Save Sierra Madre Network Open Letter to the President and the Commission on Appointments

Dear Mr. President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Aquilino Pimentel- Chairman , Senator Manny Pacquiao-

Commission on Environment, and the members of the Commission on Appointments:

 

May the Powerful One from above embrace you!

 

Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. (SSMNAI), a network alliance of more than 70 groups involved

with environmental issues, has been able to advocate with Sec. Gina Lopez for the care of Sierra

Madre and for its protection from those who see the Sierra Madre simply as an object to be abused or

be an opportunity to amass wealth. Under the leadership of Sec. Gina Lopez, the DENR started to

regain its trust from Non-Government Organizations, Peoples’ Organizations, indigenous peoples and

from other Civil Society Organizations. In Regions 2, 3, 4A, these organizations together with the DENR

have resolved to work together to restore Sierra Madre’s forest cover and protect biodiversity from

further destruction due to deforestation, mining, construction of roads and dams.

 

This principled cooperation between the DENR and CSOs does not sacrifice the intent of the Duterte

administration to fight corruption in government agencies including DENR.

 

We thank the President for making the right decision to appoint Sec. Gina Lopez as DENR secretary. We

humbly plead the Commission on Appointments to make the courageous and prophetic stand to confirm

her appointment. A new way of relating with the natural world is breaking in, the paradigm of

interconnectedness as lived by the Indigenous Communities in Sierra Madre. Such a new paradigm of

caring for the natural world, is happening not only in the Sierra Madre but all over the country. This is

evident in Sec. Lopez’s commitment to conserve, protect and rehabilitate the environment.

 

We are aware of the effect of Sec. Lopez’s appointment to the DENR. Opposition from very powerful

business corporations with vested interests – foreign and local – is very strong. We implore you to

stand firmly for the weak: to ensure the flourishing of life, as enshrined in our Constitution, for the

indigenous people, the farmers, the fisherfolks and the millions of poor people who have been

deprived of the bountiful benefits from our natural resources. God intended fullness of life for

everybody, not deprivations and death for the majority of the Filipinos.

 

Now is the time to reverse the situation. As committed public servants please make the historic

decision to ensure a balance and healthy ecology for the Filipino people for all generations to come.

May the power of Truth and a strong sense of Justice descend upon you!

 

Sincerely for Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc.:

 

Fr. Pete Montallana

Chairperson-SSMNAI Feb. 13, 2017 ; Tel : 912-0224; Email add: savesierram@gmail.com;

Website: www.savesierramadre.ph. Cp no: 0920-968- 4982.

 

List of Organizations Networking with Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc.

 

