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Dismiss restoration of Laguna lake mega-dike, DPWH told

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Dismiss restoration of Laguna lake mega-dike, DPWH told

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Proposed Laguna Lake mega-dike

Manila, Philippines – The acivist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday told the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to reject the revival of the mega dike project in Laguna de Bay, known as the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP). The LLEDP was one of the biggest projects of then-President Noynoy Aquino under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), amounting P122.8 billion.

The LLEDP has two proposed components – a 47-kilometer expressway dike from Muntinlupa, Taguig to Los Banos, Laguna; and the 700-hectare reclamation intended for commercial, residential and mixed use. But the project was terminated early last year due to failed bidding accompanied by strong resistance from the Laguna lake fishers, settlers and other sectors concerned in the brackish lake.

Fisherfolk, residents, environmentalists and other concerned sectors oppose the project because this will pose grave threat to the fragile marine environment and species of the 90-thousand hectare lake. Moreover, around 4.9 million fisherfolk and urban poor families will be wiped out of their livelihood and coastal community.

The DPWH, one of the implementing agencies of the LLEDP has earlier said that it would still push through the construction of the mega dike for it is crucial for the transformation of the Laguna de Bay into eco-tourism zone.

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Fisherfolk, Yolanda victims staged protest vs ‘Great Wall of Leyte’

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Fisherfolk, Yolanda victims staged protest vs ‘Great Wall of Leyte’

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Yolanda survivors trooped DPWH to protest Tide Embankment Project which is a detrimental to their lives & livelihood

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) and Yolanda victims under the People Surge, an alliance of the disaster survivors staged a protest at the central office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday to demand the suspension of the Tacloban-Palo-Tanauan 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.

According to People Surge, more than 14,000 households, majority are fisherfolk will be demolished for the completion of the embankment project. In Palo, Leyte, several residents have already started to self-demolish as ordered by the DPWH in exchange for little compensation based on assessed value.

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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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Navotas fishers oppose the 650-ha Navotas Boulevard Business Park

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Navotas fishers oppose the 650-ha Navotas Boulevard Business Park

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Navotas Fish Port | Photo credit: hobofrommanila.wordpress.com

 

Manila, Philippines – Members of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in Navotas yesterday held a meeting consultation regarding the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) which was approved during former President Noynoy Aquino’s administration.

The NBBP covers 650-hectare reclamation and will range 50 from the shoreline up to the communities situated along the water. This will result to the demolition of around 20,000 fisherfolk and urban poor residents. The reclamation project was approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) as requested by City Mayor John Rey Tiangco.

This is the sum of all our fears. Manila Bay is already in throe courtesy of past reclamation and conversion projects, if its grand sell out will be pushed through, this will bring the former into its final deathbed. With the guarantee from the government through the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), big developers continue to destroy our environment and seas for their profit-generating businesses to the detriment of the fisherfolk and poor families’ lives and livelihood,” Fernando Sevilla, a fisherman from Navotas and member of Pamalakaya said in a statement.

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Reject revival of Laguna lake mega dike project – fisherfolk to new DPWH Chief

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Reject revival of Laguna lake mega dike project – fisherfolk to new DPWH Chief

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Incoming DPWH Secretary Mark Villar | Photo courtesy of rappler.com

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) urged the incoming Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar to block  the  revival of  the terminated Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) under the  incoming Duterte administration.

The LLEDP was outgoing President Aquino’s biggest project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program amounting to P123B. It has two components – a 47 kilometer expressway dike that will start from Muntinlupa, Taguig to Los Banos, Laguna; and the 700 hectare reclamation for mixed use. The project was terminated during Aquino’s term due to bidders’ several concerns and strong resistance from fisherfolk and residents living along the lake.

The DPWH, one of the implementing agencies of the LLEDP, earlier said that they will revive the project during the incoming administration as this is a crucial project in Laguna de Bay.

Noting that Secretary Villar’s family firm was one of the qualified bidders of the defunct project, Pamalakaya  said, all the more  reason for the newly appointed Secretary to obstruct  any attempt to reinstall  the project.

He must disprove that his appointment to the DPWH post will give  his family’s business interests’ advantage  by tightening the noose on any attempt at reviving  the LLEDP, and all the reclamation projects that are destructive to the fishers and the environment.” Salvador France, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson said in a statement.

The fisherfolk group claimed that around 3.9 million fisherfolk and urban poor families will be gravely affected if the LLEDP is pursued. This will also put the dying lake into its final death bed. ###

Fishers and lake residents score victory with the termination of the Laguna lake road dike

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Fishers and lake residents score victory with the termination of the Laguna lake road dike

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Pamalakaya and SLLM stormed the DPWH office during the supposed LLEDP bidding

 

Manila, Philippines – “This is victory to the fishers and people who tirelessly fought to stop this
disastrous project!”

This was the statement of the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) and the broad alliance Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) with the failure of qualified bidders to submit their bids on the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) and the subsequent announcement of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to terminate the project.

According to the DPWH, it is not realistic to once again postpone the bidding, but said they are still open for another round of qualifying and bidding until the next Administration is installed.

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Fisherfolk to delay of Laguna Dike bidding: make it permanent!

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Fisherfolk to delay of Laguna Dike bidding: make it permanent!

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Fisherfolk trooped to DPWH to sabotage the LLEDP bidding ceremony

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakasng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Wednesday hails the delay of the bidding for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) and calls for its permanent dislocation altogether.

The LLEDP’s final submission of bids was moved, set to be done on March 14; it was for moved to March 28 due to the bidders’ ‘concerns’. Fisherfolk from Pamalakaya and members of the broad alliance Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) stormed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to sabotage the bidding process last Monday.

This ‘delay’ is a result of the immense resistance of the fisherfolk and the residents against this project. We vow not to stop our actions and protest against this LLEDP until it’s completely and permanently dislocated. We’ll just keep intensifying their ‘concerns’ until we win.” Salvador France, Pamalakaya Vice-Chairperson said in a statement.

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