Stop Environmental Destruction in the Philippines
  • Petitioned Benigno Aquino III

This petition was delivered to:

President of the Philippines
Benigno Aquino III
Chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
Voltaire T. Gazmin
Presidential Assistant II, Climate Change
Elisea G. Gozun
Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Ramon Jesus P. Paje

Stop Environmental Destruction in the Philippines

    1. Anakbayan NJ
    2. Petition by

      Anakbayan NJ

      Jersey City, NJ

On December 16, 2pm, Typhoon Sendong (Washi) landed in the Philippine area of responsibility. Around 2am of December 17, Typhoon Sendong dropped a month’s worth of rainfall — amounting to 142 milimeters (6 inches)– over Northern Mindanao, the Southern most island in the Philippines. It caused flash floods, overflowing rivers and massive landslides.

Sendong left 1, 403 dead, 1,089 missing, and an estimated PhP 1- billion damage to property and farmlands. Affected provinces and cities are Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Mr. Diwata in Compostela Valley, and Zamboanga del Norte.

It should also be noted that though Typhoon Sendong dropped only an average of 5-8inches of rainfall (as compared to Ondoy’s 15-18inches), the death toll under Sendong is almost 3-4 times more than Ondoy.

Due to the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Sendong, we have reason to believe that it is a man-made calamity, due to the environmental destruction caused by environmentally destructive practices such as large-scale mining, quarrying, and logging. Also, large mono-crop plantations for export are also causing environmental destruction.

Lastly, we also want to call attention to the Aquino government's culpability due to continuous budget cuts on vital government functions, its defunding of the national calamity fund, which aggravated the lack of preparedness and capability of the local governments to respond to Typhoon Sendong.

As Filipinos overseas, we want to register our concern regarding the continuing environmental degradation and seeming government neglect of its basic obligation to protect its people. We must act to put a stop to the environmental degradation of our beautiful Philippines. Fight for environmental justice now!

For more information please visit: 

1) anakbayannynj.wordpress.com and look for "Primer on Typhoon Sendong"

2) http://www.rmp-nmr.org/

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Alliance to Stop Mining

      Anakbayan NJ
      Petition Organizer

      Alyansa Tigil Mina or Alliance to Stop Mining is a coming together of grassroots organizations in the Philippines that are shaking things up to protect the Philippine environment against reckless large-scale foreign mining companies.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Wendy Beyda MARLBORO, NJ
      • 11 months ago

      We need to take care of the environment, not destroy it!

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    • Stele Ely BOULDER, CO
      • 12 months ago

      the destruction of these crucial ecosystems are a global time bomb that may kill billions of humans and other lifeforms in a massive extinction

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    • Joanna Aquino LOS BANOS, PHILIPPINES
      • about 1 year ago

      For the environment

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    • maria farpez BUENOS AIRES., ARGENTINA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because the world need the natural wild life.

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    • Lauren Ann Robleza RANDOLPH, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      This part of my heritage, as it is my father's country. We must strive to change the things we can.

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