MANILA, April 28 — The social advocacy, development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) applauds Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez for banning all prospective open-pit mines in the country.
“We support DENR’s move to ban open pit mining. Sec. Gina Lopez is doing what is right, she is not bowing to please the CA (Commission on Appointments) that makes her even more qualified to take lead of the DENR,” said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines.
He noted that they are against the mining activity since it destroys the environment.
“We have been advocating to stop or open pit mining because it practically deforest the mining areas, and many watershed ecosystems are being destroyed causing flooding, erosion,” he said
The Catholic priest added that such activity also affects the people.
“Farmers are affected and so as the indigenous peoples,” Gariguez said.