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‘No-build zone’ policy blamed for sudden surge in unemployment in 2013

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‘No-build zone’ policy blamed for sudden surge in unemployment in 2013

Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga

PUTTING up the “no-build zone” in coastal areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda last year has contributed to the country’s unemployment problem, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said on Wednesday.

 Salvador France, vice chairman of Pamalakaya, said a significant population of mostly fishermen and agricultural workers were restricted to their bunkhouses and tent cities and prevented from pursuing livelihood means like fishing by the policy to make coastal areas in Eastern Visayas “off-limits” to dwellings.

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DENR urged to remove no-build zone markers in Eastern Visayas

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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.

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Rely on people power, not on capitalists to rehab Yolanda hit areas

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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” 

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Pamalakaya demands explanation, acceptable reason why no-dwelling edict is good

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Pamalakaya demands explanation, acceptable reason why no-dwelling edict is good

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba and Tanya Fantasia Mendoza

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.

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Euro fish to flood Manila if bilateral trade deal is Ok’d

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Euro fish to flood Manila if bilateral trade deal is Ok’d

Fishermen unload their catch near a fish market in Male

Manila : Philippines | Jan 29, 2014 at 6:34 AM PST

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Fishermen unload their catch near a fish market in Male

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.

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Palace urged to drop no build zone policy in Yolanda stricken areas

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Palace urged to drop no build zone policy in Yolanda stricken areas 
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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.
In a press statement, groups led by the militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and its regional chapters in Eastern Visayas, Panay and Northern Cebu, Pamalakaya-Laguna Lake, Sagip Manila Bay Movement (SMBM), Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), Alyansa ng Magdaragat sa Bacoor, Cavite and Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Manila Bay) said the no-build zone policy is now being used to prevent fisherfolk survivors currently housed in tent cities and bunkhouses from going back to their villages and resume fishing.
“The no-build zone came in like a wrecking ball and hit every fishing village. The fisherfolk are being told not to return for their safety but the government is planning to construct infrastructures for big business. This is highly objectionable and totally outrageous,” said Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France.
The Pamalakaya official said they received reports from their chapters in Tacloban City and different fishing communities in Leyte and Eastern Samar that fisherfolk were warned not to return to their fishing villages and that the government will find some settlement areas for them.

Fishermen deplore Aquino’s ‘very good’ rating as hoax

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Fishermen deplore Aquino’s ‘very good’ rating as hoax