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Catholic priest gets international award for Mindoro mining fight


MANILA, Philippines—A Catholic priest who led a group of tribal and community leaders in 2009 in an 11-day hunger strike to protest large-scale mining in Mindoro is among the six recipients of the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize, the foundation announced.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez received the award for “leading a grassroots movement against a large-scale nickel mine to protect Mindoro Island’s biodiversity and its indigenous people,” the US-based Goldman awards, the world’s largest prize program for grassroots environmental activists, said in a statement.

Gariguez and five other awardees from Argentina, China, Kenya, Russia and the US were described by the foundation as “a group of fearless emerging leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities.”

Gariguez served as head of the Mangyan Mission in Mindoro before he was appointed in 2010 as executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace, the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

In Mindoro, he actively campaigned against the operations of the Norwegian Intex Resources, whose nickel mining project covers 11,216.6 hectares in the towns of Victoria, Pola and Socorro in Oriental Mindoro and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro.

In November 2009, Gariguez led a group of 25 Mangyan and community leaders from Oriental and Occidental Mindoro who launched a hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to demand for the cancellation of the nickel mining project. The 11-day protest fast ended after the DENR indefinitely suspended the project’s environmental compliance certificate.

“Protecting the rights of the poor should take precedence over corporate greed,” said Gariguez in his acceptance speech. “Genuine development must prioritize the need to ensure ecological sustainability over market profitability. We must never sacrifice people and the environment for short-term benefit of the few.”

Fr. Edwin Gariguez with children in a Mangyan community on Mindoro island.

The Goldman Environmental Prize, now in its 23rd year, is awarded annually to grassroots environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions and is the largest award for grassroots activism with an individual cash prize of $150,000, the foundation said.

The winners will be awarded the Prize at an invitation-only ceremony on April 16 at 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Opera House. A smaller ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. will follow on Wednesday, April 18.

This year’s other winners are:

Ikal Angelei, Kenya

Risking her life, Ikal Angelei is fighting the construction of the massive Gibe 3 Dam that would block access to water for indigenous communities around Lake Turkana.

Ma Jun, China

Ma Jun is working with corporations to clean up their practices with an online database and digital map that shows Chinese citizens which factories are violating environmental regulations in their country.

Evgenia Chirikova, Russia

Challenging rampant political corruption, Evgenia Chirikova is mobilizing her fellow Russian citizens to demand the rerouting of a highway that would bisect Khimki Forest, Moscow’s “green lungs.”

Caroline Cannon, USA

Caroline Cannon is bringing the voice and perspective of her Inupiat community in Point Hope to the battle to keep Arctic waters safe from offshore oil and gas drilling.

Sofia Gatica, Argentina

A mother whose infant died as a result of pesticide poisoning, Sofía Gatica is organizing local women to stop indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals in neighboring soy fields.

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.


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Tags: Edwin Gariguez , environmental issues , Goldman Environmental Prize , Intex Resources , Mindoro

  • White24

    I am proud to note that this man, Fr. Edu Gariguez was once my spiritual director.. Congratulations fr. Edu,, you deserved it… :)
     

  • AA_bot

    Another example of blind and uneducated protesting against mining. If you dislike mining so much then be prepared to go back to a Stone Age lifestyle.  The anti-mining activists are hypocrites when they themselves use products that are derived from mining activities. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL64JYOO4HDK3K76IVWRS6CDGI Danny

      Who is blind and uneducated in this case ?

      • AA_bot

        Hopefully you’re not among them.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7CZYPZWNB37S6GTPBJQF6Y7BM Fight D Bigots

      Mining provides jobs for the locals who will be employed for their cheap labor. The mining industry calls that job generation. They will mine and leave the area devastated, the soil, waters etc. They wouldn’t mind as they’re able to generate jobs and give the local government taxes. Never mind the collateral damage.

      The mining bosses will leave with fat bank balances and leave behind the impoverished people, now even poorer and without a good environment to provide them food, and a safe ground for them to live.

      • AA_bot

        Reads like a press release from Gina Lopez, she of the clan that pollutes the airwaves and stupidifies many Filipinos with a daily dose of brainless entertainment often disguised as “news”.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    I admire you Fr. Gariguez for your dedication sa pagtulong at ang walang takot na paglaban sa mga nagmimina at mga protectors nito……doble lang po ang ingat at baka may nagbabalak na patahimikin kayo dahil ang yaman nila ay nababawasan…..

  • publicpolicy

    Congratulations Fr. Edu. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Dapat pinabayaan na lang ng DENR na magutom yang mga yan dahil kakain din yan pag di na nakatiis…Ano gusto ng mga ito itigil na ang paggwa ng trabaho, itigil ang paggwa ng pera na galing sa mina. Marami na ang nasisiraan ng bait ngayon. Lahat na lang ng nasa paligid ay ayaw ipagalaw pra mapakinabangan…Hirap na mga tao at mga walang trabaho, pero itong mga makasarili na ito sinusuportahan pa ng mga maraming sira ulo. 

