Tag Archive: DENR

Philippine Movement for Climate Justice

Groups bring Anti-Coal struggle to Supreme Court

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, along with the communities and other civil society organizations (CSOs), filed the first ever case on coal in the Supreme Court against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for neglecting its duty to act as vanguards of energy security and environmental sustainability.

BAN Toxics statement on mercury poisoning in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

A study by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reported that most of the more than 10,000 residents of both Sta. Lourdes and Tagburos, Puerto Princesa suffer from mercury poisoning. The report states that residents have been exposed to this toxic chemical primarily through three modes: the 3-hectare pit lake (formerly an open pit mercury mining area), the city’s sanitary
landfill (built over a mined out area) and the Tagburos River which leads to Honda Bay.

Protest | Pixabay/ tiburi

Youth group denounces CA’s rejection of Gina Lopez’s confirmation

Youth group lambasted the recent rejection of Commission of Appointments over Gina Lopez’s confirmation as DENR secretary. KAISA-Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan called out the CA for prioritizing business interests over a people-centered development in the mining industry and in the pursuit of climate justice.

Gina Lopez | MrLofi, Flickr

To the 13 Members of the CA: ‘You betrayed the people!’

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) condemns the decision of the Commission of Appointments (CA) to terminate its deliberation on Gina Lopez’s confirmation as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary. With a vote of 13-11, environment warrior Gina Lopez failed to convince the CA members to continue her crusade to protect the environment and the people against irresponsible corporations.

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Higher tobacco taxes can compensate losses from mine closures — health group

Following the disclosure by a “certain government official” that the losses incurred as a result of the issuance several mine closure and suspension orders could amount up to P77 billion, HealthJustice Philippines, a public health think tank and advocacy group, pointed out that such losses can be compensated by revenues from the tobacco tax.

BAN Toxics statement on calls of small-scale miners in Camarines Norte for dialogue with government

Today, roughly a thousand small-scale miners attended ARAW NG MGA WALANG PUSO, Protesta Laban sa Pagsisikil sa Karapatan ng mga Maliliit na Magkakabod, a peaceful rally in Daet, Camarines Norte to oppose the massive shut down of small-scale mining operations in the province. These miners marched around the Provincial Capitol and then held a program in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). They called on government to consider the plight of the poor Filipino small-scale miner and to enter a dialogue to achieve the formalization of their sector.

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Higher tobacco taxes can compensate losses from mine closures — health group

Following the disclosure by a “certain government official” that the losses incurred as a result of the issuance several mine closure and suspension orders could amount up to P77 billion, HealthJustice Philippines, a public health think tank and advocacy group, pointed out that such losses can be compensated by revenues from the tobacco tax.

Crackdown on small-scale mining in Camarines Norte hurting the poorest BAN Toxics renews calls for gov’t to formalize small-scale mining

On a good day, a woman miner earns PHP 162.00 after a hard day shoveling sand and panning gold in a remote town in Camarines Norte. Her income, together with her miner husband’s, is barely enough to put food on the table and send their children to school. Now, in the wake of DENR’s crackdown on mining that does not differentiate mining corporations from artisanal and small-scale miners, they have nothing.

SMC Don’t Beat Around The Bush!

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), its member Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM) and the people of Limay, Bataan told SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. to stop avoiding the real issue and refrain from misleading the people in what is actually happening in the ground.