Please Support No To Mining in Palawan


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The province of Palawan is a real paradise. It is a Philippines' gem. But sadly, the mining is destroying this beautiful place.

A Letter from Ms. Gina Lopez

My dear friends,

On January 24 a very dear friend and colleague Gerry Ortega was shot in the head dead. I was just with him that weekend - and a few minutes before he died what we were discussing over the phone was an anti-mining campaign in Palawan - given that on December, two huge mining applications were railroaded - and they were to be near protected sites.


Gerry is dead but we will not let go of his dreams - and mine - and probably yours too.

Palawan has 17 key biodiversity sites - which means it is part of the 70% biodiversity sites which are essential for sustaining life in the planet. It has 2 world heritage sites, 8 protected sites. Yet if you see Palawan on the map you will note that it is a very thin island - which is 82% mountain. It means that if the forest gets denuded and the minerals excavated - the tailings seep directly into the sea affecting the coral reefs. The top soil is thin - and the island ecosystem is fragile.

Mining is not the way to go for Palawan. I have five ecotourism sites wherein the communities involved can now send their children to school, can dream bigger dreams. Mayor Hagedorn in Puerto Princesa has banned mining and logging - and focused on tourism and agriculture. From 2 flights a week, Puerto Princesa now boasts 10 flights a day. His revenues have gone up from several million to several billion.

Mining as an economic path in a magnificent "Last Frontier" is based on a paradigm of economic growth that is myopic and archaic . In this age of climate change and global warming, any economic development that does not recognize and revere the web of life should be thrown in the dustbin.

Please please support the ten million signature campaign to Stop Mining in Palawan. The richness of Palawan is the wealth and pride of the country, it is the wealth of the world. Log in to www.no2mininginpalawan.com . register your vote and please please send it to thousand others. You can also include your household by downloading the form, printing it - and faxing it to 4152227 or you can scan it and send it to signatures@no2mininginpalawan.com. Questions can be sent to signatures@no2mininginpalawan.com.

Please pass on to everyone!!! Thanks!!!


Gina Lopez
Managing Director
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.

Photo via LakbayPilipinas.com

7 Comments

  • gravatar Anonymous
    February 4, 2011 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    I have to support NO TO MINING IN PALAWAN because it really damage the natural resources and it will affects to animals and mainly to basic needs to all humanity.
    I am a teacher here in Manticao, Misamis Oriental and it is visible the effects of Mining even a small scale operating now in our area. Trees here is denuding because the mining operators use the trunk of the trees as their timber log.
    Only the operators, DENR officials and some political group that are enjoying the profit out from their products.
    Let us pray to God that people will support on this petition to shun mining not only in Palawan but all areas in the Philippines to prevent the ongoing damage of the OZONE LAYER.

  • February 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    @comment 1 thank you so much

  • gravatar Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

    i will support d no mining in palawan...god bless us

  • gravatar Anonymous
    March 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    i will support d no to mining movement. God bless us..... I believe this successful one. We will not let this happen to our mother earth. Our young generation is the one who will suffer if this happen. Pls join us in this petition.

  • gravatar Anonymous
    April 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    "To the LORD our God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it." (Deuteronomy 10:14)

    You shall not pollute the land in which you live.... You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell" (Numbers 35:33-34)

    We have no right to destroy it....Let us preserve this God-made place....
    ...:-)
    GOD BLESS

  • gravatar Anonymous
    August 10, 2011 at 8:38 PM | Permalink

    wag na po tayong umutang sa kalikasan dahil ang mahal ng kabayaran..NO TO MINING...

  • gravatar Anonymous
    December 10, 2011 at 12:26 AM | Permalink

    Please check your "No to mining Palawan.com" I can't vote because of the warning in my computer that it is not safe to proceed. Someone is probably trying to block or corrupt the line or some sort of scare tactics by the other side in order not to proceed in casting the votes for "no to mining Palawan". I'll try again next week, hoping that things are corrected. 12/09/11 thanks

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