CPA Hosts National
Mining Education Exchange
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA)
hosted a national mining education exchange from June 24-26, 2008
in Itogon and Mankayan here in Benguet province with 14 community
leaders and organizers from General Santos, Zamboanga del Norte,
Negros Occidental, Panay, Bicol, Southern Tagalog and Cagayan Valley.
The activity was in coordination with the Center for Environmental
The activity aimed to further equip the community
leaders and organizers with knowledge and understanding on the national
mining situation and the scope and depth of its impact in regions
around the country, specifically in the Cordillera. Community exposure
was one component of the exchange, which gave the delegates an opportunity
to have a sharing session with local leaders on their mining struggles.
CPA Deputy Secretary General Santos Mero meanwhile
provided an input on the gains and lessons of the CPA on its mining
campaign from years of experience and learning from it. This was
shared starting with efforts at the community level up to how CPA
internationalizes its mining and human rights campaigns.
The CPA has recently participated the Third International
Assembly of the International League of People's Struggles in Hong
Kong, where it headed the Study Commission on Indigenous Peoples,
National Minorities and Nationalities and passed a resolution against
imperialist mining and plunder of resources.
At the end of the 3-day exchange, participants exchanged
experiences and views from their community exposures to Mankayan
and Itogon. They were also able to identify means they could employ
to strengthen their mining campaigns in their own regions, provinces
and communities. #