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Campaign against large-scale mining
Groups challenge electoral candidates to heed victims’ call to stop destructive mining in PH
On Mining
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:04
Press Release
23 April 2013
Groups challenge electoral candidates to heed victims’ call to stop destructive mining in PH
Demand human rights be top priority over environmental destruction
Quezon City – Today, 200-strong activists from church, human rights, and environment groups launched the campaign in celebration of Earth Day and in time for the May elections to remind the mid-term electoral candidates to take a firm stand on different mining issues that have plagued the country.
To dramatize their stance on these mining issues, the group locked down the head office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau in North Avenue and marched to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The group also demanded a moratorium on mining activities in the country and that the 10-Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining be prioritized.
“The Tao Muna-Hindi Mina campaign seeks to put at center stage large-scale destructive mining as a major electoral issue that candidates need to respond to,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines.
“But even before and beyond elections, candidates as well as government itself must be able to heed the peoples demand for an end to large-scale destructive mining.”
Meanwhile Fr. Marlon Lacal, Executive Secretary of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines AMRSP) challenged the electoral candidates to put people first before profit, people first before power, God and Creation first before Mammon and greed. “It demands no less than a shift from “soulless development” to a development paradigm that takes paramount the care of Creation wherein our generation and future generations’ survival depend on”, he added.
Noting the different agenda of electoral candidates specifically at the local level, anti-mining groups reminded the future leaders to prioritize the social issues of mining-affected communities and victims.
Judy A. Pasimio of LILAK - Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights said: “We are at this point where mining is no longer just an issue among environmentalists. Mining is a human rights issue. The different forms of human rights violations being experienced by the women, men and children especially from the indigenous communities in mining areas, need to be recognized, and be addressed by the government and those who are wanting to join the government through this election.”
Specifically, the groups demand that justice be given to families and victims of human rights violations in mining affected areas as well as an end to large-scale destructive mining in the country. They added it is time to seriously consider the Alternative Minerals Management Bill as a just resolution to the conflict engendered by the current corporate-biased, exploitative, unjust mining policy.
No CAGE Campaign
Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina, a coalition of communities and organizations that call for a new policy on mining said: “We challenge the candidates to take a stand on mining. At the national level, we are campaigning against senatoriables who have interests in mining and who we believe will push for their agenda to promote pro-mining policies.
They are Cynthia Villar (own Queensberry Mining—directly involved in the King-king copper-gold project in Compostella Valley), Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara (member of the board of directors of Aurora Pacific Ecozone and Freeport Authority (APECO)), Richard Gordon (independent director of Atlas Mining Corporation), and Rep. Jack Enrile from Cagayan where anti-mining advocates threatened and some killed.“
Mining-affected communities in different parts of the country also mobilized yesterday (April 22, Earth Day) and today to launch the campaign in support of anti-mining and human rights advocates running for leadership posts, and in opposition of pro-mining candidates. This includes Marbel in South Cotabato, Zambales, Nueva Vizcaya, Cagayan, Palawan, Romblon, Leyte, Agusan del Norte and Surigao.
Groups challenge electoral candidates to heed victims’ call to stop destructive mining in PH
Demand human rights be top priority over environmental destruction
Photo by R. Yamzon
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Quezon City – Today, 200-strong activists from church, human rights, and environment groups launched the campaign in celebration of Earth Day and in time for the May elections to remind the mid-term electoral candidates to take a firm stand on different mining issues that have plagued the country.
To dramatize their stance on these mining issues, the group locked down the head office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau in North Avenue and marched to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The group also demanded a moratorium on mining activities in the country and that the 10-Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining be prioritized.
“The Tao Muna-Hindi Mina campaign seeks to put at center stage large-scale destructive mining as a major electoral issue that candidates need to respond to,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines.
“But even before and beyond elections, candidates as well as government itself must be able to heed the peoples demand for an end to large-scale destructive mining.”
Meanwhile Fr. Marlon Lacal, Executive Secretary of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines AMRSP) challenged the electoral candidates to put people first before profit, people first before power, God and Creation first before Mammon and greed. “It demands no less than a shift from “soulless development” to a development paradigm that takes paramount the care of Creation wherein our generation and future generations’ survival depend on”, he added.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:24
 
