• Petitioned Ramon Paje

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
Ramon Paje
Senator, Philippines
Senator Chiz Escudero
Mayor, Obando, Bulacan, Philippines
Orencio Gabriel
Director, Environmental Management Bureau
Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna
Senator, Philippines
Senator Koko Pimentel
Governor, Bulacan, Philippines
Willy Sy-Alvarado
Senator, Philippines
Senator Loren Legarda

Tell the Mayor and Governor to Stop the Obando Sanitary Landfill Project

    1. Ibarra Bonifacio
    2. Petition by

      Ibarra Bonifacio

On January 24, 2011, the Obando Municipal Government headed by Mayor Orencio E. Gabriel passed Resolution 07-102 that allows the construction of a privately-owned landfill in the fishing village of Salambao off Manila Bay.  In order to give way to this project the Municipal Government also passed an ordinance that reclassified the use of the land from agricultural to commercial and industrial.  On January  31, 2011, the municipal resolution was ratified and subsequently signed by Governor Willy Sy-Alvarado on June 22, 2011.

Barangay Salambao is composed of three sitios at the footpath (pilapil) surrounding adjacent fishpens (palaisdaan). A 44.4 hectare section of these fishpens is the proposed location of the sanitary landfill. This proposed Obando Sanitary Landfill is at the intersection of the Muzon River and Manila bay. These are areas of rich and abundant aquatic resources where fishermen from Binuangan, Malabon, Navotas, and Cavite daily take their sources of living. Being in the middle of Manila Bay and Muzon river, and is in itself a fishpond, the site is considered an area of environmentally sensitive resources.

Residents of Obando have spoken in public forums and peaceful assemblies to protest the proposed Obando Sanitary Landfill.  Protesters believe that creation of a landfill in Obando is illegal, that the landfill will harm the health of Obando River  and its people, will worsen the ongoing decades-long problems of flooding in Obando, will contribute to the continued deterioration of Manila Bay and will end the livelihood of tens of thousands of people who depend on the marine and aquatic life that the river and the bay provides.

Despite numerous protests, the Municipal Government refuses to hear their requests for more information and dialogue.  Peaceful assemblies are met with police harrassment and most recently, and most alarming of all, an Executive Order from Mayor Orencio Gabriel has been issued that violates the Basic Constitutional Rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly.

We need your help.  Sign this petition and send a message to the Municipal and Provincial Government not only to protect the people of Obando, the Obando River, and Manila Bay but also to uphold the rights of people to voice out their concerns without fear of persecution from their leaders.

 

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BAKIT ITO MAHALAGA

Noong Enero 24, 2011,  inaprubahan ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Obando, sa pangunguna ni Mayor Orencio E. Gabriel,  ang Resolusyon Blg 07-102 na nagbibigay daan sa pagtatayo ng pribadong landfill na pagmamayari ng Ecoshield Development Corporation sa palaisdaan na sakop ng Brgy Salambao na malapit sa Manila Bay. Para maisakatuparan ang proyekto, inaprubahan ng ating pamahalaang bayan ang ordinansa na nagsasaad ng pagbabago ng uri ng nasabing palaisdaan mula pang-agrikultural tungo sa pangkomersyal at pang-industriyal na gamit. Noong ika-31 ng Enero 2011 , pinagtibay ang naturang resolusyon at nilagdaan ni Gov. Willy Sy-Alvarado noong June 22, 2011.

Ang Brgy. Salambao ay binubuo ng 3 sitio at mga pilapil na napapaligiran ng mga palaisdaan.  Sa 44.4 na hektaryang bahagi nito balak ilagay ang naturang sanitary landfill. Ang lugar na ito, na malapit sa sugpungan ng Muzon River at Manila Bay, ay sagana sa mga yamang dagat na pinagkukuhanan ng kabuhayan ng mga mangingisda mula sa Binuangan, Malabon, Navotas at Cavite. Dahil ito ay nasa gitna ng Manila Bay at Muson River, at dahil binubuo siya ng maraming palaisdaan at fishpens, ang lugar na ito ay itinuturing na environmentally sensitive resources.

