Published December 2nd, 2009
(AFA and PAKISAMA support the campaign of the people of Mindoro against the entry of large-scale foreign mining that will destroy, among others, watershed areas and agricultural lands in the island province. One of PAKISAMA’s youth farmer leaders held a hunger strike during the World Food Summit in Rome in November, in solidarity with other farmers and indigenous peoples who staged a hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City, to demand the cancellation of an environmental compliance certificate granted to Norwegian mining company Intex.)
With the temporary revocation of the environmental clearance certificate (ECC) for the Mindoro Nickel Project, protesters are celebrating partial victory against the operations of Intex Resources, even as they vowed to continue their opposition to all mining activities on the resource-rich island.
“We claim this as a victory, although the ECC was not totally cancelled,” said Alyansa Tigil Mina coordinator Jaybee Gargarena in a telephone interview Monday. “This will be a long struggle still,” he added.
On Friday, 25 protesters composed of indigenous peoples, priests, and other affected residents of Mindoro island ended their 11-day hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) offices after Sec. Joselito Atienza announced that he had temporarily revoked the ECC of the mining company.