This is an appeal to ask every Davaenio to sign the petition to REJECT the ABOITIZ COAL POWER PLANT PROJECT for Bgy. Binugao, Toril, Davao City.

It was recently approved by virtue of the votes of the City Council of Davao overriding the Mayors Veto to block the said project just 3 days ago as we write.

This is the last card for us the people to save Davao and eventually... the planet as a whole.

Based on Republic Act  No. 6735, it recognizes "The power of the people under a system of initiative and referendum to DIRECTLY PROPOSE, ENACT, APPROVE, or REJECT, in WHOLE or IN PART, the Constiitution, Laws, Ordinances, or Resolutions passed by any Legislative body...

The same law has three systems and one of which is the power of the people to transmit a petition on "Referendum on local law which refers to a petition to approve or reject a law, resolution or ordinance enacted by regional assemblies and local legislative bodies."

Section 4 of the law states that "The power of initiative and referendum may be exercised by all registered voters of the country, autonomous regions, provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays."

In the case of Davao City, in order to reject the ordinance reclassifying a parcel of land in Binugao, the vote in favor for it must reach at least 10% of the total number of registered voters and each legislative district of Davao City must be represented by 3% of its registered voters.

Commission on Elections records as of March 17, 200 shows Davao City has a voting population of 797,214. Ten percent of that will be 79,721.

Considering there will be more voters registered as we speak, 80,000 or more signatures will be more than enough to Save Davao.

Please help spread the word.... Help save Davao.... Help save the planet.

Please contact the office of the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte for more information.


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Cutting back on soot emissions would buy us time in our fight against global warming. Soot is caused by the partial burning of fossil fuels, wood and vegetation. Soot is known to contain over forty different cancer causing chemicals, and a complete cut would offer untold health benefits worldwide.

Environmental conservation has always been a topic for lengthy discussions, but up until recent times, global warming and climate changes were vague subjects, with no hard proof. Not surprisingly, the previous lack of attention to these issues have created a very gloomy outlook on our future. So, considering all this, what could be the biggest contributor to climate changes through global warming? Transportation - the man-made iron horses, flying machines and sea monsters, so to speak.

The question we have now is how green is our transportation? The majority of the worlds' vehicles are fueled by oil (petrol, diesel and kerosene). Even if they rely on electricity, the stations used to generate this electricity use fossil fuels for power! Excluding vehicle manufacture, transportation is responsible for 14% of the artificially created greenhouse emissions, mostly carbondioxide.

Automobiles, trains and planes are all responsible for this problem, but cars are the highest impact-makers. They release approximately six times more carbondioxide than a plane and seven times more than sea vessels.

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Air pollution is not a new phenomenon; in Medieval times, the burning of coal was forbidden in London while Parliament was in session. Air pollution problems have dramatically increased in intensity as well as scale due to the increase in emissions since the Industrial Revolution.