Sat, Jun 05|
World Environment Day!
Every year since 1974, World Environment Day is celebrated by millions on the 5th of June to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment and address the environmental crisis that threatens the survival of humanity and mother Earth.
Time & Location
Jun 05, 2021, 7:00 p.m. MDT
About The Event
LINGAP-Canada cordially invites members of the Filipino-Canadian community and all other Canadians to join in this year’s online celebration of World Environment Day
(I) A SHOWING OF THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM , “DAGAMI DAYTOY” (This is our Land)
The film won 2nd prize in the 2020 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest and also the the Grand Prize in the 2020 Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (for Alternative Film & Video). The Director, Noni Abao, is a freelance producer and production manager for films, digital ads, and documentaries. He worked as a human rights worker in the Cagayan Valley Region where he made short documentaries. In 2019, he produced Cleaners and Judy Free, both awarded Best Film in QCinema International Film Festival 2019. Dagami Daytoy is his first documentary film.
Dagami Daytoy tells the story of how “years of destruction to the rich, ancestral land, culture, and relationships in Nueva Vizcaya by a large-scale foreign mining company has divided the people, but has also summoned the collective strength of the mountains and the community to rise up. The Didipio community of Twali-Ifugao indigenous people put their stakes in setting up a barricade and risk to continue the fight for their life, honor, and land. In a span of 5 years of filming, the documentary captures the extreme conditions that pit people against one another, creating a greater social divide, exploiting resources, and killing of indigenous culture to foreign power. In these situations, the film observes and also gives space for the voices of the community to show how they engage extralegal tactics throughout their long struggle on ancestral domains”.
The continuing operations of the Canadian/Australian corporation, OceanaGold Philippines (OGPI) in 2019 even after its mining permit expired, has resulted in a directive by the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya ordering the mining to stop. Municipals Councils have signed resolutions rejecting the continuing mining operations, and the Indigenous Peoples have undertaken blockade actions. In July 2020, the Philippine Court of Appeals rejected OceanaGold’s bid to continue operations pending its FTAA(Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement) Renewal application. However, in December 2020, the Office of the President of the Philippines instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to engage with the Company and the Department of Finance to finalise the FTAA renewal. In response, the Governor, Carlos M. Padilla, Province of Nueva Vizcaya; Bishop Jose Mangalinao, Diocese of Bayombong and Bishop Josph Agpaoa, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Northern Jurisdiction have written a joint letter to President Duterte to appeal for the rejection of the FTAA renewal.
The film is most relevant for commemorating World Environment Day. It would also motivate Filipino-Canadians and other Canadians to be in solidarity with the campaign of indigenous peoples and other Filipinos seeking environmental justice and building a sustainable society.
An update on the campaign to prevent the FTAA renewal of the Didipio mining by OceanaGold and the ongoing implications of the mining for the Indigenous Peoples and other Filipinos in the province and region.
Guest Speaker: Fr. Vicente Tiam , Chairperson, Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANVIK) [Alliance of Nueva Vizcayans for the Environment] Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Open forum: Attendees will be invited to pose questions or raise comments.
(III) SLIDE SHOW ON THE PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT: CHALLENGES & HOPEFUL SIGNS
The event is concluded with a narrated side show on the environmental challenges facing the Philippines and hopeful signs of Filipino communities engaged in building sustainable futures.