Ang mamamayan ng Obando ay patuloy na nagpahayag  ng pagtutol sa proyektong Obando Sanitary Landfill sa pamamagitan ng public forum at mapayapang pagsasama-sama. Naniniwala ang mamamayan ng Obando na ang pagsasakatuparan ng landfill ay ilegal, makakasama sa kalusugan ng Ilog ng Obando at sa mga taong nakatira dito, palulubhain pa ang matagal nang problema ng pagbaha, magdudulot ng patuloy na pagkasira ng Manila Bay at papapatay sa kabuhayan ng maraming taong umaasa sa yamang dagat na ipinagkakaloob nito.

Sa kabila ng maraming pagtutol, hindi pinakikinggan ng Pamahalaang Bayan ang mga pakiusap ng bayan na magkaroon ng malakihang talakayan tungkol sa proyekto. Bagkus, ang payapang pagtitipon ay sinasalubong ng police harassment at, ang nakababahala sa lahat, ay ang bagong takda ng Pamahalaang Bayan na lumalabag sa karapatan ng mamamayan sa mapayapang pagtitipon at malayang pagpapahayag.
 
Kailangan namin ang inyong tulong.  Sa ating pagpirma sa petisyong ito, ating pinararating ang ating mga hinaing sa Pamahalaang Bayan at Lalawigan, hindi lamang para protektahan ang mga tao, ang  bayan, ang ating ilog at ang Manila Bay, kundi upang ipaglaban rin ang ating karapatan sa malayang pagpapahayag ng walang takot sa di makatarungang paguusig ng mga namumuno.


Recent signatures

    News

    1. Supreme Court buries landfill

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      CONCERNED groups welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court that they hope would eventually “bury with finality” a controversial landfill project in the town of Obando, Bulacan.

      The Supreme Court en banc issued on February 21, 2012 the writ of kalikasan in response to a petition filed by the Concerned Citizens of Obando to halt the construction of a garbage disposal facility at the fishing village of Salambao off Manila Bay.

      The notice signed by Atty. Enriqueta Vidal, Clerk of Court, also referred the case to the Court of Appeals “for hearing, reception of evidence and rendition of judgment.”

      In a common statement, the Concerned Citizens of Obando, the Upholding Life And Nature (ULAN) and the EcoWaste Coalition hailed the issuance of the writ of kalikasan as a step towards environmental justice.

      “We thank God that the High Court granted us with a legal remedy, which we hope would, in due course, bury the contentious landfill project with finality,” said Maria Teresa Bondoc, one of

    2. High court steps into Bulacan landfill dispute, issues ‘writ of kalikasan’

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      The Supreme Court has issued a “writ of kalikasan” (writ of nature) in favor of residents opposed to the conversion of a coastal area in Obando, Bulacan, into a landfill for garbage from Metro Manila which they warned could set off an “environmental catastrophe.’’

    3. Sanitary landfill sa ilog sa Obando, Bulacan, tinututulan ng residente

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Nagtipon ang mga residente ng Obando sa harap ng tanggapan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources upang hilingin kay Secretary Ramon Paje na ipawalang bisa ang Environmental Compliance Certificate na sinulong ng kanilang tanggapan.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Landfill project threatens Bulacan, Paje

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has been asked to revoke the environmental compliance certificate his department issued to a landfill project for aggravating the situation in Obando town of Bulacan.

      Macon Araneta
      Manila Standard
      October 4, 2011

    6. DENR urged to revoke Obando landfill ECC amid flooding

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      The EcoWaste Coalition urged Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Ramon Paje to cancel the ECC issued by Lorimelyn Claudio, DENR Region III director, to a landfill project by EcoShield Development Corporation after typhoons Pedring and Quiel inundated low-lying towns in the province of Bulacan, including Obando.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. All 11 Barangays in Obando underwater at the onslaught of Storm Pedring

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      11 Barangays underwater at the onslaught of Storm Pedring. Mayor Orencio Gabriel calls for help after storm Pedring bring all 11 barangays in Obando underwater. This is the same mayor however who approved the resolution to build a 44 hectare landfill in the same waters that have submerged the entire town. Now more than ever is the time to sign this petition.

