Not Going Metal: The #PassAMMB environmental fair to feature ecopoetry, junk art exhibit

Inside Manila
PUBLISHED July 13, 2018 03:46 pm

(Inside Manila) Come July 14, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., an environmental fair will be held at the Sagul Food Park, 43 Malingap St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. Dubbed “Not Going Metal: The #PassAMMB Green Fair”, the event is part of the campaign for the passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

The AMMB seeks to repeal the 1995 Mining Act, and usher in a new paradigm for managing the country’s mineral resources, putting the environment and people first before profit. Fulfilling this advocacy are three events, namely ecopoetry and two exhibits.

The Ecopoetry reading will feature some of the Philippines’ finest poets: Marjorie Evasco, Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, Rina Garcia Chua, Miguel Quizon, Mark Angeles, Pauline Lacanilao, Christine Marie Lim Magpile, Lawrence Bernabe, Fr. Bert Alejo, SJ, and Merlie Alunan. Their poems will be read by actor Karl Medina from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A Junk Art Exhibit will showcase works by artists Ral Arrogante, AG Saño, Jezir Nalam Lascuña, Fhiex Orozco, Joy Abutan, Kerry Villazor, Marlon Lucenara, and Mario Villanueva. The public can bring old cell phones, soda cans, cables, spoons, and other metallic waste and donate these to the artists. Donations will be accepted between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and again from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Meanwhile, an exhibit on metallic recycling and sustainable lifestyle by the Philippine Miserior Partnership, Inc. can be viewed from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The AMMB disallows foreign large-scale companies from operating in the country, encouraging instead Filipino corporations to mine strategic minerals that will help realize national industrialization. The bill prohibits mining in so-called no-go mining zones such as critical watersheds, prime agricultural lands, key biodiversity areas, climate- and disaster-risk areas, among others.

Mining corporations are required to give a reasonable fraction of their income to mining-affected local governments and communities under the AMMB. Indigenous peoples, who live in mineral-rich ancestral domains, will be part of all decision-making processes related to mining in the AMMB.

The fair urges the government to develop a program on metallic recycling, or urban mining, and reduce the need for new mining. Recycling metals require significantly less energy than mining and therefore better for the environment.

This is a press release from SOS Yamang Bayan Network with minor edits made. For more information, send an email to or visit SOS Yamang Bayan Network on Facebook.



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