Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sibuyan ISLE, Inc. joins the call for Endosulfan Ban

Sibuyan ISLE, Inc. Coordinator Rodne Galicha being interviewed by a GMA 7 News reporter during the EcoWaste Coalition mobilization at the Fertilizers and Pesticides Authority (FPA) on 3 July, 2008, urging the government to ban the use of the toxic endosulfan that may possibly harm the environment and the lives and livelihood of the people of Sibuyan Island and of the country as a whole.

"The possible contamination of Sibuyan Island and its marine environment with endosulfan, other chemical cargoes and bunker fuel from the sunken vessel is already affecting the life and livelihood of our people whodepend mainly on the abundance of the sea," he said in the official statement by the lone environmental group in Sibuyan Island.

"We therefore urge all the parties involved, including the national overnment, Sulpicio Lines, Del Monte Philippines, Inc. and Bayer Crop Science, among others, to pursue quick and efficient strategies and mechanisms to protect our people, prevent marine pollution and reserve the rich biodiversity and abundance of the Sibuyan Sea," he stated further.

To respond to the calls of the government and the people, the relief operation shall continue through its Phase-Out activities of psychosocial formation and livelihood training programs.

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