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Groups press Lacson’s ouster as rehab chief

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Groups press Lacson’s ouster as rehab chief

 Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, barely two months after his appointment, isn’t earning support from various groups for him to lead the rehabilitation efforts in super typhoon “Yolanda”-devastated areas in Tacloban City and across Eastern Visayas.

 

This as fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and its regional chapter Pamalakaya-Eastern Visayas yesterday called on Lacson to quit his post after the former senator dismissed protesting survivors of Yolanda as “pawns of communist agitators out to destabilize the Aquino administration.”

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Groups urge Congress to pass law declaring Manila Bay a reclamation free zone

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Groups urge Congress to pass law declaring Manila Bay a reclamation free zone

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Billy Javier Reyes 

 Manila, Philippines- Manila Bay based groups Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Anakpawis partylist, Sagip Manila Bay Movement (SMBM), Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM) and Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Manila Bay) today asked lawmakers to pass a law declaring the bay of Manila from South to North free from any large-scale land reclamation activities.

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

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FEBRUARY 18, 2014
DENR urged to remove no-build zone markers in Eastern Visayas

  “The movement against no-build zone, no-dwell zone policy will spread like wildfire. The people in the coastal communities will continue to expose and oppose this highly unacceptable adventure of the government to deny our fisherfolk the rights to livelihood and decent communities.”

By GERRY ALBERRT CORPUZ
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MANILA – A national federation of small fisherfolk organizations has 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.

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Manila plans to tax starving fishermen

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Manila plans to tax starving fishermen

Manila : Philippines | Feb 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM PST
Kim Henares estimates just five million of the 38 million working-age Filipinos pay taxes
Kim Henares estimates just five million of the 38 million working-age Filipinos pay taxes

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Gloria Madonna Velarde

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine government is set to impose more taxes on marginalized sectors, including but not limited to subsistence fishermen who could hardly feed their families three times a day due to small income.

A national federation of small fishermen in the country had assailed the plan of Bureau of Internal Revenue to tax small fishermen other marginal income earners.

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Activists, survivors of typhoon Yolanda dumped water lilies to protest no-build zone

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Activists, survivors of typhoon Yolanda dumped water lilies to protest no-build zone

Typhoon survivors build makeshift shelters after super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city

Manila : Philippines | Feb 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM PST
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Typhoon survivors build makeshift shelters after super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city

By Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba and Gerry Albert Corpuz

Manila, Philippines- Survivors of last year’s super typhoon Yolanda and their supporters from Palawan, Manila Bay and Laguna Lake dumped sacks of water lilies and few pieces of knife fish at the gate of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City to protest the no-build zone policy currently imposed by the environmental agency in Tacloban City and across Eastern Visayas.

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Group slams BIR plan to tax fishermen

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Group slams BIR plan to tax fishermen

MANILA, Philippines – Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya on Thursday scored the plan of  the Bureau of Internal Revenue to tax small fishermen and other marginal income earners.

Pamalakaya said that the BIR wants small fishermen to pay taxes more than the 12 percent Expanded Value Added Tax  they pay for every liter of gasoline or diesel for their motorized boats and for the 12 percent EVAT they pay for every kilo of rice they buy to feed their family.

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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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