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No to Mining in Palawan, an Open Letter by 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 bio diversity sites – which means it is part of the 70% bio diversity 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 eco system is fragile.

Mining is not the way to go for Palawan. I have five eco tourism 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 thousands 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!!!

10 thoughts on “No to Mining in Palawan, an Open Letter by Ms. Gina Lopez Leave a comment

  1. If the Gina Lopez and the ABS-CBN foundation truly want to save our environment she should start first by cleaning up the oil spill in Makati that was caused by the Lopez owned First Philippine Industrial Corporation (FPIC).Probably the only reason why she is pushing for this petition is to call attention to her eco-tourism projects in Palawan.

  2. I hope that whoever made that comment has done something that has benefited the environment and the local communities as much as Ms. Gina Lopez's efforts in Palawan.

  3. The Lopez family owns a lot of companies in different industries that contributes hazards and dangers to the environment and the society. If they are truly sincere with their advocacy for the environment's preservation and society's welfare, they should never campaign against the mining community who is also trying to improve the quality of life in Palawan by offering jobs, free education, free health services and many benefits to the people while implementing RESPONSIBLE MINING METHODS to preserve the beauty of the province. If they are truly sincere, they should start with their own companies, FPIC and MERALCO. The oil leak in Makati is disastrous and currently the Philippines rank #1 in Asia as the country with the most expensive electricity. If they are truly concerned, they will try solving these issues first before bashing at other's business. I also want to preserve the environment, not just in Palawan but in the whole country. Let us not be selective and think first before we agree to such claims.

  4. Gina Lopez does not know a thing about mining… the biggest hypocrite of all! starting all of this without looking at the benefits of mining…the benefits which she, herself reaps… from her cellphone, to her gold dolphin pendant, to the towers of abs-cbn…

  5. It is clearly stated that the government should ban mining in Palawan, not in the whole world. Please read the article first and try to understand the contents before commenting. Your comments are good but it the the contents are not related for the topic.

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