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Saturday, October 3, 2009

2010 Hopefuls Urged to Bare Stand on Environmental Issues

A coalition of citizens’ groups urged 2010 hopefuls to bare their environmental plans and solutions on issues such as pollution, climate, and chemical safety.

About 85 groups, led by EcoWaste Coalition, asked all politicians eyeing the 2010 polls to inform and interact with people on where they stand on the many environmental issues afflicting the country and solutions they could offer.

“Given the unhealthy state of our environment, we find it essential for presidential and other political aspirants to unveil an authentic people-centered prescription for breathing new life into our degrading ecosystems,” EcoWaste coordinator Rei Panaligan said.

“The people expect a robust program from the country’s new leadership that will genuinely address the confluence of garbage, toxic and climate woes that is affecting the country’s poor the most,” he said.

The groups identified specific environmental questions that political aspirants should address as vital parts of their platform of good governance and change in 2010.

The questions were compiled from a text survey involving the academe, church and the civil society.

The questions include: “How will you clean up Pasig River , Manila Bay , Laguna Lake and other polluted marine ecosystems? How do you intend to cut the production of garbage and their disposal in dumpsites, landfills as well as water bodies? How will you protect consumers from toxic chemicals that abound in common products for children and adults alike?

“The Philippines is one of the world’s most deforested and polluted countries. What do you think caused this and what do you plan to do about it if elected as President? How will you save the Sierra Madre from further destruction due to illegal logging, mining, dumping and kaingin?

“How do you plan to support and mainstream energy from renewable sources? What is your position on nuclear power and coal-fired power plants? Are you in favor of recommissioning the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

“What is your position on the public clamor to ban aerial spraying in commercial agricultural plantations as it adversely affects the people’s health, environmental and human rights? What is your position on genetically-engineered crops as major exports of the Philippines ?

Will you approve a national ban on GMOs? Will you implement fully organic agriculture in the country?”

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Manila Bulletin

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