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ATM Statement | November 21 2022

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) threw its support behind a proposed bill in the House of Representatives banning all forms of mining operations in the Island of Mindoro, including blacksand mining, armour rock mining and mineral extraction. โ€œWe are excited about this and will actively support its enactment. This is indeed a welcome move, especially among advocates against destructive mining.โ€ Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator. โ€œIt sends an encouraging signal to mining-affected communities to continue the fight against harmful mining operations.โ€ House Bill 3891 or โ€œAn Act Declaring the Island of Mindoro a Mining-Free Zone, Prohibiting All Forms of Mining Operations and Providing Penalties Thereforโ€ is authored by Rep. Arnan Panaligan. It aims to preserve and protect the natural resources of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. โ€œConsidering that Mindoro has suffered the impact of environmental destruction, such as flooding, it is reassuring that the bill seeks to preserve the natural resources of the island, thereby preventing disasters in the future," Garganera said. Garganera urged members of Congress to approve the bill at the same time that he encouraged House Representatives of mining-affected areas to author a similar bill for their provinces. #BanOpenPitMining #ResponsibleMiningIsFakeNews

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