“It is our Christian duty to take care of God’s creations.”

31 03 2009

29, March 2009

It is our Christian duty to take care of God’s creations.”

Christian Youth Groups Join Anti-BNPP Revival Youth and Student Movement

Member organisations under the Ecumenical Youth for Peace joined the Youth STOP BNPP Revival! alliance during the Youth Camp at the Morong Parish Church Compound, in Morong, Bataan on March 26. They believe that stopping the BNPP revival is part of their duties as young stewards of God’s creations.

The event was organized by Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR). Over a hundred youth and students from different organisations in Manila and Bataan attended the youth camp. Prof. Ricardo Saturay, Jr. of the UP National Institute for Geological Sciences (NIGS) was invited to discuss the issues surrounding the BNPP revival and why should Filipinos oppose it. Delegates from the Youth STOP BNPP Revival!-National and Youth STOP BNPP Revival!-Bataan Chapter introduced the alliance to the organisations that attended the event. During the open forum, Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (3KP), United Methodist Youth Fellowship, Christian Youth Fellowship, KAIROS, Samahan ng Kabataang Episcopal sa Pilipinas,Sagrada Familia Parish, Sta. Quiteria Parish, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines , and NCCP Youth immediately decided to join the Youth STOP BNPP Revival! alliance. Members of the organisations showed their unity against the BNPP revival by the symbolical act of signing the separated pieces of the STOP BNPP Revival banner and later on, putting the pieces back together to complete the banner. Cultural performances were also presented by the organisations as creative means of voicing out their protest against the revival of the BNPP.

Early next day, participants of the Youth Camp conducted a unity walk around the community near the parish. During the unity walk, participants distributed flyers to residents and invited them to join the prayer gathering at the Morong Parish grounds at 9am on the same day.





4 responses

3 04 2009
Loi Manalansan

Maganda ang Morong Bataan. Tumawid kami ng bundok para makarating dito. Malamig ang hangin. Walang maiitim na usok sa paligid. Mukhang mababait naman ang mga tao.

Ngunit, hindi ito isang bakasyon na maituturing o fieldtrip bagkus isang youth camp na dinaluhan ng mga kabataan mula sa sektor ng simbahan at estudyante mula sa Bataan at Metro Manila. Ang pagpunta namin sa Morong Bataan ay pagpapakita ng suporta sa mga residente nito sa pagpigil sa muling pagbubukas ng Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). Isang pagkilos upang labanan ang mga maanomalyang pagpasa ng bill upang simulan ang pagbubukas ng BNPP. Tulungan ang mga kabataan ng Morong na mamulat, magorganisa at kumilos para sa usaping hinakaharap.

Prior to this camp, I attended forum discussing the impacts of the revival of BNPP. It is very hazardous to both humans and the environment because of the geologic condition of the location of the said nuclear power plant, poor condition of the facilities and equipment of BNPP and the issue of nuclear waste. It is also worth mentioning that the funds alloted for this project is not practical for that matter. The P100 million alloted for the feasibility study should have been used in education sector and other basic social services. The fund (international bank) for the operation of this nuclear power plant is another burden for the Filipinos of the present and future generations who will pay for this debt again without even getting something from this project.

Kung sa usapin ng kakulangan sa electricity sources, di ito totoo dahil kung tutuusin, marami tayong pwedeng pagkunan ng elektrisidad katulad ng wind, solar, geothermal, natural gas atbp. Ngunit dahil hobby ni Gloria Arroyo ang magbenta ng ating mga korporasyon sa mga dayuhan o pagpaprivatize ng mga ito, hindi sinasagot ng mga polisiyang ito ang kahirapan ng mga Pilipino. Dapat ay isabansa ang mga korporasyon na ito, ang kontrol ay dapat nasa pamahalaan at mga mamamayan nito.

Nakakalungkot talaga makita na halos lahat ng mga residente dito ay tumututol sa muling pagbubukas ng BNPP ngunit di talaga marunong makinig ang mga mambabatas natin sa hinaing na ito ng kanilang constituents. Aba! sino ba ang mga nirerepresent ng ating mga Representatives sa Congress? Tsk tsk tsk

Marami pang isyung kinakaharap ang Pilipinas ngayon. Maraming walang trabaho at mawawalan ng trabaho. Maraming di makapagaral na mga kabataan. Maraming Pilipino ang may sakit dahil sa kakulangan sa health services ng gobyerno. Maraming mga bata ang nasa lansangin at namamalimos. Marami pa ring Pilipino ang nagugutom. At ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Revival ba ang sagot sa lumalalang krisis panlipunan?

