Kilos-protesta ikinasa sa ADB annual meeting

Kilos-protesta ikinasa sa ADB annual meeting

September 29, 2022 @ 3:23 PM 2 months ago

MANILA, Philippines – Nagtipon-tipon sa harap ng headquarters ng Asian Development Bank (ADB) ang iba’t ibang grupo partikular na ang mga climate activisits kasabay ng nagpapatuloy na 55th Annual Meeting dito.

Sigaw ng mga grupo na itigil na ang pagpopondo sa lahat ng fossil fuels projects at ang pagbibigay ng palpak na solusyon upang labanan ang climate crisis.

“We are protesting the ADB’s continued financing of fossil gas, which seriously imperils climate action. It is not enough for the ADB to end financing for new coal. It needs to stop financing for all fossil fuels,” ani Lidy Nacpil mula sa Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD).

“We are also demanding that ADB cancel outstanding debts fossil fuels and other harmful projects. It should immediately start with canceling debts from coal projects. ADB has already acknowledged that coal power is harmful to people and planet and committed to stopping new coal lending. It should cancel outstanding loans from its past support for coal or convert these outstanding debts to grants for renewable energy. Staggering debt burdens continue to plague most developing countries and the impacts of these burdens are far worse during this time of the multiple crises of COVID, climate, and economic hardships,” dagdag pa niya.

Pinipigilan rin umano ng mga proyektong pinondohan ng ADB ang pagkakaroon ng renewable energy system sa iba’t ibang bansa.

Dagdag pa ng ilang grupo, inihinto man ng ADB ang mga bagong coal projects nito ay pinayagan naman nitong pondohan ang ilang gas projects na sa katunayan ay nakagastos na ng aabot sa $4.7 bilyon sa gas.

“Super typhoons and the pandemic have taught us that neglecting critical issues such as public health, energy access, and village-to-hospital infrastructure can lead to a massive human and capital cost. The ADB cannot pursue a pathway that remains bound to private profit in the name of development,” pagdidiin naman ni Rayyan Hassan, executive director ng NGO Forum on ADB.

“We continuously demand that the ADB develop strong safeguards now. There can be no genuine progressive safeguards policy while turning a blind eye to the situation of human rights defenders, laborers, and a private sector operating in secrecy,” pagsuporta ni Annabel Perreras, Project Data Analyst ng kaparehong grupo.

Sa huling datos nitong Abril 2022, nakapagpahiram na ang ADB ng aabot sa $355.47 bilyon sa Asian member countries bilang bahagi ng cumulative loans, grants, equity investments, at technical assistance program commitments.

“Many projects funded by ADB loans have buried peoples of the South in illegitimate debts and caused significant health risks, environmental destruction, and erosion of local livelihoods,” pagtatapos ni Atty Aaron Pedrosa ng Sanlakas. RNT/JGC