Pagbawi! People's Forum on Mining

To our friends and colleagues:

 

Warm, environmental greetings!

 

The global mining industry is facing an unprecedented crisis: the top 40 mining transnational corporations or TNCs experienced a massive downturn in its net profits in the past two years, dropping from $138 billion in 2011 to $20 billion in 2013.

 

Faced with growing resource nationalism and grassroots resistance in the context of massive minerals overproduction and contracting demand, the aggressive expansionism of mining TNCs in PH seemed to struggle but TNCs with existing mine projects became more intent to protect their investments and profits.

 

In the coming annual Mine Philippines 2014 Conference of the Chamber of Mines, one of the leading mining industry lobby groups, mining TNCs are expected to step up efforts in waxing rhetoric of responsible mining and greenwashing.

 

In this context, the Defend Patrimony! Alliance, the leading national network opposed to mining liberalization and plunder, will hold the PAGBAWI!: a Parallel People’s Forum to the Mine Philippines 2014 Conference on September 17, 9:00AM to 12:00NN at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Conference Center, at the back of the IFI National Cathedral, 1500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila.

Forum Organizers

 

The forum aims to gather advocates, experts, and grassroots leaders to discuss the people’s perspectives and responses on the persistent threats of big mining to the communities and the environment, and to unite in a symbolic action calling for a strategic reorientation of the industry towards people’s needs, ownership and development.

 

The program is as follows:

Time

Activity

Details

9-9:30am

Registration Period and Film Showing

 

9:30-9:40am

Opening Remarks and Context

IFI/Stewards of Creation

9:40-10am

Results of the Nueva Vizcaya Mining Environmental Investigative Mission

AGHAM

10-10:20am

Recent Mining Impacts on Indigenous People’s Communities

KAMP

10:20-10:30am

Cultural Presentation

 

10:30-10:50am

On the Proposed Mining Fiscal Regime and the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative

Ibon Foundation

10:50-11:20am

Open Forum

 

11:20-11:40am

Closing Remarks and Leading of Symbolic Action

Kalikasan PNE

11:40am-12:00nn

Press Conference

 

 

To confirm your participation, please inform us of your confirmation and the number of participants that your organization will send so we can prepare accordingly. For questions or further coordination, please contact the Defend Patrimony! secretariat at 0917 562 6824 (Leon), 924 8756 or secretariat(at)kalikasan(dot)net. Please share this invitation to your friends and colleagues.

 

 

For the People and the Environment,

 

(Sgd.) Mr. Clemente Bautista
National Coordinator
Kalikasan-PNE

Convener
Defend Patrimony!

 

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