3 04 2009

from vanessa (http://icqgirl.multiply.com/photos/album/62/The_NO_of_the_Bataan_Nuclear_Power_Plant_revival)

2009 03 26-27 Morong, Bataan

So we took a five-hour ride to the countryside-city that is the surrounding of Morong Church. I went with and am thankful for AGHAM Youth for this learning experience. (It’s always unpredictable outside classrooms.) I cite the site for a list of orgs with us.

We had been there to inform, to urge for more NO’s, and to attend a Catholic mass and pray for Senator Cojuangco’s evilly-depicted plans of uselessness to rot and die instead of human victims in predicted worst-case scenarios. We wanted (still do) the public to know of BNPP’s problems, that with that they too may be given the power to decide for themselves.

There were speeches and lectures, from various parties that harmoniously interact with each other or otherwise. Their points were of the plant’s safety as an imperfect technology, corruption and taxes that would be the people’s burden, the geological vulnerability of its location, and ultimately misuse of government money (“Education over everything, damn it!” I say). They have stats, did their homework, was convincing.

The presence of the Catholic Church appalled me, almost as if rallying is part of the religion (or is it rallying itself that’s a religion ;D). Juxtaposed with the speeches, they reminded us of being responsible caretakers of God’s creation and to rid of the bugs that devour our crops. Lastly, they shared no science, which in my opinion was like misleading advertising.

The benefits of the BNPP, predictably, haven’t been discussed in-depth as much as I would’ve liked. There may be toxic dangers, but are oil-powered plants any safer? (Cough wheeze.) It really may be pushed to reopen for selfish reasons than pumping up useable electricity, but that’s a ubiquitous problem and, like our cockroaches at home, the House would need to be sweeped off clean than swatting the spawned pests one by one; weeds would have to be unrooted, not simply cut off. Are alternative sources of today really more fruitful than nuclear sources, and would they more efficiently address the power monster that is a growing civilization? I need the studies themselves from both sides.

For now I don’t know where I stand. I have a problem with facts given by each opposition, both widely differing. I believe in technology, trust that investing in it is a more viable option. There’s a little hope in me that there is good in the project, and that the entanglement of waste management and money laundering can be combed out. Perhaps there had been a discovery of better nuclear maintenance two decades after. I have been reprimanded to weigh carefully before ever taking a side, so until I give this further study I am a middleman.

3 04 2009

re: from vanessa

hi vanessa! salamt sa pagsama mo sa amin sa morong, bataan youth camp. masaya kami dahil nakasama ka amin sa isang sabi mo nga ay learning experience. salamat din para sa reaction mo na ito.

Tatlong punto ang gusto kong idiscuss bilang reaction sa reaction mo (hehe). Una, yung supposed benefits ng BNPP Revival, pangalawa tang pagsama ng simbahan sa ganitong mga affairs, at pangatlo, yung isyu ng anti-nuclear ba tayo.

Sa unang punto, ang supposed benefits ng BNPP revival. Actually, may sagot tayo dyan. Eto ang unity statement ng Network Opposed to BNPP Revival (NO to BNPP Revival!) na initially ay inadopt ng Youth STOP BNPP Revival! bago ito nakagawa ng sariling unity statement.

NO to BNPP Revival! believes that there is no basis, and it is extremely dangerous and economically disadvantageous to operate the BNPP. The following are points as to why we are opposed to such an effort:

● The BNPP is not essential in addressing the looming “energy crisis” in 2012. The country has vast indigenous energy resources that we can tap which are more safe and reliable than nuclear power.

● The operation of the BNPP does not assure cheap electricity for the people and energy independence for the country.

● The BNPP is defective, almost obsolete and is not safe to operate. There are numerous and significant arguments being raised with regards to geologic hazards, infrastructure integrity, and nuclear waste storage and disposal. Its operation will pose great risks to the health and lives of the people and the environment.

