ALG Commends SC for Rules on Environment Cases

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The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commended the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases just before the Earth Day celebration.

"The new rules would greatly help in the immediate resolution of cases as the high court has provided new remedies for the protection of the environment and new rules that are expected to facilitate the resolution of these cases," said lawyer Marlon Manuel, ALG coordinator.

The new rules of procedure for environmental cases, which will be effective on April 29, 2010, adhere to the basic principle of protection and advancement of the constitutional right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology.

The rules provide simplified, speedy and inexpensive procedure for the enforcement of environmental right and duties recognized under the Constitution, existing laws, rules and regulations and international agreements.

The rules introduce innovations and best practices in ensuring the effective enforcement of remedies and redress for violation of environmental laws and in enabling the courts to monitor and exact compliance with orders and judgments in environmental cases.

"ALG members are currently handling more than 100 cases involving the environment, especially on mining, aerial spraying of pesticides and fungicides, coastal resource management, protection of watershed and river systems, water and air pollution, food security, protection of ancestral domains and indigenous peoples' rights, and biodiversity. …