PMPI supports the Marinduque Environment Code Recognizing the Rights of Nature and for a Mining-Free Zone at Marinduque Island
We at Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI), express our wholehearted endorsement and steadfast support for the Marinduque Environment Code, for its vision to protect the island’s ecosystem by protecting its rights and most particularly its firm stance against mining activities.
PMPI welcomes the integration of the recognition of the Rights of Nature perspective into the proposed Marinduque Environment Code of 2023. This represents a significant stride towards safeguarding the island’s ecosystems from destructive activities like mining.
The tragic event in 1996, where the Boac River suffered irreversible damage due to the neglect of Marcopper Mining Corporation, serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences of irresponsible mining practices. The lasting impacts of Marcopper Mining in the people’s lives, encompassing environmental degradation, the loss of aquatic life, illnesses, and the tragic loss of innocent lives, underscore the urgent need to prioritize the preservation of Marinduque’s rich natural resources.
Recognizing the Rights of nature on the island demands that Marinduque’s designation as a mining reserve should be rescinded. The island be recognized instead as a mining-free zone and all mining permit applications should be stopped.
We also commend the recognition of the Rights of Nature in the proposed Marinduque Environment Code of 2023, a landmark step towards the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of future generations of Marinduqueños. The Rights of Nature bill is crucial in providing additional protection to Marinduque’s rich ecosystems.
We also implore the national government to actively contribute to local efforts to restore and protect their environment with the passage of this code ensuring the restoration of nature and the safety of the people on this island and recognize it as a mining-free zone.
We trust that the Sangguniang Bayan will pass the bill unanimously. If passed, it will also serve as a crucial step in ensuring not only the protection of its ecosystem but also sustainable development for the province. It can spawn an adoption of a way of life that considers the mutually beneficial relationship of the people in the community with nature. A healthy ecosystem means healthy people, enjoying all the benefits and rights together can lead to a more sustainable future.