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Alyansa Laban sa Mina

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Organizational Profile

Name: ALYANSA LABAN SA MINA (ALAMIN)


Address: KAFCODE Office, St. Augustine Bldg. Ibaba East, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro


Contact Persons: Mr. Jeff Rafa, Secretariat,0919-3170712


Contact Details:
Fax: 043-286-7190
E-mail: alamin_mnp@yahoo.com


List of Officers

Chairperson: Atty. Ligorio Turano
Secretary General: Doris Melgar
Treasurer: Evelyn Cacha


Institutional Members

Mindoro Assistance for Human Advancement through Linkages (MAHAL), Inc.

Kaunsayan Formation for Community Development (KAFCODE), Inc.

Kapulungan para sa Lupaing Ninuno (KPLN),

Mangyan Mission (MM),

Peasant Empowerment and Advocacy Network (Peasant-Net)

Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan (AVC)

Mindoro Conference of United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Samahang Lakas Magsasaka at Mangingisda (SALAKMMA),

Mindoro Medical Society

Provincial Tourism Council

CALSEDECO

Calapan Market Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Samahan ng mga Kababaihan sa Sta. Isabel (Calapan)

Halcon Mountaineers

Save Mindoro Inc.

Other Municipal Chapters


Date Organized: April 28, 1999


Status: Not Registered
Informal Coalition/Alliance of Civil Society groups, the Church and Local Government Units


Area covered

Municipalities: Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Naujan, Victoria
City: Calapan


Positions on the Mining Issue

No to Mindoro Nickel Project
No to Large-scale Mining in Mindoro
Uphold Cancellation of Aglubang's MPSA
Uphold the Provincial Mining Moratorium


History of Campaign

The risks and impending negative impacts of destructive large-scale mining operation by transnational corporation supply the context and the necessary diving board to initiate the process of mass organization. The threat of large-scale mining also provides a strong impetus for the coalition building of the different groups across the widest range of political spectrum – from the middle forces like the Church to the more progressive sectors.

In May 1999, civil society groups have bonded together and formed the Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) to oppose the entry and operation of the Mindoro Nickel Project. Its members include the church groups (Catholics, Protestants and other denominations), NGOs, POs, environmentalist, mountaineers, civic groups, peasant organizations, Mangyan indigenous federation, human rights activist, among others. A peculiar feature of the local movement in Mindoro was the strong and effective partnership established with the local governments in all of the affected municipalities. All of the local government units had registered their strong opposition to the project expressed through their respective Municipal Resolutions. In many instances, they provided the needed institutional support to the campaign.

In its campaign to drive out the mining corporation in the province, ALAMIN conducted several rallies in key municipal centers, mobilizing a total of around 78,000 peaceful protesters in all of the said events. Signature campaign was also launched, gathering 32,000 initial signatures in two-week time, denouncing the exploration of the mining company in the province.

But what has been crucial in waging an effective campaign was the consolidation of the opposition of the communities and of all the affected sectors: the peasantry, the fisherfolks, the indigenous peoples and the local government. It entailed painstaking process of conscientization, information campaign, alliance building, & research.


Aliance Network Mechanism

The multi-sectoral character in Mindoro’s anti-mining campaign is one of the most notable and distinctive attributes. ALAMIN is composed of the following sectors: NGOs, POs, Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, Church, Civic organizations, learning institutions, along with the existing ALAMIN municipal chapters of the affected municipalities, namely Victoria, Calapan, Naujan, and Pinamalayan.

Autonomy and individual initiatives of respective organizations in pursuing the goal of the campaign are encouraged, with the leadership at provincial level supplying the needed coordination mechanisms.

The ALAMIN's alliance is able to form and sustain the dynamism of engagement with considerable success, without the usual factional paralysis. In this campaign, the focus of struggle is primarily to stop the entry of the transnational mining corporation which had been won with the revocation of the exploration permit granted to Aglubang-Crew.

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