1. FAMAC – Federation of Anti-Mining Advocates of Cagayan: Fr. Manny Catral

2. OFM-JPIC – Order of Friars Minor Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation: Bro. Al Villanueva

3. Ecology Ministry – Diocese of Kaloocan: Fr. Tavs

4. JPIC – Diocese of Novaliches: Carlos Gubat

5. TFSM-Dingalan – Task Force Sierra Madre Dingalan Chapter: Jojo Padua

6. Social Action Center – Diocese of Novaliches: Fr.Bien Miguel

7. SSMESI – Sagip Sierra Madre :Bro. Martin Francisco

8. ECIP- National Secretariate – Episcopal Commission on Indigenous People: Tony Abuso

9. TFSMBE- Task Force Sierra Madre for Balanced Ecology: Fr. Mario Establecida

10. TFSM-Infanta- Task Force Sierra Madre Infanta: Poleng Derilo

11. TFSM-General Nakar- Task Force Sierra Madre General Nakar: Juliet Nolledo

12. FDC – Freedom from Debt Coalition: Rovic

13. FMM-JPIC- Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation- Sr. Glo

Miguel, FMM

14. MSAG-BALER- : Jerry Fabro

15. SAC-ILAGAN- Social Action Center-Ilagan: Fr. Carl Sarte

16. SAC-Tuguegarao- Social Action of Tuguegarao: Fr.Manny Catral

17. JPIC-AMRSP- Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation Association of Major Religious Superiors

of the Philippines: Sr. Cres Lucero,SFIC

18. Ministry on Ecology San Jose Diocese, Nueva Ecija: Fr. Ernie Pesimo

19. SAC-AURORA- Social Action Center of Aurora: Fr. Israel Gabriel

20. SAC-INFANTA- Social Action Center of Infanta: Fr. Olet Avenilla

21. HARIBON FOUNDATION: Betchie de la Paz

22. ECOWASTE COALITION:

23. GREEN CONVERGENCE: Dra. Nina Galang

24. TANGGOL KALIKASAN: Atty.Genee Mislang

25. PAKISAMA-Pambansang Samahang Magsasaka: Boy Ridao

26. ARCAM-Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry: Lou Arsenio

27. SAC-GUMACA- Social Action Center Gumaca Diocese: Fr. Tony Aguilar

28. GREEN RESEARCH:Gwen Patria Borcena

29. MASIDAMA: Matatambo-Singawan- Dadyangao-Madaraque: Gemma Ritual

30. PI-COPI: Prelature of Infanta-Community Organization of the Philippines: Conrad Vargas

31. SAGIBIN-LN- Samahan ngmga Katutubong Agta/Dumagat/Remontado na Nagtatanggol ng

Lupaing Ninuno: Marcelino Tena

32. TCD-Tribal Center for Development, Inc: Conchita Conchada

33. ALG-Alternative Law Group: Atty. Marlon Manuel

34. KOMUNIDAD NG KATUTUBO NG SITIO SARI, BRGY. LUMUTAN, GENERAL NAKAR- Ariel Doroteo

35. KOMUNIDAD NG MGA KATUTUBO NG SITIO BAYKURAN, BRGY. PAGSANGAHAN, GENERAL

NAKAR: Kambusa Piston

36. GENCACODA; General Nakar: Joel Astoveza

37. KOMUNIDAD NG MGA KATUTUBO NG MASANGA, Brgy. Maligaya, General Nakar: Jimmy Roldan

38. KOMUNIDAD NG MGA KATUTUBO NG SITIIO MAKTANG, BRGY. UMIRAY, GENERAL NAKAR: Waly

Nakar

39. PRRM-Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement: Merly Calubaguib

40. ISABELA PERMA-CULTURE DEVELOPMENT CENTER: Olga Marquez

41. FELLOWSHOP FOR THE CARE FOR CREATION: Mylene Saluta

42. ALYANSA TIGIL MINA: Jv Gargarena

43. UMA- Ungabay et Mabunat Association: Leany Balnes

44. IPA-GUMACA: Indigenous Peoples’ Apostolate Coordinator: Fr. Rey Baldovino

45. IPA-San Jose: Indigenous Peoples’ Apostolate Coordinator: Sr. Aning Janrique

46. IPA-Infanta: Indigenous Peoples’ Apostolate Coordinator: Fr. Pete Montallana

47. CCCP-Climate Change Congress of the Philippines: Dr. Steve Godilano

48. SSMPIMI- Save Sierra Madre Save the People, Laguna : Lutgarda Samela

49. TEBTEBBA: Jennifer Thauli Corpuz

50. SOLAR SOLUTIONS: Frederick Laping

51. FOCUS: Mary Ann Manahan

52. GUPAD: Merlita Tena

53. FAS-Franciscan Apostolic Sisters: Sr. Minnie ,FAS

54. KOMUNIDAD NG MGA KATUTUBO NG PALAUI

55. KALIPAYA MINISTRY:Albert Saldajeno

56. Secular Franciscans of Frisco, QC – Al Licas

57. SAC-Lucena: Fr. Ruzzle John

58. AKSYON KLIMA: Gene Ferrer

59. JPIC of the COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES OF THE PHILIPPINES: John Din

60. MIRIAM PEACE

61. BATARIS-Baler

62. SAC-Cabanatuan

63. Paco Catholic School

64. MAPSA- Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association: Fr. Boy Bilran

65. Sakbibi- Javar Tullo

66. PIGLAS-Ka: Vic

67. Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation: Majorie Pamplona

68. AKAP INC- Remy Gutierrez

69. Nativity of the Lord Parish, Cubao, QC

70. CAVAPPED- Perla Visarro

71. Nuestra Senora de Salvacion Parish, Bianoan, Casiguran, Aurora: Fr. Joefran Talaban

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