Anti-big-scale mining coalition seeks mining law repeal

Anti-big-scale mining group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is urging the government to replace Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 with a law that is “pro-Filipino and pro-environment”. ATM claimed the present law has paved the way for plunder of the country’s mineral wealth, as well as mining-related environmental destruction. These are on top of adverse health impacts, displacement of people, and human rights abuses across the country, according to ATM national coordinator Jaybee Gerganera. “Our country didn’t benefit from RA 7942,” he said Monday (March 5)…

Cong. Velasco, DENR Secretary Cimatu discuss Marcopper issue

Cong. Lord Allan Jay Velasco of the Lone District of Marinduque paid a courtesy call to the office of Sec. Roy Cimatu of the Department and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on January 25, 2018. Congressman Velasco expressed his concern over the present condition of the structures left by Marcopper Mining Corporation in the province and the need to address the structural breaches in the mines and dams at the old mining site. Twenty years after Marcopper Mining disaster, the structures still pose an immediate threat to the life and…