While the so-called “responsible mining” rhetoric is being promoted, the ongoing destruction of Palawan’s natural forests, protected areas and ancestral domains bluntly violates the SEP law (Strategic Environmental Plan), IPRA (Indigenous Peoples’ Right Act) and other national laws, as well as those universally agreed principles and provisions contained in well-know international legislation ratified by the Philippine Government, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The mining claims of MacroAsia Corporation overlap with Mt. Gantong watersheds, intact forests, fragile ecosystems and with the ancestral territory on which hundreds of indigenous Palawan depend on, for their livelihood. Mining will severely affect indigenous peoples’ resilience and ability to cope with seasonal food shortage, decreasing agricultural productivity and climate change. Of particular concern is the survival of isolated communities that have not yet been listed in the national population census and that, until now, have limited contacts with the outside.
In this video, members of the remote community of Catelegyan (Brooke’s Point Municipality) express their concern over the predicted impact of MacroAsia Corporation on their traditional livelihood.