● The fund for the BNPP, to be paid by additional people’s taxes and foreign loans, would be a source of corruption and kickbacks for the corrupt officials and cronies of the current administration. Until now, no one has been held accountable for the BNPP corruption scandals of the Marcos administration.

● The BNPP’s contribution to the reduction of global carbon emissions would be very minimal as the Philippines is not a top producer of greenhouse gases.

Yang 5points na yan ang direktang sagot natin sa mga benefits daw na ibibigay ng BNPP. Lalo na yung sa energy. It will make us again dependent on other countries for fuel dahil katulad ng langis, mag-iimport din tayo ng uranium dahil walang uranium sa ating bansa.

Yung sa pangalawang punto, ang pagsama ng simbahan sa mga ganitong affairs. Huwag nating kalimutan na historically, isa ang simbahan sa mga forces na maraming napakilos upang tutulan ang mga maling polisiya ng gobyerno. Martial law for example.Kahit na nun pang unang attempt na buksan ang BNPP, malaki ang naitulong ng simbahan sa pagiging epektibo ng kampanya para mapigil ang pagbubukas ng BNPP. Sa tingin ko ay di na nila kailangan pang magbigay ng ‘science part’ ng kanilang pagtutol dahil una, taken cared of na yun ng agham sa program.Pangit naman ang paulit-ulit, hehe. Pangalawa, alam na nila yung science part kasi nadiscussan na din sila ng agham.hahaha. At isa pa. Ang mga miyembro ng simbahan ay hindi lang mga miyembro ng simbahan. Miyembro din sila ng mas malawak na lipunan na maaapektuhan ng pagbubukas ng BNPP kaya, kabilang din sila sa mga taong dapat kumilos upang tutulan ito. 🙂

Sa pangatlong punto, kung anti-nuclear nga ba tayo. Ang sagot ay HINDI. Anti-BNPP revival tayo. Anong pinagkaiba ng dalawang ito? Ang stop at no to bnpp revival ay naniniwala na kung may appropriate and effective na teknolohiya ang Pilipinas para ihandle ang isang nuclear power plant ay go! Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa pag-industrialize ng ating bansa. Kagaya mo, we also believe in technology and investing in it. Ang sa stop at no to bnpp revival lang dapat ay tried and tested na ito dahil buhay ng tao, kapaligiran, at kinabukasan nating lahat ang at risk. Masyadong malaki ang mga bagay na at stake. Kaya nga gaya mo, naniniwala ang stop at no to bnpp revival na edukasyon ng kabataan ang pondohan ng malaki dahil dito mgamumula ang future engineers and scientists na makakadevelop ng mas effective na technology to handle nuclear waste and other sources of energy na mas reliable, safe and efficient.

So, yun, sana naliwanagan ka. Cheka tayo sa susunod magkita tayo para mas malinaw. Text o email mo lang ako kung may mga tanong ka. Asa UP lang naman ako most of the time.

Sya nga pala, may nabasa ako somewhere tungkol sa pagiging middleman o neutral. These are not the exact words pero ganito yung ibig nyang sabihin. Ang sabi, there is no such thing as a middle position dahil sa isang lipunang may nagsasamantala at pinagsasamantalahan. taking the middle position is similar as taking the abuser’s /oppressor’s side because you do nothing to help the abused/oppressed and in fact, tolerate the abuser’s/oppressor’s actions.

Maganda ang attitude mo na pag-aralan muna ang mga pasikot sikot ng isyu before taking sides. Tama naman yun. Kaya, hinihikayat kitang mag-aral, magsuri at sumama sa pagkilos.


12 05 2009

Youth STOP BNPP Revival Bataan Chapter

Party for a cause; Dance against BNPP Revival

Once more the youth has proved their existence against the present treat of resurrecting the mothballed BNPP in morong,Bataan. The Youth STOP BNPP Revival Dinalupihan Chapter has conducted a dance party on april 24 and may 2, 2009 at dinalupihan respectively while educating our young leaders some what we are having fun!

remembering the Battle of 1980’s against the Nuclear and others it is the youth among other sector has take the lead to this fight and we will continue to hold that torch of light for our future generations.

Educating our youth is feeding our future with right knowledge is giving our country the solid and true future!..

– Youth and Student Opposed to BNPP Revival Dinalupihan

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