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solons declare mining free zones; call for an end to destructive mining
Press Release Posted on February 28th, 2012.
Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan 0920-9213221 Jang Monte 0917-4049119
Expressing concern over the destructive effects of unabated mining on the environment and indigenous communities in various parts of the country Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan and several other lawmakers expressed their opposition to unhampered mining operations.
Reps. Carlos Padilla (Nueva Viscaya), Teddy Baguilat (Ifugao) and Mel Senen Sarmiento (Western Samar), Raymond Palatino (Kabataan), Teddy Casino (Bayan Muna) joined the Gabriela solon in a press conference today, three days before the 17th year anniversary of the Philippine Mining Act. All four legislators have filed measures to protect their respective districts from environmental plunder due to mining operations. “We need to protect our environment, protect our people and put a stop to destructive mining,” the legislators said.
Reps. Deogracias Ramos (Sorsogon), Isidro Ungab (Davao City), Cesar Sarmiento (Catanduanes), Eleandro Madrona (Romblon) and Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayad de Oro City) also expressed their support. All five solons have filed various measures in the House of Representatives declaring their respective districts as “Mining Free Zones”.
Rep. Luz Ilagan, is pushing for the immediate passage of HB 6242 or the Philippine Mineral Resources Act. “The measure effectively repeals the Philippine Mining Act and puts in place a mining policy that will give primary importance to the preservation of our environment and our natural resources, ensure the development of mining communities and respect the rights of indigenous peoples.”
“Over the years we have seen the destruction of natural resources and communities. Landslides in various mining areas including those in Pantukan, Compostela Valley and Paracale, Camarines Norte are recent evidences of how mining activities destroy our biodiversity and endanger the lives of our people. Clearly, the existing mining policy works to the disadvantage of our people, allowing mining multinationals to amass huge profits at our expense.”
“The Aquino government is doing our people a great disservice by continuing and intensifying mining activities in the country. President Aquino’s continued promotion of mining, to the extent of allowing mining militias to protect mining firms from local protests reflects his total disregard for the destructive effects and social ills brought about by these foreign dominated, large scale mining activities. There should be no more delays in transforming our mining policy.” #