Ten point human rights agenda on mining
On Mining
Thursday, 11 April 2013 16:39
TEN POINT HUMAN RIGHTS AGENDA ON MINING
Mining has been in the national agenda for more than a decade. The assumption into office of PNoy gave hope for a policy change in mining. Unfortunately, government 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 electoral campaign period provides an opportunity to propagate the peoples issues and concerns on Mining; human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups  have come together and developed a 10 Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining. It is a platform to unite all anti-mining groups and individuals during the electoral period. It is an agenda to challenge all candidates to take up and respond to the call for an end to large-scale mining.
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.
TEN POINT HUMAN RIGHTS AGENDA ON MINING
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Mining has been in the national agenda for more than a decade. The assumption into office of PNoy gave hope for a policy change in mining. Unfortunately, government 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 electoral campaign period provides an opportunity to propagate the peoples issues and concerns on Mining; human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups  have come together and developed a 10 Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining. It is a platform to unite all anti-mining groups and individuals during the electoral period. It is an agenda to challenge all candidates to take up and respond to the call for an end to large-scale mining.
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 16:42
 
Ways to join TAO MUNA- HINDI MINA! campaign
On Mining
Thursday, 11 April 2013 16:28

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What is Tao Muna-Hindi Mina! campaign?

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.

 

The campaign will be highlighted by a 10 point Human Rights Agenda on Mining which will be popularized online and offline in order to generate the broadest possible support and endorsement by different sectors at the national and local levels.

This will also complement our advocacy for the enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management bill and the scrapping of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 among the candidates and the voting public especially during the election campaign period this April.

We will be  holding a nationally coordinated symbolic action on April 23 coined  Tao Muna Hindi Mina-Miting de Avance for the 10 point HR Agenda on Mining to make it appropriate in time for the election and the earth day commemoration as well.

We invite everyone to join us in this campaign by affixing your signature for official endorsement of the 10 point HR Agenda on Mining.

The 10 point HR Agenda on Mining will also be used to raise awareness in the mining affected areas as voter’s platform to register the peoples’ aspiration for candidates to reckon with.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 16:38
 
Rights groups launch Tao Muna-Hindi Mina campaign, urge candidates to prioritize human rights over mining
On Mining
Monday, 08 April 2013 12:14

 

 

Rights groups launch Tao Muna-Hindi Mina campaign, urge candidates to prioritize human rights over mining

 

taomuna_logo_copyMembers of Civil Society, Faith based organizations and Human Rights Defenders working against destructive mining in the country launched a campaign dubbed as “TAO MUNA-HINDI MINA!” to challenge candidates to take up a 10 point Human Rights Agenda on Mining in time for the election campaign period.

 

The group aims to popularize the agenda online and offline using social networking sites in order to generate the broadest possible support and endorsement by different sectors at the national and local levels. (https://www.facebook.com/TaoMunaHindiMina)

 

“Mining has been in the national agenda for more than a decade. The assumption into office of PNoy gave hope for a policy change in mining. Unfortunately, government continues to aggressively promote mining as revenue-generating industry despite continued and widespread protests by mining-affected communities as well as civil society.” said Jaybee Garganera, National Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM).

 

“As the electoral campaign period provides an opportunity to propagate the peoples issues and concerns on Mining; human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups  have come together and developed a 10 Point Human Rights Agenda on Mining. It is a platform to unite all anti-mining groups and individuals during the electoral period. It is an agenda to challenge all candidates to take up and respond to the call for an end to large-scale destructive mining.” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 12:27
 
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