A signature campaign started on February 3rd, 2011 against mining activities in Palawan, one of the strongholds of biodiversity in the Philippines. The Save Palawan Movement aims to gather 10 million signatures and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega, a wildlife veterinarian, radio broadcaster and environmentalist whose murder early this year may relate to his outspoken crusade against the industry because of the environmental damage it causes.
“We jail people for killing one or two persons. How about institutions or people who ravage the environment and cause the death of hundreds or thousands? The floods of Palawan are absolutely due to mining – due to denudation of forests.” – Doc Gerry Ortega
You can sign the petition and learn more about the campaign here: NoToMiningInPalawan
Please join me and the Palawan movement in their march to 10 million signatures to stop mining in Palawan. The numbers are rising and with your signatures below we can make difference. To join, you can do any of the ff:
SIGN VIA TEXT:
- Send to 2366 NOTE: PhP 2.50 per text
- Any JRS Express Branch (nationwide)
- Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to (632) 415-2227
1. Send an email to all your friends
2. Post a link on your Facebook wall
Second, paste in the text below or write your own message to encourage your friends to sign the petition.
3. Show support through your Facebook profile pic
4. Bookmark site pages on Stumbleupon.com
5. Tweet to Save Palawan
SAVE PALAWAN MOVEMENT – SAY NO TO MINING
The Save Palawan Movement, a multi-sectoral coalition of concerned environmental, legal religious and other civic groups launched the “No to Mining in Palawan” signature campaign on February 3rd, 2011 in the hope of putting an end to mining activities in Palawan, known as the Philippines’ Last Ecological Frontier.
The campaign aims to raise ten million signatures to deliver a strong message to the Philippine and Palawan governments so that they would finally say no to mining in Palawan and help protect one of the Philippines’ last remaining treasures.
Present at the launch were ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Gina Lopez, Palawan Mayor Edward Hagedorn, “running priest” Fr. Robert Reyes, environment leaders Clemente Bautista (Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment) and Atty. Jose Andres Canivel (Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation), and Rhodora Angela Ferrer of the Catholica Educational Association of the Philippines.
They were joined by Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas (WWF-Philippines) president Jose Lorenzo Tan, country director for Conservation International Romy Trono, Atty. Gerthie Mayo-Anda of Environmental Legal Asistance Center, executive director of Palawan NGO Network Inc. Atty Bobby Chan, Tanggol Kalikasan executive director Atty. Rolly Bisquera–Sheen, Alyansa Tigil Mina national coördinator Jaybee Garganera and various leaders of the environmental movement in the country.
The ten million signature campaign came about after the killing of Dr. Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega, a civic leader who championed protection of Palawan’s rich biodiversity and an outspoken critic of mining operations in Palawan.
- [Petition] A Million Signatures for Truth, Justice and Press Freedom – ramatak.net (hronlineph.wordpress.com)