Ask President Aquino to Stop Awarding More Mining Concessions
  • Petitioned President Benigno Aquino, Jr

This petition was delivered to:

President, Philippines
President Benigno Aquino, Jr
Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Ramon Paje
Acting Director
Engr. Leo Jasareno
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Rights
MS. ZENAIDA BRIGIDA HAMADA-PAWID

Ask President Aquino to Stop Awarding More Mining Concessions

    1. Kapwa Katutubo Philippine Sacred Land Initiative
    2. Petition by

      Kapwa Katutubo Philippine Sacred Land Initiative

      LA, CA

Dear Friends, dear Kapwa,

Did you know that the Philippines has the thinnest forest cover in all of Southeast Asia?

Did you know that over a million hectares are now subject to mining claims and exploration by multinational companies - even on watersheds and lands considered sacred by the indigenous peoples? Indigenous leaders have been killed, harassed or intimidated because of their resistance to mining. Supporters such as Italian priest, Father Fausto Tentorio and Dr. Gerardo Ortega, a broadcaster, were also killed.

Many are unaware of the perilous extent of projected large scale mining in the Philippines. As of 2011, 730 mining claims and 2,000 non-metallic mines have already been approved throughout the country. These represent a big jump from 28 large scale mines, some of which experience peace and order, social and environmental problems. Approved mines are thousands of hectares in size. And yet in a country 2/3 the size of California, there are 5,000 other pending applications for metallic and non-metallic mines.

What does the country stand to gain for breaking all safe limits for mining small islands? The Philippine Mining Act of 1995 gives foreign companies royalty-free exploitation with the right to 100% mine ownership, 100% repatriation of profits, and 50 year leases; all for a mere 2% excise tax. How can such a pittance compensate for the permanent loss of mountains and cover the enormous human, economic and ecological costs that open pit and strip mining entail? 

International and Philippine laws recognize indigenous people’s rights. We strongly urge the Philippine government to avert irreversible damage and grave human-made crisis.  

Indigenous peoples, in our motherland and around the world, hold our ancient and sacred traditions that can keep us in balance with nature. Let us help protect, preserve, and restore the delicate life systems in our beautiful sacred land. 

Imagine Philippines 2050. Double the population. Megacities. Triple the energy demand. Forests gone. Depleted mines and wastelands. 

Sign now and join our call to decolonize Philippine mining. We thank you for your urgent action. 

Sincerely,

The Kapwa Katutubo - Philippine Sacred Land Initiative

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Mining Executive Order and Implementing Guidelines under study

      A review of the mining law is underway through an Executive Order and its Implementing Guidelines. There is also a call to repeal the Mining Act of 1995. An alternative mining bill is in Congress. This is a good time to make our suggestions count. So thank you for signing and helping us get the word out. Together we can make a difference.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Yes, individuals can make a difference toward Phil. Mining Reform

      Late last year, President Aquino ordered the review of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. This acknowledges people's resistance and the rising evidence that all is not well with the liberalized mining policy. By signing the petition, we can highlight indigenous rights, biodiversity and sacred lands in setting safe limits to mining development. In April 2012, Fr. Edwin Gariquez, a Filipino priest won the 2012 Goldman Environmental Award for helping the indigenous Mangyan people of Mindoro Island in their struggle to protect biodiversity areas from nickel mining. Thank you for being part of the discussion and standing up for meaningful mining reform.

    5. Thank you for signing and sharing!

      The MGB website shows that there were 30 operating large scale mines and close to 2,500 non-metallic mines with an additional 730 approved concessions in 2011 . So do you know if there is a new mine or a mining application near you? For more information, visit the website of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

    6. Reached 25 signatures
    7. Sacred lands are not exempt from mining.

      Standards and procedures are needed to exclude sacred lands of indigenous peoples and local communities from mining zones.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Althea Balmes MARKHAM, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important because this is my country and I see it falling apart under a ruling class that doesn't seem to care about the land and people. Foreign mining is just one of its bigger problems

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    • Christine Balmes TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Indigenous people and mother nature are more important than the profit gained from mining. According to a study by Ibon foundation, in 2011 mining only accounted for 1.5% of the Philippine economy, and 0.6% of total employment and yet its cost to human lives include landgrabbing, community displacement, human rights violations, and environmental degradation. It's important to ask as Filipinos what we value, and what costs we are willing to pay to get so little from these foreign mining companies.

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    • Jacob Vijandre SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      STOP IT! These are our Ancestors. Our own people who fought for our land way before we were born!!! They have the right to stay where they are for they inhabited and died for our Inang Bayan way before you became a President! Have some dignity and respect for our Elders and Ancestors.

      STOP IT!

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    • Mizel Evangelista QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • over 2 years ago

      To protect our nature. In the end, once it's gone we can never have it back.

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    • Carol Gamiao LA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The proposed scale of destruction is staggering for fragile lands. Benefits not commensurate to sacrifice. No risk assessment for liberalized mining. We distributed lands through agrarian reform and yet we would concentrate lands and resources to foreign companies. We need popular discussion of issues!

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