[BUKIDNON VIEWS] FIRST PERSON: EO 130 to destroy nature – life’s wellspring
By Ma. Easterluna Canoy
MALAYBALAY CITY (20 April 2021/BukidnonNews.Net) I disagree with the President’s (Rodrigo R. Duterte's) decision to lift the 9-year ban on new mineral agreements (Executive Order 130). The President is expecting that such move will contribute to economic recovery while we, as a country, still has to cope with this COVID-19 pandemic.
Such decision opens the floodgates to mining investors and give them access to the last strongholds of the country’s natural capital, which are largely, part of sacred domains of the tribes. The subject areas and territories are the precious localities where you can find vital ecosystems sustained by robust environment, where nature—with its trees, plants, birds, indigenous peoples, the whole habitat of biodiversity subsist on.
Let us all be reminded that nature too has the right to live and be secured from harm. Although we--humans are included in the equation, but sadly, we are still the ones responsible for its destruction and pillage to our environment that points to the remains of our natural and cultural heritage.
We are fortunate that in Bukidnon, the Mts. Kitanglad and Kalatungan are tribal protected areas, which the Government eventually classified as also protected areas by virtue of law.
As such, these twin mountains shall be protected from mining and all forms of exploration that endanger the unique and threatened biodiversity found inside these two parks.
In the last two decades, we continue to document the living cultures and traditions that educate us on the spiritual value of nature and how humans are regarded to be its responsible stewards or custodians.
Let our mind, heart and conscience remind us that as we destroy nature, we eventually destroy the wellspring of our life.
Ma. Easterluna Canoy is Executive Director of Kitanglad Integrated NGOs. FIRST PERSON is a section in the BukidnonNews.Net website dedicated to select statements, speeches, comments and other views on public matters. If you want to contribute to FIRST PERSON, email your piece, contact details and bio profile to firstname.lastname@example.org.