ALYANSA TIGIL MINA
A coalition of organizations and groups
who have decided to collectively challenge
the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines.
WE ARE AGAINST MINING AS IT IS BEING PRACTICED TODAY.
The alliance aims to shift the policy framework on extracting minerals in the Philippines, from simply "extracting and profiting from mining minerals" to "mineral management towards national industrialization".
ATM Statement: Mining and pandemics: The continuing burden and suffering of Filipinos
Quezon City – It is with deep anguish that our alliance commemorates the 26th anniversary of the passage of RA 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. That is more than a quarter of a century of misery faced by mining-affected communities and destruction of the environment and our precious natural resources.
The sorrow grows deeper as we stand in solidarity with the people of Marinduque, who are commemorating as well the 25th anniversary of the Marcopper Mining Tragedy that devastated the province.
To re-call this tragic and irresponsible event, Marcopper mines dumped an estimated 200 million tons of toxic tailings into Calancan Bay between 1975-1991. On March 24, 1996, a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper’s Tapian pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River. However, three years before that, the company’s Maguila-guila siltation dam also burst, flooding the town of Mogpog, where two children drowned in the mine waste.
Justice remains elusive for the Marinduquenos, as Mogpog and Boac rivers remain biologically dead. Calancan Bay is still unhealthy for swimming or harvesting its aquatic products. Health problems of directly-individuals by the mine spill remain unaddressed. The ordinary farmers as well as the provincial government of Marinduque have not been compensated. Those who have bravely filed cases against Marcopper are dwindling, facing their deaths but failed to see justice.
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