If its quest to look into alternative energy sources is genuine, the government should rid of corporate ownership and control of the nation’s energy industry. The answer is not to commercialize development projects meant to provide basic services such as electricity, but to nationalize them and utilize this as a vital and strategic step for national industrialization. The search for better, alternative sources of energy should not entail damage to the people and environment.
The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines strongly condemns the inclusion of many environmental defenders in the so-called “terror list” of the Philippine government. This is a clear attack on the environment, and people’s civil and political rights. In this time of environmental crisis, those that protect it should be considered heroes instead of terrorists.
This month marks the 23rd year of legal plunder of our country’s minerals under the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. It promises national growth and development while ostensibly safeguarding the environment and protecting the rights of communities, but its neoliberal framework for profit has unleashed destruction on vast swathes of ecosystems and human rights violations.