BY SANDRA FERWELO
BAGUIO CITY — Green Groups in North Luzon presented their researches to DENR Assistant secretary Juan Miguel Cuna in the 1st Cordillera Environment Summit of the Environment Management Bureau at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City last Wednesday, July 27.
Fernando Mangili, spokesperson of Amianan Salakniban – an environment and human rights watch network in North Luzon, handed ASec. Cuna an official copy of their investigative report on the illegal mining activities of Golden Summit Mining Corporation in Cordon, Isabela and the Save Didipio Campaign.
“We are very positive that the DENR will now listen to the calls of the marginalized people because we have a fellow environment activist leading the DENR unlike in the previous administrations who only listened to the corporations,” Mangili said.
Mangili also gave a copy of around 3,000 signatures in support to the Pirma mo para sa Kinabukasan, Piso mo para sa Kalikasan at Mamamayan Campaign which calls for; (1) the moratorium on all large-scale mining projects and operations in Northern Luzon, (2) the rehabilitation of the areas and just compensation of the communities affected by mining, (3) the repeal the Mining Act of 1995. (4) immediate passage of the People’s Mining Bill, and (5) the development and utilization of our mineral resources to serve National Industrialization and Agrarian Reform.
“We will look into it. Ms. Gina already vowed to hinder the exploration activities of Oceana Gold and I heard we will be reviewing the Mining Act. For now, the rest all depends on the audit of all existing mines,” ASec Cuna said.
Roxanne Bans-Veridiano, a fellow convener of Amianan Salakniban and executive director of Katinnulong Daguiti Umili ti Amianan (Kaduami), also gave their recent research on the social and environmental impacts of large scale mining of Nickel Asia mines in Dinapigue, Isabela.
Veridiano also gave ASec. Cuna a copy of the book Amianan Salakniban; the first North Luzon Mining and Human Rights Summit published in 2011, with hopes that the DENR may look into the environmental situations of the Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley through the perspective of the marginalized people. # nordis.net