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Environmental groups slams mining confab, launches week-long activity against mining
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:08

Environmental groups slams mining confab, launches week-long activity against mining
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Environmental advocates headed by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) once again called for the protection of the environment against the destructive impacts of mining through a prayer rally and candle lighting activity in Plaza Raja Sulayman , on September 15, Tuesday, along Roxas Boulevard.

The prayer rally which is just a jump-starter for the coalition’s bi-annual week-long actions according to its National Coordinator Jaybee Garagnera, is the group’s welcome gesture to the participants of Mining Philippines 2015 Conference and Exhibitions currently being held at Solaire Resort & Casino Manila.

“It’s the time of the year where the Chamber of Mines in the Philippines (COMP) has once again opened our country for auction to the plunderers of our natural mineral resources.” says Garganera.

“As COMP welcomes the mining industry players including investors and mining firms, we want to make an equal effort to stress that our country is not for sale and our environment has suffered enough degradation and plundering from the extractive industry.” he added.

The prayer rally and candle lighting activity entitled DASAL PARA SA INTEGRIDAD NG BUHAY AT EKOLOHIYA (Prayer for the Integrity of life and creation) was attended by environmentalists and activists who are pushing advocacies and reforms against the current mining policies and situation in the country.

“Our activity is an answer to his Holiness Pope Francis’ call for integrity of creation.” says Garganera.


“So far, mining has done nothing to our country but defile and destroy our environment and displace our people. For the longest time it has plundered our mineral resources and devastated the creation his Almighty has lent us.
“We can never let corporate greed triumph over the integrity of creation. We will not just sit and watch as COMP sell us out.” Garganera added.

After the mass, a candle lighting and human chain action was done by the group along Roxas Boulevard to show their opposition to the mining conference.

Local Simultaneous Actions

In Solidarity with the launch of ATM’s week-long activity, anti-mining groups and communities all over the country held their individual actions in their respective areas.

Participating are anti-mining communities in Nueva Viscaya, Cagayan, Lobo Batangas, Marinduque, Zambales,  Leyte, Cantilan Surigao del Sur and Masbate.

“In the spirit of honouring the integrity of creation, we must be one in the fight against the destructive impacts of mining.” said Fr. Dakila Ramos of the Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment  (AMEn) in Lobo, Batangas.

“We should all stand together for our environment and our people, for the future generations and for the gift of nature God has given us.” he added.

Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) one of ATM’s partners in its anti-mining advocacies also organized related actions in their respective areas in Manicani and Homonhon Eastern Samar, and Kibungan to show their support to the week-long activity.

“We are one with ATM in this activity in upholding human life and ecology.” said Ed Garingan, PMPI Project Officer for Anti-mining campaign.

“What we need is ecological rehabilitation and conservation.The corrupt, plundering, and destructive ways of the extractive industry have no part to play in this.” Garingan added.

Alyansa Tigil Mina’s week-long action with the theme INTEGRIDAD NG TAO AT EKOLOHIYA IPAGLABAN, GANID NG PANDAIGDIGANG INDUSTRIYA NG MINA WAKASAN! (Uphold the integrity of human life and ecology, end the greed of the global mining industry!) will run from September 14 to 18.

It aims to challenge the global mining industry by supporting the call of Laudato Si for ecological integrity.

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AlyansaTigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of POs and and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0917) 549.82.18 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer (0927) 623.50.66 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


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