NO to Exploration and Mining in Romblon, Philippines
  • Petitioned Hon. Ramon J.P. Paje

This petition was delivered to:

DENR Secretary
Hon. Ramon J.P. Paje
Office of the President
Pres. Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Cojuangco Aquino II
Office of the Congressman - Romblon
Hon. Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona
Office of the Governor - Romblon
Hon. Eduardo 'Lolong' Firmalo

NO to Exploration and Mining in Romblon, Philippines

    1. Milex Fabula
    2. Petition by

      Milex Fabula

      Brunswick, VIC, Australia

We, the undersigned, an online community with a common heritage and love for the province of Romblon would like to petition the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the Office of the Secretary of DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), the Office of the Congressman in the Lone District of Romblon, the Office of the Governor, the Chamber of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Romblon (Romblon Provincial Board Members), Mayors and Vice Mayors League of Romblon, Councilors League of Romblon to please stop any form of exploration and mining in the whole province of Romblon. (a Facebook based group of Romblomanons all over the world) along with SAM (Sibuyanon Against Mining), Romblon State University's ASAM (Alliance of Students Against Mining) and REFAM (Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining) are all one in saying NO TO EXPLORATION AND MINING IN ROMBLON PHILIPPINES.

Recently, Ivanhoe Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. of Canada has applied for mining permit to explore approximately 14,000 hectares of land in the mountainous region of Tablas Island in the province of Romblon. It encompasses the following municipalities, namely, Sta. Maria, Alcantara, Looc, Odiongan in the south and San Andres, Calatrava and San Agustin in the northern part of the island. The area covers critical watershed and forest reserves that provide vital water supply to agriculture, small industries and tap water for human consumption. Our watershed areas also provide protection against flash floods that have become a common problem in the lowland areas.

Mining is a SPIRITUAL and MORAL issue. The history of mining in the Philippines is replete with ecological disaster such as mine tailings in the island of Marinduque, waste spillage in Negros Occidental, Benguet and many others. Mining damage/disaster is not only limited to the environment but also to mankind. The devastating impact on the health and livelihood on affected communities is beyond imagination.

We strongly dispute the suggestion that mining will improve the economy and lives of every Romblomanon. Yes, probably on a short term basis. But looking at 10, 20 or 30 years down the line, we guarantee you that Romblomanon will all look miserable and hapless because of the environmental damage to our island.  


See in this video link why we're all desperate to keep our life normal:

Tablas Island - A Ticking Mine Bomb -

Sibuyan Island, Romblon - The Galapagos of Asia (in German language):

Sibuyan Island, Romblon - The Galapagos of Asia (in English language)

The Sight and Sound of San Andres Romblon Philippines


To all overseas supporters, we were so humbled by your support.

Thank you so much. Maraming salamat po.


e-signed: NGO's and concerned citizens of Romblon

Hon. Ramon J.P. Paje, DENR Secretary
Pres. Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Cojuangco Aquino II, Office of the President
Hon. Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona, Office of the Congressman - Romblon
Hon. Eduardo 'Lolong' Firmalo, Office of the Governor - Romblon
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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Comment from former Romblon resident: "I currently live here in Canada but I grew up in Odiongan, Romblon. It makes me feel so frustrated to hear this on going mining exploration in Tablas island that might eventually turn the entire place into a mining industry. Knowing that a Canadian company is the one resposible for this makes it even worse, because I'm planning take environmental studies at one of their universities. There is no doubt that Tablas is filled with diffirent variety of minerals (such as gold, copper, etc.) and a very wide range of diversed natural resources. So why don't we just keep it that way?"

    3. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Read this new blog post about how petition creator Milex Fabula and a coalition of Filipinos are making excellent progress getting mining companies off their islands:

    4. Filipinos Vote Mining Companies Off the Island

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Philippines should be a global superpower in mineral production: It sits on the world's 3rd-largest deposit of copper and is rich in gold, nickel and zinc reserves.
      The reason it isn't yet is partly due to the successes of anti-mining activists...


    Reasons for signing

    • Brandon Pickens RICHMOND, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Should it not be up to the people of the islands to decide what happens to their own land?

    • MIchael Seabeck SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      To All My Family in Tablas Island,

      My name is MIchael Seabeck. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Looc from 1998-2001. I was lucky to be a part of the Coastal Resource Management Project CRM in Looc. Our story in Looc is an amazing one that continues to this day. Hard sacrifices and decisions were made to ensure a viable and sustainable fishery to feed our families for many generations to come. In the process our environment has made a remarkable comeback especially in Looc bay. The improved marine environment though is very fragile and needs continuous care and monitoring to ensure it's survival. Poorly concieved programs such as locating a floating power barge in Looc bay will undoubtedly cause oil spills, smoke and sound pollution, are very short sided and will cause more harm then good. The proposed mining exploration and activity on Tablas Island is an even worse idea. People of Tablas Island please proctect our heritage for future generations. PLEASE STOP THIS DANGEROUS ACTIVITY.

      • over 3 years ago
      • over 3 years ago

      MINING is an activity in the short term but, with LONG TERM EFFECTS on PEOPLE and ENVIRONMENT.

    • Rev. Fr. Gary Villanueva WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 3 years ago

      I am originally from Aklan, our island (Panay) is just south of Romblon and I don't want the refuse from mining flow into the sea (Sibuyan) because it pollutes and also affects the livelihood of our fisherman and people who depend their livelihood from the sea. STOP MINING IN ROMBLON NOW!


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