    Wag putulin ang puno, wag minahin ang ginto, wag hulihin ang balyena…Ano na lang gagamitin natin kung di magputol nga kahoy, anong silbi ng ginto kung pababayan lang sa lupa at ano pang matitira sa mga isda kung dumami na mga balyena, pating at dolphin at sila na uubos ng mga isda na sana pra sa mga tao.

    Habang dumami ang tao, tumataas ang demand at ang supply galing sa kalikasan.. Mahalin mo ang kalikasan-pinapatay mo ang tao. Isa sa kanila dapat mag sakripisyo pra mabuhay ang isa…piliin natin na mabuhay ang tao at hindi hayop o kalikasan…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL64JYOO4HDK3K76IVWRS6CDGI Danny

      Hindi mo lubhang nauunawaan na ang buhay ng tao at ng kalikasan ay magkakaugnay . Bigyan pansin ang kabutihan di lamang ng kasalukuyan kundi ang kinabukasan ng mga generasyon na darating pa . Alamin ang kahulugan ng ‘common good’ .

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

        Danny sabihin mo yan sa mga bata, alam ko na lahat yang mag pinagsasabi mo kaya nga kontra ako sa mga katulad nyo na sarado ang mga utak….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7CZYPZWNB37S6GTPBJQF6Y7BM Fight D Bigots

      Do you know what causes global warming? What do you think triggered the flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro, in Iligan that killed hundreds of people?

      Alam mo ba ang nangyari sa Marcopper sa Marinduque?

      Kung hindi mo alam wag ka na lang magsalita, dahil mukha kang istupido sa mga sinasabi mo. honest, mukha kang ni hindi nakagraduate ng elementary sa klase ng reasoning mo at understanding.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7CZYPZWNB37S6GTPBJQF6Y7BM Fight D Bigots

        o siguro kasama ka sa mga bayaran ng ng mining firms

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

        Hindi ako kasama dyan, pero nagtatrabaho ako sa minahan ng langis…dito sa dagat kaya alam ko lahat ng polusyon na sinasabi mo.

        Isa rin ako sa bilyong tao na nakikinabang ng mga produkto ng mina lalo na ng langis.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

        Ganon din paningin ko sa inyo na mga makakalikasan..Paningin ko sa inyo mga tanga. Akala nyo mapipigilan nyo ang global warming, o in general ang pagkasira ng mundo. Maaring mapabagal nyo ito dahil sa inyo mga ginagawa pero aminin nyo sa sarili nyo na habang dumadami ang tao, kung anong polusyon ang nangyayari ngayon, kung gaano karaming carbon emission, habang dumadami ang mga sasakyan…Honestly di natin mapipigilan ang pagkawasak ng mundo. Tataas ang lahat ng bagay na nakakasira sa mundo unless pigilan nyo pagdami ng tao.

        Kung meron mang nangyayaring sakuna sa mga pagmimina ito ay dahil sa kapabayaan ng iilan. Kayang kontrolin ang anumang waste na manggaling sa mga minahang ito o i relocate ang mga taong maaapektuhan. May mga paraan dyan pero ang totally i banned yan ay isang malaking katangahan…

        Kung disaster at pollution lang ang pag uusapan, gaano na ba karaming polusyon naidulot ng mga sumabog na mga oil rig, recently yung sa gulf of mexico, milyong tonelada ng mga langis na mula sa naglalakihang tanker vessel na nagdalala at nadidisgrasya at natatapon lang at nakaksira ng kalikasan, pero totally ba na banned ang oil drilling o oil transport? Hindi di ba, dahil kailangan ito ng mundo, kailangan ito ng tao. Pero syempre nandyan na nailatag na lahat ang pollution control methods and procedures.

        Ah yung nagyari sa Iligan, CDO, libo ang namatay dun hindi lang hundreds. Hindi mo maisisisi yan sa logging. Kung nakapunta kna dun, masyadong matataas ang bundok dun ang ang CDO na nandun sa tbi lang ng dagat, at mga tao na naktira na sa ilog. Wag mong sabihin na dahil di na mapigilan ng puno ang tubig dahil naputol na ang mga puno…Kung di kpa nakapunta dun, makikita mo ang bundok dun na green na green sa taba ng mga puno pero ano magagawa ng mga ito sa sobrang lakas ng ulan na dala ng bagyo….Tanga lang nagsasabi na mapipigilan ng mga puno ang dami ng tubig na ibinuhos sa matataas na bundok….syempre san yan pupunta by gravity eh di dun mababang lugar sa Iligan/CDO via river. Lahat ng nasawi dun nakatira sa tabing ilog.

        Marinduque na nman gusto mong example, ilan namatay dun 2 bata? at ang mga report dun na sensationalized na lang pra malaki ang claim.

