Say NO to mining in Lobo, Batangas. Save Verde Island Passage, center of the world's Marine Biodiversity.
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Verde Island Passage is situated along the coasts of Lobo, Malabrigo and Balibago in Batangas, Philippines. It is home to some of the world's most diverse marine life (including dolphins, sea turtles, humphead wrasses, giant groupers, giant clams and some 300 species of corals, and is considered to be one of the largest concentrations of corals in the whole world). Lobo, Batangas hosts two marine sanctuaries, one for fish and one for sea turtles. It is also a haven for one of the country's most beautiful dive spots, beaches and even historical landmarks that date back all the way to the Spanish times some 300 years ago.
On May 21, Egerton Gold Philippines, Inc. submitted plans to mine for gold in approximately 263 square hectares of land in Lobo, Batangas, which will encompass most of the barangays near the coastlines of Verde Island passage. 263 hectares would be equivalent to excavating the size of two Bonifacio Global Cities in Lobo. Based on the proposal submitted by Egerton Gold Philippines, Inc., not only would the local communities be uprooted from their homes, but even local flora and fauna would be affected by the mining activity.
Sadly, the Lobo, Batangas local government and the Philippine DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) are seriously considering approving this project, despite knowing the enormous impact it will have on one of the world's treasures in marine life.
We ask you to join us in this fight against the ruin and exploitation of one of our country's last remaining marine and wildlife sanctuaries. Please sign this petition to let the Philippine government know that people care about the environment, and that the preservation of our marine wildlife is more important than the corporate interests of mining companies. Please share with like-minded people who are also interested in protecting this precious resource.
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Gerard Navarro needs your help with “D.E.N.R., United Nations Environment Programme, Philippine Office of the President, Office of the Batangas Governor: Say NO to mining in Lobo, Batangas. Save Verde Island Passage, center of the world's Marine Biodiversity.”. Join Gerard and 6,894 supporters today.