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Fishers agonize reclamation in Navotas

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Fishers agonize reclamation in Navotas

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Ongoing reclamation in Navotas

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday decried the ongoing installation of fences and markers on the shore of Brgy. Tangos, a fishing community in Navotas City. The fences and markers are in preparation with the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP), a 650-hectare reclamation and eco-tourism project approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) as requested by Navotas City Mayor, John Rey Tiangco.

The project was approved during then-President Benigno Aquino III, of which according to PAMALAKAYA will effectively demolish around 20,000 fisherfolk and urban poor residents in Navotas City.

The fisherfolk group said the completion of the markers made of gravel and the fences made of metal will block the fisherfolk from going offshore to make livelihood. They said the project has been planned since 2012 but the strong resistance of the fisherfolk and urban settlers effectively delayed the project.

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“Forget the investment sham; let’s talk about the shattered lives of people”, fishers to Chamber of Mines

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Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP)

Chamber of Mines

Manila, Philippines – The country’s biggest mining group Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has earned the wrath of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) over the formers insistence to continue its mining operations despite the closure order of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to prevent our environment from further destruction caused by unrestrained, large-scale mining operations.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA calls the ‘economic growth’ claimed by the COMP as an absurd and one-sided growth.

In what universe this group of mining firms has its ‘economic growth’? They even exploit our workers through unfair labor practices and safety risks. This one-sided industry rakes profit out of our rich minerals and resources and violates the socio-economic welfare of the people. If there is only sector that can savor the said growth, it’s probably the selfish interests  of big-mining firms and not its workers,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Fisherfolk backs Lopez’s termination of mining contracts

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Fisherfolk backs Lopez’s termination of mining contracts

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez | Photo by ABS-CBN News

Manila, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez has earned the words of praise from the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) over the recent cancellation of 75 mining permits under the contract of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) operating mainly in the country’s major watersheds.

In a statement, Pamalakaya Chairperson Fernando Hicap said this will initially bring environmental and social justice to the struggling-people who have been resisting against large-scale mining operations for the protection and conservation of our environment and social rights of the people.

PAMALAKAYA said rural people particularly farmers and fisherfolk are always the front-line casualties of large-scale mining operations due to environmental and marine degradation inflicted by wanton mining activities.

We must say well done, Secretary Lopez. Her firm stand against large-scale mining is highly notable. Large-scale mining activities always pose threat to the community, economic and social rights of the rural people through community displacement, livelihood destruction and environmental disasters,” Hicap said.

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Fisherfolk hits proposed power-plant project in Sariaya

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Fisherfolk hits proposed power-plant project in Sariaya

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Coastal bay of Sariaya that is a target of SMC’s power plant

Sariaya, Quezon – The municipal chapter of the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) in Sariaya, Quezon opposes the proposed power plant by the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) which plan to construct along the town’s four coastal barangays, namely, Barangay Guisguis Talon, Guisguis San Roque, Castanas and Talaan Aplaya.

The proposed project has yet to release its details but according to Sariaya Mayor Marcelo Gayeta during a pre-dialogue with the fisherfolk leaders on Monday, he had held a meeting with representatives of SMC regarding the planned power plant after he assumed his post last year.

Our municipal Mayor has already revealed that SMC plans to construct its power plant in our coastal community at the cost of our right to livelihood and shelter,” Virgilio Sabate, PAMALAKAYA-Sariaya Chairperson said in a statement.

PAMALAKAYA-Saraya said the project would mean to displace more than 15,000 fisherfolk and coastal residents in Sariaya. The fisherfolk group said they have received warning last year that they should vacate their community for their land was already sold to an unidentified businessman.

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Fishers, environmentalists declare war against ‘Great Wall of Leyte’

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Fishers, environmentalists declare war against ‘Great Wall of Leyte’

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Yolanda survivors under People Surge staged a protest at DENR

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas), People Surge, an alliance of Yolanda survivors based in Tacloban City, and environmental group Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) are gearing for a total war against the national government’s ambitious plan to build anti-storm surge wall along the towns of Tacloban City, Palo and Tanauan, Leyte known as the Tide Embankment Project (TEP).

The TEP (also known as ‘The Great Wall of Leyte’) which costs 7.9 billion pesos is a long stretch of seawall from Tacloban to the town of Tanauan, Leyte, touted to protect people from storm surges. Of the 27.3 kilometers length of the embankment, 20.1 km. are in Tacloban, 4.1 km. will cover Palo and 3.1 km. in Tanauan. It shall have a height of about 4.5 meters and its center line said to stand 30 meters from the seashore.

In Tacloban City alone, 10,000 coastal households face impending eviction to pave way for the project based on the Tacloban North Integrate Development Plan. Many of the communities that are directly affected are still waiting for adequate rehabilitation and economic aid three years after the super-typhoon Yolanda struck the country.

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‘Great Wall of Leyte’ is a monstrous disaster in the making – fisherfolk

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‘Great Wall of Leyte’ is a monstrous disaster in the making – fisherfolk

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The proposed tide embankment project also known as ‘great wall of Leyte’ | Photo by Isumat

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) calls for the immediate suspension of the Tacloban-Palo-Tanauan Tide Embankment Project (TEP) for it will meant to displace more than 14,000 households, mostly fisherfolk from 1 city and 2 coastal municipalities in the province of Leyte.

The 7.9 billion tide embankment project (also known as ‘The Great Wall of Leyte’) is a long stretch of seawall from Tacloban to the town of Tanauan, Leyte, touted to protect people from storm surges. Of the 27.3 kms length of embankment, 20.1 kms are in Tacloban, 4.1 kms will cover Palo and 3.1 kms. in Tanauan. It shall have a height of about 4.5 meters and its center line said to stand 30 meters from the seashore.

In Candahug, Palo, several residents have already started demolishing their own houses and small businesses after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) compensated the structures based on assessed value. In Cogon, Palo, DPWH employees constantly visit their community to assess their houses and put numbers in red vandals indicative that they will be affected by the Tide Embankment project.

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Cordova reclamation to displace 2,000 fisherfolk – fisherfolk group

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Cordova reclamation to displace 2,000 fisherfolk – fisherfolk group

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Fisheman from Cebu protested the ongoing reclamation project in their coastal community

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday warned President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) on the implications of the reclamation project in Cordova, Cebu which will cover about 1,500 hectares of coastal waters in the 3rd class municipality in the province.

The reclamation project, which costs P138-B as proposed by Herny Sy-owned SM Prime Holdings Inc. is supposed to start next year and would be completed for 8 years. But due to technicalities, the project faces snag during then-President Benigno Aquino as it doesn’t comply with the process set by the PRA. But the SM Prime Holdings said it will push through the reclamation project under the new administration. It was also one of the biggest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects under then-President Aquino, a privatization scheme also adopted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

49% of the reclaimed land will go to SM Prime Holdings while the remaining 50% will be for the municipality of Cordova and the PRA.

Under the current administration, the project has no budget allocation but it is still one of the PPP’s pending projects, including the Laguna Lake Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) and other reclamation projects that were temporarily terminated last administration.

The fisherfolk group said that the reclamation project will eject 2,000 fisherfolk families from Cordova which rely on the fishing ground that is a target for reclamation.

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