No To Ship Recycling in Hinoba-an! Save 15, 000 Mangroves! Save Southern Negros Coast!

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Saturday, 29th of October 2016, when Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the executives of Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Inc. inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Japan to accommodate the building of a $300million Ship Recycling Facility in the Municipality of Hinoba-an, specifically in Barangay Bacuyangan.

To define, Ship Recycling is a type of ship disposal, involving the process of breaking a 25-to-30-year-old ships for either a source of parts, or scraps which can be sold for re-use.

Now, here are some points behind that dollar sign:

• There have been NO reports conducted on the safety of marine environment prior to the signing of the MOU;

• A year and 8 months have passed, yet NO genuine public consultation or Ship Recycling Plan containing blue prints, surveys and measures has been shown in compliance with the Ship Recycling Convention. This is a major concern since this proposal has not undergone a lawful process demonstrating the safety of marine biodiversity; fueling concerns from different environmental sectors and local communities.

• It is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world involving numerous risks such as: disturbance of the sea floor, fumes over the land, and the devastation of the marine ecosystem.

• 15,000 full grown mangroves will be displaced.

• Scraps from the ship also contains hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances, lead, Mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), Radiation and low levels of radium, and others.

• Corals and sea grasses, considered as a habitat and a source of food for some marine organisms, will be in danger. Corals and sea grasses reduce risks from coastal hazards protecting both sea and land creatures.

• This project will have an estimated 500 affected families as they will be relocated from their homes and livelihoods.

• The government is petitioning to convert 127 hectares of agricultural land to industrial land. A case was then filed by the CARP beneficiaries as their lands were converted, violating The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, Republic Act No. 6657.

• Obong Cave – a historical site, is in threat of destruction. Obong Cave was once a refuge of Capt. Jesus Villamor aboard US submarine “Gudgeon” during the World War II. It served as his access point during Japanese occupation.

Aside from the above-mentioned damages and violations to the land, ocean, health and livelihood, this “recycling” is also a threat to the natural scenery of the island; transforming the municipality from a famous divers’ paradise into a ships' dump site.

Let's get our priorities right and work towards the preservation of Hinoba-an’s beautiful environment by banning this Ship Recycling Project. LET US HELP ONE ANOTHER IN PROTECTING THE COAST OF NEGROS ISLAND!!!

Sincerely, the undersigned

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