi Mina on facebook
2. Tag candidates about the 10 pt Human Rights Agenda on Mining every 10am until the election time on May 10

For tweeter Adresses of Candidates pls visit taomunahindimina.wordpress.com

[Press Release] Gina Lopez, Ms Earth runners-up join Sibuyan, Romblon Officials’ launching of Tao Muna, Hindi Mina! Campaign

Gina Lopez, Ms Earth runners-up join Sibuyan, Romblon Officials’ launching of Tao Muna, Hindi Mina! Campaign

2012 Miss Earth Philippines runner-up Princess Manzon, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Dr. Gina Lopez, 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz and Romblon Office of the Governor Chief of Staff Ms. Trina Firmalo - all for TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign. Photo ATM.

2012 Miss Earth Philippines runner-up Princess Manzon, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Dr. Gina Lopez, 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz and Romblon Office of the Governor Chief of Staff Ms. Trina Firmalo – all for TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign. Photo ATM.

2012 Miss Earth Philippines runner-up Princess Manzon, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Dr. Gina Lopez, 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz and Romblon Office of the Governor Chief of Staff Ms. Trina Firmalo - all for TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign. Photo ATM.

2012 Miss Earth Philippines runner-up Princess Manzon, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Dr. Gina Lopez, 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz and Romblon Office of the Governor Chief of Staff Ms. Trina Firmalo – all for TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign. Photo ATM.

More than a thousand residents of Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon marked Earth Day (April 22) with the rejection of mining approval and applications through a simultaneous caravan and prayers through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecological protection.

Ten thousand prayer cards with the image of the saint were embedded along the seven-kilometer stretch national highway in San Fernando town. They were joined by Bantay Kalikasan Managing Director Gina Lopez, 2012 Miss Earth Philippines runner-up Princess Manzon, 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz and Romblon Office of the Governor Chief of Staff Ms. Trina Firmalo.
Gina Lopez, champion of eco-tourism said: “Let us eradicate poverty through eco-tourism and the protection of the environment with integrity and compassion. Mining will destroy the beauty of Sibuyan Island, choose candidates who will defend the environment – for God, country and people!”

Considered as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspot, Sibuyan Island has been dubbed by conservationists as Galapagos of Asia: home to the world’s densest forest and the country’s cleanest inland body of water, river category, the Cantingas River. The whole island is protected as it has been proclaimed as a mangrove swamp forest reserve and its core zone is the Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park.

“Protected as it is, a large-scale mining permit has been granted by former environment Secretary Lito Atienza through a midnight deal three days before he resigned in 2009 opening almost 1,500 hectares of land for mineral production sharing agreement,” said Mayor Dindo C. Rios of San Fernando, Romblon.

“The national government’s Mining Industry Coordinating Council or MICC mandated by President Aquino’s Executive Order No. 79 must review the approved agreement as soon as possible, thus, we are strongly calling the members of the council to visit our island and see for themselves how delicate our island is,” stressed Mayor Rios.

Different churches and religions through an ecumenical forum have gathered petitions and more than 120 thousand signatures to halt mining in the province of Romblon especially in Sibuyan Island. They are calling to uphold the integrity of creation.

Fr. Noel Sixon, parish priest of Our Lady of Remedies Parish said: “We must protect creation, the earth is abused and dying. We must save Sibuyan Island, God-given gift to us. I will not endorse names in the coming elections but choose candidates who are pro-God, pro-People, pro-Family and pro-Environment.”

Joining Sibuyan Island Earth Day Celebrations, and endorsing Tao Muna Hindi Mina 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stefanowitz said: “We should protect, preserve and conserve our environment for us and the future generations to come; let us make everyday Earth Day.”

For more information, please email taomunahindimina@gmail.com, or contact 0921-9645017 (Egay) or 0923-5122374 (Farah).

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[In the news] Zambales Participated in the Launching of “Tao Muna Hindi Mina” -www.allvoices.com

Zambales Participated in the Launching of “Tao Muna Hindi Mina”

allvoicesThe peoples of Zambales, one of the 80 provinces of the Philippines took the streets to join other nine provinces in the launching of the national campaign against mining dubbed as “Tao Muna Hindi Mina”.

The campaign is pushing for the enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill and the respect for human rights in areas where there are mining operations.

Alex Hermoso of PREDA said that the mining companies and the government have been claiming that mining will help develop the Philippines, but in reality not one of the many mined areas in the country improved the lives of the people, study shows that after the mining operations, the people became poorer because their basic forms of livelihoods were destroyed.

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