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PAMALAKAYA rejects BFAR’s National Mariculture Program
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday expressed its opposition on the proposed National Mariculture Program (NMP) which aims to establish mariculture parks and zones in duly designated areas located within the municipal waters.
Mariculture refers to an integrated branch of aquaculture designed to produce and culture fish through sea cages, long lines and other culture structures in marine and coastal areas.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said mariculture parks will further the privatization and corporate take-over of our fishing waters and marine resources at the expense of the communal fishing grounds of municipal and subsistent fisherfolk.
The fisherfolk group cited Laguna de Bay as a living proof of how giant local and foreign fishing firms have taken over of our fishing waters, where almost 60% of the total size of the 90-thousand hectare brackish lake are currently occupied by vast-tracts of fish pens and fish cages owned by few fish-firms and powerful individuals, leaving the small fishers huddle over the small fishing waters left.
The fisherfolk group refutes the claim of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that mariculture will ensure food security to the population while protecting the aquatic resources. PAMALAKAYA said aquacultures often result to siltation, fish kill and other marine ecological disruption like the depletion of fish catch due to chemical feeds used in culturing fish.
Mariculture does not also guarantee local food security because of its present export-oriented production where export-based marine species like seaweeds and prawn are the main products of aquaculture.
Lawmakers asked to probe construction of US bases in Palawan
MANILA, Philippines – Palawan fishermen identified with the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday appealed to lawmakers to conduct an investigation on the alleged construction of a mini-naval base in Oyster Bay in Palawan.
In particular, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) put to task members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senate Committee on National Defense, and the upper house counter part committees at the House of Representatives to undertake separate probes on the alleged plan of the US government and the Aquino administration to transform Oyster Bay in Palawan into a mini-naval base for visiting American forces.
Fisheries 101, a privilege speech of Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap on the lower House of Representatives
Fisheries 101: The poor situation of small-scale fisherfolks in the Philippines
Privilege Speech of Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap on the 16th year since legislation of Fisheries Code of 1998.
Honorable Speaker of the House and to my co-legislators in the lower House of Representatives, good afternoon to all of us.
Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to share the present situation of the poor Filipino fisherfolks. The year 2014 is the 16th year since the Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 was passed by Congress and signed into to law on February 24, 1998 by former President Fidel Valdez Ramos.
Pamalakaya chair and Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap delivers sponsorship speech against Charter Change
Land for the landless, Not Charter Change!
Genuine Sovereignty and Patrimony for Filipinos!
First and foremost, the representative of Anakpawis partylist expresses gratitude to the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments for giving way to tackle the House Resolution No. 13 that expresses our disapproval in the reenactment of Charter Change (ChaCha) under the Aquino administration.
Mr. Chairperson and to my fellow legislators, Anakpawis partylist has 3 major issues and basis why we assert our standing against the proposed ChaCha.
First, giving rights to the foreign corporations and companies to own lands in our country will not make any development. The proposed 100 % foreign ownership of land is clearly against the legitimate rights for land of our poor Filipino farmers that are supposed to be the proprietor and the tiller of their land. This is also a proof of surrendering our national patrimony and sovereignty to the foreign controls.