Haribon Foundation, along with a community of environmental advocates, is marking Day 1 of the new congress with a call on legislators and President Benigno Aquino 3rd to enact urgent proposed laws covering the management of our fast-disappearing natural resources. Among these are the National Land Use Act (NLUA), the
Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB), and the Forest Resources Bill (FRB).
Before President Aquino takes center stage to address the nation during the opening of the First Regular Session of the fresh 16th Congress, Haribon and its vast environmental networks will hold an activity in front of the Batasang Pambansa with the theme, “Protect Our Natural Resources, Defend Our Rights.”
The activity was held on July 17 with an estimated crowd of 400 people meeting near the Sandiganbayan and march to the Batasang Pambansa, to remind President Aquino and our legislators that time is running out and these three bills need to get passed within this Congress.
NLUA, AMMB and the FRB represent the call of a number of actors in civil society for the protection of the country’s natural resources, covering the wise use of our lands, mining and the protection of our forests.
The Forest Resources Bill has been filed in the House of Representatives by Representatives Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Mel Sarmiento and Kaka Bag-ao as House Bill 95, Haribon’s champions.
In the Senate, the bill was filed by Sen. Serge Osmeña as Senate Bill 45.