    9. Daluyong sa Obando

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      "Daluyong sa Obando" is an Art Exhibit Protest against Obando Landfill. The recently approved Obando Landfill Project will convert 44.4 hectares of Salambao River in Obando Bulacan into a garbage dump.

      Venue : Km 0. Kanlungan ng Sining Rizal Park, Manila (ART ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES)
      When: Oct 22, 2011.

    10. Obando after the onslaught of Storm Pedring by Mark Louie Gonzales

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      More harrowing photos of the town of Obando submerged after the storm. They Mayor and Governor have instituted little to no relief operations to date and hesitated to put the town in a state of calamity. The garbage that you see are from a garbage disposal facility in Navotas which is only 11 km away from Obando. Obando is the proposed site of another 44 hectare disposal facility in the very river that submerged the town. This project was proposed by an unknown company Ecoshield Development Corporation, approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, passed into a resolution by Mayor Orencio Gabriel and Governor Alvadarado. We need your help. Help us tell the Mayor and Governor to stop this planned Sanitary Landfill in Obando Bulacan.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Filipino version now included in petition overview and letter

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Filipino version of overview and letter now included in the site. You can use this to also gather signatures on the ground for people who don't have access to the internet.

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. Join Us at the Mass and Procession Against Obando Landfill

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Mass and Procession Against Obando Landfill
      September 19, 2011, Monday, 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
      Obando Church

    15. Bakit No To Landfill By Mark Louie Gonzales Featured in Tao Po

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Basahin natin ang comprehensive na listahan ng mga dahilan kung bakit natin dapat i-oppose and Sanitary Landfill. Maraming salamat kay Mark Louie Gonzales.

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Filipino version and translation of petition letter forthcoming

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Filipino version and translations of petition letter will be posted on this site in the next few days.

    18. Online Petition is up and running.

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Citizens of Obando now gather petition to support to oppose the Obando Landfill Project.

    19. Bulacan priests cries police harassment

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Protesters staging a peaceful concert last September 10, 2011 were harassed by police. Police & Municipal Government violates constitutional rights to free speech falsely warning people of arrests if they use placards stating opposition to landfill

    20. GMA Reporter's Notebook highlights the problems of Sanitary Landfills

      Ibarra Bonifacio
      Petition Organizer

      Following the deaths caused by the erosion of the Irisan Dumpsite in Baguio City, this piece questions the legality of the Navotas Sanitary Landfill and shows how its implementation does not follow the intent of RA 9003 of the Solid Waste Mgmt Act.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Maria Theresa Geronimo OBANDO, PHILIPPINES
      • over 2 years ago

      Bakit sa halip na moving forward ( progreso) ay moving backwards tayo( magiging basurahan?) Naisip ba ninyo ito. Pinagaralan ninyo ba ang environmental impact na idudulot ng resolution na ito. Lumaki ako sa Obando na hindi nakaranas ng baha, maganda ang mga bakuran , ang mga bahay ay maayos, naglalaro ang mga bata sa mga bakuran, pero mula ng tinamabakan ang dagat dagatan, nagumpisa na ang kalbaryo ng mga taga Obando. at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa ito nalulutas. Dadagdagan pa ninyo? Gumising nga kayo!

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    • laureano rafael MEYCAUAYAN, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      landfill shouds be in a secured, stable dry inland area so as not to leak and further pollute the surrounding area, the present area now is a time bomb waiting to happen,,,

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    • arturo bollas BULACAN, PHILIPPINES
      • over 2 years ago

      the project is illegal, imoral & prejudicial vs Obando townsfolks.

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    • Ephraim John Zarzuela WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I love my hometown Obando so that's why I'm against the landfill.

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    • Edgardo JImenez OBANDO, BULACAN, PHILIPPINES
      • over 2 years ago

      I was born and raised in Obando and please I know that flooding is one of the major problem in my town. Please don't add the gruesome smell and the disease that these garbage will surely produce. Please consult with your consience and not with your pockets.

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