Written Answers. - Philippines National Park.

Roger T. Garland

Ceist:

149 Mr. Garland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether, following representations from Trócaire and a Filipino representative in Ireland, the Government have been in touch with the authorities to request that, (a) the development plan for the Mount Apo, the National Park from 1936, or a geothermal plant, be withdrawn and that the mountain be declared as ancestral land for all Lumads in the area and (b) the implementation of constitutional provisions such as the protection of indigenous people's right to a healthy and sound environment.

Neither I nor my Department have received representation from Trócaire or the person referred to by the Deputy in relation to the issues raised by him. I will, of course, consider any representations which are made to me on the matter.