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MANILA — The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed support for embattled Environment Secretary Regina Lopez as she faces the Commission on Appointments (COA) for her confirmation this week.

 

Various farmers and fishers groups and leaders have also come forward to support Lopez while some have mounted a signature campaign fo supporter her confirmation by the CA, according to farm leader Vicente Domingo.

 

Former Philippine Agricultural Journalists president Alfred Gabot, co-founder of the Save Laguna Lake Movement and the Save Lingayen Gulf Movement, and groups have also come forward to support Secretary Lopez.

 

In a statement, the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) or Caritas Philippines said Lopez has so far been effective in her duties and has shown profound understanding of integral and holistic approach to resource conservation and environmental management.

 

Last week, Lopez alleged that congressmen were offered P50 million to vote against her confirmation after she ordered the closure of 23 mines and the scrapping of 75 mining contracts affecting watershed areas.

 

Lopez has earned the words of praise from the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) over the recent cancellation of 75 mining permits under the contract of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) operating mainly in the country’s major watersheds.

 

In a statement, Pamalakaya Chairperson Fernando Hicap said this will initially bring environmental and social justice to the struggling-people who have been resisting against large-scale mining operations for the protection and conservation of our environment and social rights of the people.

 

PAMALAKAYA said rural people particularly farmers and fisherfolk are always the front-line casualties of large-scale mining operations due to environmental and marine degradation inflicted by wanton mining activities.

 

We must say well done, Secretary Lopez. Her firm stand against large-scale mining is highly notable. Large-scale mining activities always pose threat to the community, economic and social rights of the rural people through community displacement, livelihood destruction and environmental disasters,” Hicap said.

 

The fisherfolk group said the DENR’s anti-mining stance should be transformed into a total anti-mining policy because as soon as the existing mining law, the Mining Act of 1995 still exists, big-time mining corporations would still assert and justify their illegal takeover and plunder of our natural resources and minerals.

 

Lopez believes that her decision could affect her confirmation of appointment “because I know that mining funds political campaigns.”  

 

NASSA said Lopez “has introduced stronger biodiversity protection programs, increased emphasis and support for more sustainable projects like community-based ecotourism, and strengthened interagency collaboration towards clean air, clean water and transformative climate change policies – all within the framework of genuine partnership with environmental NGOs, church, academe, youth, farmers and fisherfolk.”

 

“She has courageously enforced the country’s environmental laws, often at great personal risk, not for ambition but for unwavering principle and commitment to the Filipino people.

 

“She revoked a number of deeply flawed extractive operations that already caused great suffering to poor communities. As a result, the pressure to block her appointment and remove her from office has been mounting,” it added.

 

 

MANILA — The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed support for embattled Environment Secretary Regina Lopez as she faces the Commission on Appointments (COA) for her confirmation this week.

 

Various farmers and fishers groups and leaders have also come forward to support Lopez while some have mounted a signature campaign fo supporter her confirmation by the CA, according to farm leader Vicente Domingo.

 

Former Philippine Agricultural Journalists president Alfred Gabot, co-founder of the Save Laguna Lake Movement and the Save Lingayen Gulf Movement, and groups have also come forward to support Secretary Lopez.

 

In a statement, the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) or Caritas Philippines said Lopez has so far been effective in her duties and has shown profound understanding of integral and holistic approach to resource conservation and environmental management.

 

Last week, Lopez alleged that congressmen were offered P50 million to vote against her confirmation after she ordered the closure of 23 mines and the scrapping of 75 mining contracts affecting watershed areas.

 

Lopez has earned the words of praise from the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) over the recent cancellation of 75 mining permits under the contract of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) operating mainly in the country’s major watersheds.

 

In a statement, Pamalakaya Chairperson Fernando Hicap said this will initially bring environmental and social justice to the struggling-people who have been resisting against large-scale mining operations for the protection and conservation of our environment and social rights of the people.

 

PAMALAKAYA said rural people particularly farmers and fisherfolk are always the front-line casualties of large-scale mining operations due to environmental and marine degradation inflicted by wanton mining activities.

 

We must say well done, Secretary Lopez. Her firm stand against large-scale mining is highly notable. Large-scale mining activities always pose threat to the community, economic and social rights of the rural people through community displacement, livelihood destruction and environmental disasters,” Hicap said.

 

The fisherfolk group said the DENR’s anti-mining stance should be transformed into a total anti-mining policy because as soon as the existing mining law, the Mining Act of 1995 still exists, big-time mining corporations would still assert and justify their illegal takeover and plunder of our natural resources and minerals.

 

Lopez believes that her decision could affect her confirmation of appointment “because I know that mining funds political campaigns.”  

 

NASSA said Lopez “has introduced stronger biodiversity protection programs, increased emphasis and support for more sustainable projects like community-based ecotourism, and strengthened interagency collaboration towards clean air, clean water and transformative climate change policies – all within the framework of genuine partnership with environmental NGOs, church, academe, youth, farmers and fisherfolk.”

 

“She has courageously enforced the country’s environmental laws, often at great personal risk, not for ambition but for unwavering principle and commitment to the Filipino people.

 

“She revoked a number of deeply flawed extractive operations that already caused great suffering to poor communities. As a result, the pressure to block her appointment and remove her from office has been mounting,” it added.

 

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