Assumption Mission at Bolul, City of Koronadal, celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary on 15 August 2011.
Mass presider and homilist was Bishop Dinualdo. Eleven Passionist concelebrated.
His homily focused on the theme: “Mary’s Assumption: An Inspiration in Our Valuing Life and Respecting the Environment”.
Our situation is a struggle between God and Satan; between life and death. (cf. Rev. 12: 1-6).
Mary’s “Magnificat” (Lk. 1: 39-56) is a song of praise, thanksgiving and hope.
Mary proclaims the greatness of the Lord for the many good things received from God.
She has confused the proud and deposed the mighty from their thrones. Sent the rich empty away.
But he raised the lowly to high places; gave food to the hungry.
Stewards of God’s creation (cf. Gen. 2:15) are today fighting the destroyers of God’s creatures through open-pit mining.
The proposed open-pit is 3 kms. long, 2.5 kms. wide and 800 meters deep. (7.5 sq. kms.). Waste Rock Storage Facility (WRSF), 500 has., is 70-355 meters above ground. Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) at Mal River Valley, 1,300 has., up to 280 meters high and 2.1 kms. long. Fresh Water Dam (FWD) on Mal River has a storage capacity of 215,000 ML.
Impacts: (1) clearing on 3,985 has. (1,310 has. are rainforest) and agricultural land. (2) destruction of biodiversity: flora – 1,000 species; fauna – 280. Most are endemic to Mindanao; (3) seepage of contaminated water from the open-pit mining to the entire Koronadal Valley Aquifers (Shallow – 50-100 meters deep); (4) climate change; (5) flashfloods. Note: SMI will CONTROL distribution of safe drinking water!
As conclusion: Bishop asked the people: “Will you oppose open-pit mining? Strong answer: “YES”. Will you sign the statement opposing SMI’s open-pit mining? “YES!” was their answer.