        Lahat ng ginagawa natin maaring makasira sa kalikasan pero di natin pwedeng itigil dahil yun ay kailangan, kontrolin ay pwede…Palagay ko pari ka at naniniwala ka naman siguro na ang mundo ay may katapusan.

  • glenn120

    To Enrico,
    kung payag sa ka sa mining, sige uminom ka ng tubig na may lason na galing sa minahan. Maligo ka sa putikan kami sa malinis na ilog o batis. Kumain ka ng ginto kami kanin at gulay. Singhutin mo ang mga alikabok kami sariwang hangin.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

      Ganon ba. Eh wag ka na ring gumamit ng sasakyan ha at ang langis nyan galing sa mina, ang battery nyan may toxic na makaksira sa kalikasan ang makina nyan nagbubuga ng usok at may lead na dala. Wag ka na ring gumamit ng Celphone dahil mayron yang rare earth na galing din sa pagmimina, at mga metal sa mina rin yan galing, plastic at battery rin….Balik na lang tayo sa stone age pra lahat sariwa at walang polusyon…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

      Maglakad ka na lang ha para makatulong ka sa kalikasan. Wag ka na rin gagamit ng damit dahil ang pinantahi dyan ay galing sa pagmimina ng bakal. Sige na nga mag tsinelas ka man lang dahil galing lang nman sa rubber tree kalimitan na gamit natin, di nman namina yun naitatanim lang.

  • pepengkabayo

    Ganyan talaga ang mga pari sa Mindoro, umaaksiyon ng walang publicity.
    Makikita  mo na lang ang resulta at internationally recognized pa.
    Lumaban, hindi humingi ng tulong financial at walang publicity.
    Good Job.

    Hindi katulad ni Gina Lopez pulos publicity,pulos hingi ng tulong ng signatures sa Save Palawan gayong yon project niya na Save Pasig river hindi pa tapos.

    Congratulation mahal na pari 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize,awardee.
    Fr. Edwin Gariguez.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Sa lahat ng mga anti-mining- wag na kayo magpagawa ng bahay ha at magpuptol kayo nga kahoy, masisira ang kalikasan. Antayin nyo na lang na may mahulog na tuyong dahon ng niyog at matumbang mga puno bago kayo magpagaw ng bahay(at least di kayo guilty na nagputol). Wag kayong papagawa ng sementadong bahay dahil galing yan sa pagmimina ng semento at pagmimina na bakal. Wag na kayong gagamit ng celphone, laptop, at mga sasakyan(land, air, sea) dahil lahat yan may nanggaling sa pagmimina……………………..Kung di nyo kayang gawin lahat yan…………magsitahimik na lang kayo para di kayo mahalatang mga ipokrito!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Di natin kelangan ipatigil ang pagmimina ang dapat nating siguradin na sumusunod ang minahan sa mga condition at batas na nararapat sa mga trabahante at waste disposal, pag iingat sa property, sa kalikasan lalo na sa mga tao/komunidad na malapit dito para ma minimize and epekto nito. 

    Marami ang pakinabanang ng pagmimina. Nagbibigay ito ng trabaho sa mga minero(engrs, scientist, geologist, chemist), transport workers(air, land, sea), worker sa mga planta at manufacturing, trabahante sa marketing at lalo na ang malaking pakinabang sa mga end user-ang mga consumers.

    Sama sama nating suportahan ang pagmimina, ganon din, sama sama natin suportahan ang mga control measures to reduce the effect of mining to our people and environment. Ilan sa mga ito- 
    1, Magtipid sa kuryente – mababwasan ang heat emission ng mga appliances, coal ang oil consumption ng mga power plant at carbon emission na rin.  
    2. Wag sumunod sa uso  - pag konti bumibili ng gadget lalo na cellphone, mababawsan ang production ng mga ito, mababawasan ang pagmimina ng raw material. 
    3. Use your car wisely – kung mag isa ka lang at malapit lang pupunthan, maglakad ka na lang o mag commute, gamitin mo lang car mo kung maramihan na kau at kung kinakailangan. Mababawasan sasakyan sa daan at smoke and heat emission.
    4. Mag recycle – wag tapon ng tapon, lumang gulong pwedeng gawin pot, use plastic bags pwedeng lagyan ng basura. Ibang bagy pwede ibenta sa junk shop at yung mga nabubulok pwedeng gawing pataba. Wag magtapon ng battery in any form kung saan saan, mas mabuti na ipunin na lang muna ito at itapon ng maramihan at hiwalay sa ibang basura para mapansin ng basurero at magwa ang proper disposal dhil toxic ang mga ito.

    Di natin kelangan mag laban laban but to help one another to properly harness the richness of our natural resources. Lahat tayo dapat makinabang kung ano meron ang ating kapaligiran. Gamitin natin ito ng tama. 

  • PublicPolicy101

    Si Gina Lopez puro PR works lang para pagtakpan ang mga kahibangan ng mga mal practices ng mga Lopez Group.



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