January 17, 2014

Hon. Gov. Hilario Davide, III Hon. Vice-Gov. Agnes Magpale Hon. Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cebu: Hon. Raul Alcoseba Hon. Julian Daan Hon. Christopher Baricuatro Hon. Peter John Calderon Hon. Alex Binghay Hon. Grizelda Sanchez Zaballero Hon. Joven Mondigo, Jr. Hon. Sun Shimura Hon. Miguel Antonio Magpale Hon. Jude Thaddeus Sybico Hon. Arleigh Sitoy Hon. Thadeo Ouano Hon. Celestino Martinez III Hon. Carmen Remedios Mecca Provincial Capitol, Cebu City, Cebu

Hon. Mayor Cynthia Moreno Hon. Vice-Mayor Augustus Caesar Moreno Poblacion, Aloguinsan, Cebu City, Cebu

Dear Sirs and Mesdames:

Warm nationalist greetings! As a concerned resident of Cebu, I would like to express my deepest concern about the oil exploration and discovery in Aloguinsan by Australian firm Gas2Grid Ltd. which I have read in the newspapers, lately. Oil, a fossil fuel, is one of the major contributors to climate change. The continued incessant burning of oil and other fossil fuels has dumped billions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere. Four years ago, when I sent a letter to the Cebu Provincial Government to stop the operations of coal-fired power plants in Toledo and Naga, the global concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was still at 390ppm (parts per million). 350ppm is the upper safety limit. Now, it has reached 400ppm. What does it mean? 1

that Aloguinsan is part of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS). October 28. and adding more and more CO2. with the CO2 concentration increasing from time to time. should it push through. In digging fossil fuels to burn it for energy supply.To quote Dr. Rhodina J. Consequently. 2013. as oil is not a sustainable source of energy. it will gravely affect the livelihood of the fisherfolks living near the shore for a very long period of time since it takes time for the environment to regenerate itself. The Philippine Star (online).nasa. Passing this mark should motivate us to advocate for focused efforts to reduce emissions across the globe. It must be noted.philstar. http://www.abstract 3 Quismorio.2 Also. may bring benefits to the people of Aloguinsan. that contributes to rapid climate change.”4 NASA scientists react to 400 ppm carbon milestone. July 8. which will be disturbed while drilling is going on. as scientifically predicted.ph/solon-seeks-inquiry-on-sulu-sea-oil-drilling/ 4 Villanueva .. it will lead to a massive lay-off of workers therein. But. Downscaling CMIP5 climate models shows increased tropical cyclone activity over the 21st century.gov (online). which will impact the generations ahead of us. global warming. which lies between the islands of Negros and Cebu. 2013. there is a reason why fossil fuels are underneath the Earth’s crust. has now been linked to the hazardous polar vortex happening right now in North America. it will be hotter on Earth as on Venus. stronger storms or hurricanes such as Super Typhoon Yolanda and more to come. NASA. July 29. Ellson. 2013. since oil is merely a nonrenewable energy resource.. hence. Hence. Kerry A. which also warms our oceans.mb. As a result. it is not.. we are bringing carbon from underneath to our atmosphere and if we do not stop doing so. Solon seeks inquiry on Sulu Sea oil drilling .gov/400ppmquotes/ 2 Emanuel. Annmarie Eldering of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)1: Reaching 400ppm is a stark reminder that the world is still not on a track to limit CO2 emissions and therefore climate impacts.000 fishermen operate. http://www. http://climate. It is also an important migration corridor for whales. Gas2Grid will no longer have business in Aloguinsan. When the oil runs out. As scientists emphasize. http://www. Negative effects will outweigh the transient positive effects over the long term.com. a sustainable source of livelihood and development. It will also leave long-term adverse effect to the aquatic ecosystem near the drilling area. High temperature in our oceans fuels storms. It may be true that the oil drilling (in the commercial stage of the project). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "The TSPS. The effect will be worse if oil spill will happen due to negligence or lack of high-quality equipment such as what happened recently in Manila Bay3. as well. Biodiversity in Tañon Strait to be protected.pnas. We know that higher concentration of carbon in the atmosphere results to global warming. is among the country’s major fishing grounds where about 26. dolphins and other marine mammals. to Cebu and to the country. n.org/content/early/2013/07/05/1301293110. Manila Bulletin (online).. We're still on the 'business-asusual' path. d.. also. these benefits are merely transient yet its adverse effects will last long. Global Climate Change.com/good-news/2013/07/29/1024041/biodiversity-tanon-strait-be-protected 1 2 .

Such duty involves educating the constituents on participatory governance. 1993. Sirs and mesdames. there are still two cases pending in the Supreme Court on the offshore drilling as to its impacts to the environment and to the affected communities. Naderev. When will we ever learn? When will we ever begin to act in addressing climate change? When will we ever start in changing our ways and policies towards sustainable development? Const. Art. which cost the lives of more than 6. RA 7160. The Guardian (online). is a result of either our procrastination on climate action or our inability to look at the long-term consequences of our decisions and actions or both. 101083. 16. 16. http://www. the Local Government Code7 mandates all LGUs to "enhance" the said right.000 fellow Filipinos.theguardian. Poland right after Yolanda struck our country last year. instead of encouraging them to allow.. Typhoon Haiyan: we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action . 7 Sec. not just inviting the people of Aloguinsan but all constituents of the Cebu Provincial Government since it will also affect the entire Cebu province. No.In relation to that. Sec. Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Saño. On the other hand. Our laws mandate all local government units (LGUs) to involve their constituents in making policies and decisions that will affect the latter. 8 Saño.8 The recent Yolanda tragedy. in the landmark case of Oposa v. environmental protection and sustainable development. The Local Government Code. tolerate or support activities that are detrimental to the environment and to their livelihood for the pursuit of short-term benefits. I believe that while these cases are still pending. Hence. November 11. Moreover. July 30.com/world/2013/nov/11/typhoon-haiyan-philippinesclimate-change 6 5 3 .R. reminded everyone of us to stop procrastinating in addressing climate change. G. With that. II. simply termed as inter-generational responsibility and justice. I speak not just in behalf of my generation but also of the generations to come. I would like to request that a public consultation be held on the matter at hand. in his speech during the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw. 2013. Factoran. There are still so many things to do in protecting and preserving the environment for our survival and for the survival of our children and our children's children.6 the Supreme Court stressed out that this right imposes our correlative duty to refrain from impairing the environment. the government should not entertain or allow any oil exploration in the TSPS. among others. I would like to remind you that no other than the Constitution guarantees the inherent right of every citizen to a "healthful and balanced ecology"5 – a right to which even the unborn citizens are entitled. These cases were filed in response to the offshore oil exploration in the TSPS by a Japanese firm seven or eight years ago.

Department of Energy Office of the Secretary. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Secretary.com cc: Office of the President of the Philippines Office of the Vice-Chairperson. Philippine Climate Change Commission Office of the Secretary. Commission on Higher Education 4 . KRISTIAN JACOB ABAD LORA Student. Task Force Batok Mina kjalora92@yahoo. Department of Interior and Local Government Office of the Chairperson. University of Cebu – College of Law Co-convener.With high respect.