DENR receives 128k signatures vs Romblon mining
June 5, 2012
MANILA – Representatives from the province of Romblon, today,
turned-over a total of 128,346 signatures to Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) expressing opposition to mining
representing 75.85% of the total voting population.
Commemorating the World Environment Day, accompanied by environmental
organizations, Dra. Leoncia Que-Firmalo representing Governor Eduardo
Firmalo together with representatives of the Alliance of Students
Against Mining (ASAM) and Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM)
who have been leading the signature campaign against mining in the
province of Romblon, met Sec. Ramon Paje of DENR.
“These signatures and local resolutions are the real sentiments of our
people in Romblon – for Mother Earth and the generations to come. We
have chosen the path of eco-tourism and agriculture in the principles
of sustainable development,” said Dr. Firmalo, wife of the governor.
Governor Fimalo signed an Executive Order No. 1 series of 2011
declaring a moratorium on mining in the province of Romblon after the
three municipalities in Sibuyan Island issued a joint resolution
against metallic mining. The order was also issued because of the
imminent danger brought by mercury use in small-scale gold mining
assessed by Blacksmith Institute and NGO Ban Toxics.
“The students of Romblon are standing-up for their environmental
rights, who will do this for us? We, ourselves are acting on the basic
principles of environmental sustainability and human rights,” said
Joje Constantino Mesana of the Alliance of Students Against Mining.
In the past few months, Romblon has been a hotspot for mining issues
as all 17 municipalities had issued anti-mining resolutions. The local
government units have been sued by a mining company for issuing local
orders and resolutions against mining. The killer of slain anti-mining
advocate Armin Rios Marin was only sentenced three years of
imprisonment. However, the province successfully discouraged a
Canada-based mining company to continue its mining explorations.