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By Gerry Albert Corpuz
MANILA, Philippines-A national federation of small fisherfolk organizations today pressed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to dismantle all no-build zone markers it had installed since last year and allow fishermen and other coastal villagers to return to their fishing areas and communities.
In a press statement, the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) asked DENR secretary Ramon Paje to remove all temporary markers it constructed indicating the 40 meters no build zone policy from the coastline of San Joaquin in Palo, Leyte up to San Juanico Bridge in Tacloban City.
Rely on people power, not on capitalists to rehab Yolanda hit areas
By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Keluar Ramayana Bintang
MANILA, Philippines- A fisherfolk alliance representing survivors of super typhoon Yolanda decried the decision of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to bankroll on powerful conglomerates to fast track the rehabilitation of coastal areas affected by the deadly storm last year. In a press statement, the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) dismissed the enlistment of top Philippine corporations and business tycoons in the rehabilitation campaign as the “great robbery of the millennium”
Pamalakaya demands explanation, acceptable reason why no-dwelling edict is good
Manila, Philippines– Leaders of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday pressed Yolanda rehabilitation secretary Panfilo Lacson [Unlink] to explain and convince survivors of the deadly typhoon last year why coastal areas ravaged by super typhoon should no longer be allowed to dwell in fishing villages across Eastern Visayas.
Euro fish to flood Manila if bilateral trade deal is Ok’d
By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Trinity Biglang Awa
Manila, Philippines– Small fishermen identified with the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said once the Philippine government approves a bilateral free trade pact with the European Union, imported fish from member states of EU will flood the local market to the detriment of subsistence fishermen across-the-country.
Quoting a study made by Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PDIS), Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said the small-scale fishermen are the biggest losers in the one-sided deal since they will face increasing competition with highly subsidized and cheap fish imports from European countries.
Manila, Philippines- Fisherfolk groups from Eastern Visayas, Panay Island, Northern Cebu, Manila Bay and Laguna Lake areas today urged Malacanang to drop like a hot potato the no build zone policy, which the Aquino administration will soon impose in areas stricken by super typhoon Yolanda last year and other areas affected by typhoon Ondoy in 2009.