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Yolanda affected fishers received ‘epoxy’ from government

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MARCH 28, 2014 
Yolanda affected fishers received ‘epoxy’ from government

 “Subsistence fisherfolk need new boats, at least 10-12 horse power motor engines and new nets because all their fishing gears were swept away during super typhoon Yolanda.”

By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ
Bulatlat.com

NEW WASHINGTON, Aklan- Could fisherfolk revive their livelihood after being devastated by a super typhoon with a tube of adhesive, some pieces of plywood and few kilos of nails? It seems the government thinks so.

The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) learned that small fisherfolk affected by super typhoon Yolanda in New Washington, Aklan province merely received “epoxy,” (a brand of adhesive) some pieces of plywood and few kilos of nails from the government’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), which, the group said, is grossly ridiculous and highly revolting.

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Shift P24-B aircraft purchases to rehab of Yolanda-hit areas

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PNOY URGED
Shift P24-B aircraft purchases to rehab of Yolanda-hit areas
Victim-fishers got mere ‘epoxy’ from gov’t
By Ding Cervantes

Apr 01, 2014

CITY OF SAN FEERNANDO – The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) has urged Pres. Aquino to junk the purchase of P18.9 billion fighter jets from South Korea and the P4.8 billion helicopters from Canada, and insteare-channel the budget for the rehabilitation of Yolanda stricken areas in Eastern Visayas, Northern Cebu, Northern Negros, Panay Island and Palawan.

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‘No-build zone policy’ will displace coastal settlers in Region 8 — group

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‘No-build zone policy’ will displace coastal settlers in Region 8 — group

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  • By Alvin Murcia and Benjamin B. Pulta

A militant fisherfolk group yesterday expressed the fear that thousands of coastal settlers all over Region VIII will be wire out if the “no-build policy zone” will not be reconsidered.

This was the apprehension of the members of Pamalakaya as they urged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to keep her promise that she will look into the concerns of the fisherfolks which was stated in their letter dated Feb. 21, 2014.
The group said the no-build policy in areas ravaged by supertyphoon “Yolanda,” particularly Tacloban City and other areas in Region VIII, is being adopted not only by the national government but the local government as well.

Pamalakaya’s fear of the effect of the policy to the lowly fishermen was further bolstered because of the plan to extend the policy to 200 meters from the shoreline.

If that will be the case, thousands of families of fishermen living in the shoreline would definitely be displaced and no place to go to.

The group is banking on the assurance of De Lima that she will conduct a legal study on the said controversial policy being carried out in typhoon-stricken areas in Eastern Visayan Region.

The assurance of an action was contained in her letter dated March 5 and addressed to Salvador France and Peter Gonzales, vice chairpersons of the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya).
In that letter, De Lima stated they are taking note of the observations and request sent by the militant group to her office last Feb. 21, 2014 urging her to undertake a comprehensive legal assessment of No-Build Zone policy and eventually scrap the measure to avoid massive displacement of fishing and farming communities in Yolanda ravaged areas.

The no-build zone policy was announced by no less than by President Aquino a week after the deadly storm placed Tacloban City and the rest of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Panay and Negros Islands and Palawan province in shambles to keep the coastal villages away from harm’s way and avoid another repetition of the Great Deluge in Region VIII.

The President then instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to implement the no-build zone policy effectively banning the small fishermen and other residents from returning to their fishing villages. The policy likewise bans coastal people from building houses and settlements near the coastlines and forty meters (40 meters) away from the shoreline.

But Pamalakaya said the policy is not supported by any legal instrument or written memorandum like an Executive Order (EO) or Administrative Order (AO) from the Office of the President was followed and bolstered by the passage of Tacloban City ordinance employing the same against the collective will and sentiment of affected fishermen and the rest of the survivors of storm Yolanda.

The group noted that because of the policy other local officials affected by the typhoon followed suit and even Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who previously expressed apprehension against the no-build zone policy, implemented the policy in Capiz and stopped small fishing activities of coastal people and barred the same from returning to their villages.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has assured the groups that her office will study the matter.

In her letter dated March 5 and addressed to Salvador France and Peter Gonzales, vice chairpersons of the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Secretary de Lima said the DoJ said her office has duly taken note of the observations and request sent by the group to Office of the Justice Secretary filed on February 21.

