Love for the planet earth and for God’s creatures impelled the Diocese of Marbel to mobilize against Coal Fired Power Plant and Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI).
Caravan, protect rally against Coal Fired Power Plant took place in front of President Carlos Garcia Park in General Santos City on 22 April 2009, Earth Day.
Main objective is to continue manifesting people’s opposition to the proposed Coal Fired Power Plant in Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani province because of its negative effects on the environment and on human health.
Ninety-five (95) vehicles and thousands participated.
On 23 April another caravan – protest rally took place in Koronadal City. Venue for the protest rally was in front of SMRAA stadium.
Objective is to continue the opposition against the mining activities of SMI in Tampakan, South Cotabato.
Proposed method of extracting gold, copper and other minerals is open pit. Trees will be cut down, mountain, bulldozed and no clear disposal of mine tailings.
Mining will contribute to global warming, cause flashfloods and mudslides, and pollute the environment. Mining thus threatens food security and people’s health.
Vehicles numbered more than 100. Estimated participants – 2,500.
NO TO COAL FIRED POWER PLANT! NO TO DESTRUCTIVE MINING! NO TO GREED!
YES TO GOD! YES TO FUTURE GENERATIONS FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL EQUITY/SOLIDARITY! MABUHAY ANG PLANETA EARTH!
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 528, 26 April 2009)