MAY 21, 2015
Lobo, Batangas - “Back off Mindoro Resource Limited! We will not wait for another disaster caused by these mining activities in our province,” said Peti Enriquez, Secretary General of Bukluran Para sa Inang Kalikasan (BUKAL), a network of environmental advocates that work collectively towards the protection of the province and its natural resources from destructive activities, programs and project.
BUKAL along with KALIKASAN People’s Network for the Environment (PNE) – Southern Tagalog stood against large-scale foreign mining during the public hearing of Mindoro Resources Limited and Egerton Limited for their Copper-Gold Mining Project happened today at Punta Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas.
“Large-scale foreign mining results to environmental plunder by these foreign mining companies. They deceived the people of its promised basic developments of providing jobs and improvement of livelihood but loomed destruction of the environment, loss of livelihood, displacement of communities and caused health complications,” stressed by PJ Santos, coordinator of Kalikasan PNE-ST.
The groups denounce the endorsement of the local government of Lobo in letting foreign mining companies continue their operations in spite of protests and resolutions filed by the people to stop mining in the province. They were also dismayed by the continuous silence of the provincial government in the issue of mining playing safe around the fingers of these foreign mining companies and the stand of the people against mining.
“The permission of our government to let these foreign mining companies use our land and resources for mining is a direct violation of our constitution, a violation to our national sovereignty,” added by Enriquez.
During the public hearing, the Archdiocese of Batangas stood firmly against extractive and destructive projects like mining. Fr. Dakila Ramos, director of Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment reiterates that the church led by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles calls for the unity of the people to oppose and stop mining activities in the province.
The groups will continue their activities and mobilizations in the advancement of their anti-mining campaign in the province. ###