The request urged Secretary de Lima to undertake a comprehensive legal assessment of No-Build Zone policy and eventually scrap the measure to avoid massive displacement of fishing and farming communities in Yolanda ravaged areas.
De Lima said her office acknowledged the request of Pamalakaya to investigate the possible criminal and civil accountabilities of government agencies and officials who blatantly and bizarrely carried out the No Build Zone policy despite strong opposition coming from concerned sectors and survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

De Lima also took note of the arguments of Pamalakaya that the no-build zone policy bans small fishermen and coastal people from returning to fishing villages and building settlements near coastlines and forty meters away from the shoreline.
Pamalakaya said the no-build zone, no-dwell zone policy applies to all 171 cities and municipalities, which the national government and the DENR collapsed into 24 areas of intervention.

Likewise in their letter to Secretary de Lima, Pamalakaya recommended the filing of appropriate charges against President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Rehabilitation Chief Panfilo Lacson, DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, DND Secretary and NDRRMC chief Voltaire Gazmin, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and local government officials of Tacloban City for sheer incompetence and neglect.

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DoJ conducting legal study on No-Build Zone policy, critics say

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DoJ conducting legal study on No-Build Zone policy, critics say

The online news portal of TV5

MANILA – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has assured groups opposed to the controversial No-Build Zone policy being enforced in Eastern Visayas and other areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda that her office will conduct a legal study on the policy, which they said was illegal and displaces millions of fisher folk and their families.

De Lima said in March 5 letter to Salvador France and Peter Gonzales, vice chairpersons of the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), that the DoJ notes the observations and request sent by the group to the Office of the Justice Secretary. In their February 21 letter, the groups urged de Lima to undertake a comprehensive legal assessment of No-Build Zone policy and eventually scrap it to avoid massive displacement of fishing and farming communities in Yolanda-ravaged areas.

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DoJ conducting a legal study on No-Build Zone policy

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DoJ conducting a legal study on No-Build Zone policy
Manila, Philippines- Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima assured groups opposed to the controversial No-Build Zone policy currently carried out in Eastern Visayas and other areas stricken by super typhoon Yolanda last year that her office will conduct a legal study on the matter.
In her letter dated March 5 and addressed to Salvador France and Peter Gonzales, vice chairpersons of the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Secretary de Lima said the DoJ duly take notes of the observations and request sent by the group to Office of the Justice Secretary filed on February 21, urging Secretary de Lima to undertake a comprehensive legal assessment of No-Build Zone policy and eventually scrap the measure to avoid massive displacement of fishing and farming communities in Yolanda ravaged areas.

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No-build zone policy displaces 10.8 million people in Yolanda, non-Yolanda areas – Pamalakaya

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No-build zone policy displaces 10.8 million people in Yolanda, non-Yolanda areas – Pamalakaya

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InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA — The no-build zone policy of rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson is a “nightmare” to 100,000 fishermen in Yolanda-affected areas, keeping at least 800,000 people dependent on fishing from their source of livelihood, the fishermen’s alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a news release Sunday.

The policy bans the construction of houses 40 meters from sea coasts.

Pamalakaya is thus asking Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II to stop Lacson from carrying out the policy intended to keep coastal residents safe from tsunamis and storm surges.

“Secretary Roxas should stop the Office of the President and Ping Lacson from carrying out this all-time high brutality and wholesale disregard of people’s rights and welfare. The DILG chief should rise above the occasion and take a decisive stand on the no-dwell zone, no-build zone policy to protect the farmers, the fishermen, and other marginalized people,” Pamalakaya said in a statement.

In Panay Island alone, the policy would forcibly dislocate at least 70,000 families or 350,000 people. Most of the displaced are farmers and small fishermen, Pamalakaya vice chairpersons Salvador France and Peter Gonzales. Citing government estimates, they said the breakdown is: 36,300 families in Iloilo, 16,000 families in Aklan, 12,000 families in Capiz, and 5,000 families in Antique.

Beyond ‘Yolanda’ areas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) would expand the coverage of no-build zone policy from 40 meters to 200 meters to pave the way for eco-tourism projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program, said Pamalakaya chairperson and Anakpawis partylist Rep. Fernando Hicap.

This way, Hicap said, the policy will be carried out to give way to corporate takeover by local and foreign private enterprises and businesses involved in rehabilitation programs and cause severe damage to livelihood and environment.

The policy will also be carried out in Laguna Lake and Manila Bay to justify the construction of a new international airport and other big-time PPP projects in the 90,000-hectare Laguna Lake and provide premium to large-scale and widespread reclamation projects in Manila Bay, Pamalakaya said.

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Haiyan victims sent PH president to fires of hell

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By Billy Javier Reyes, Gerry Albert Corpuz and Tanya Fantasia Mendoza

Manila, Philippines– Fisherfolk activists and survivors of super typhoon Yolanda literally sent President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to “fires of hell” as they burned placard-sized photos of the Chief Executive with caption “Diablo ng Malacanang” in a rally held this morning at Mendiola Bridge.

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