The 20th of June 2019 marks the expiration of the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) between the Philippine government and the OceanaGold Mining Company operating in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. It is the first company to be awarded an FTAA under the Mining Act of 1995, which allows 100% foreign ownership of operations. The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) joins the local communities, environmental advocates and Filipinos in the call for non-renewal of OceanaGold’s FTAA because of its negative impacts to the environment and local communities’ well-being, most of which are indigenous and rural people.
Every June 8th, World Oceans Day stands as a marker for the celebration and commemoration of all the oceans around the globe. It encourages people to discover what the oceans mean to them, learn its biodiversity and our interconnectedness with it, become a beacon of change for eco-friendly pursuits, and celebrate our wondrous connection with the oceans and its natural resources.
The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines welcomes this year’s theme for the World Environment Day, “Beat Air Pollution.” This presents the reality of an environment plundered. Today, we would like to express our solidarity to all communities affected by severe environmental pollution impacting their health, livelihood and well-being.