Laguna Lake Development Authority

With or without Lopez, demolition of fishpens in Laguna de Bay must proceed – PAMALAKAYA

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Manila, Philippines – Despite the rejection on the confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on her post by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on May 3, the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) still pushes President Rodrigo Duterte and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to continue its anti-fishpen campaign in the 90 thousand hectares brackish Laguna de Bay which was spearheaded by Secretary Lopez.

We lament the rejection of Secretary Lopez as Environment Secretary; we have lost a dependable ally against large-scale mines that destroy the environment and the livelihood of the rural people. She shows that she is the most competent Environment Chief by standing firm against powerful giant mines without hesitation. She is also committed on seeking consultations with the grassroots to hear their views on government and corporate projects that will affect their civil and economic rights,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

PAMALAKAYA said the campaign to dismantle vast-tract of fishpens in Laguna de Bay kicked off on January 27 where based on the data of LLDA, more than 1,000 hectares of aquaculture structures have been already ejected from the lake. But the fisherfolk group said it is not enough to restore the degrading lake for almost 60% of its total size is still occupied by wide fishpens owned by private corporations and individuals.

The government must continue to chase down thousands of hectares of fishpens owned by few big-time fishing firms and powerful individuals; some are local politicians and military generals conniving with the local government units and corrupt LLDA officials to monopolize and grab the rich fishing ground of small fisherfolk,” said Hicap.

The fisherfolk group said aside from dismantling of fishpens, Secretary Lopez was also convinced by the fisherfolk to stop all the reclamation activities in Laguna Lake that primarily contribute to its pollution and degradation and in order to rehabilitate the lake.

Whoever succeeds Secretary Lopez on her post should continue the pro-people policies that Lopez has started. We are already fed up by a traditional Environment Chief that is incompetent enough to prevent environmental plunderers from their destructive corporate activities at the cost of fragile environment and people’s lives,” ended Hicap. ###

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Addressing root causes of Laguna de Bay deterioration is a path towards its genuine rehabilitation – fisherfolk to new LLDA Chief

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Addressing root causes of Laguna de Bay deterioration is a path towards its genuine

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The worsening condition of Laguna de Bay

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Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) dares the newly-appointed General Manager (GM) of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to decisively address fundamental problems besetting Laguna de Bay that result to its gradual degradation.

On Monday, Nerius Acosta has been replaced by Joey Medina as the new General Manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said the new Laguna de Bay GM will be met with many challenges he acquired from his predecessor that  needs to confront thoroughly like the effects of past government projects that contribute to the deterioration of the 90-thousand hectare brackish lake. PAMALAKAYA said getting rid of wide-fish pens in Laguna de Bay is part of the new General Manager’s urgent task to rehabilitate and revive the lake.

The new LLDA GM should face the fundamental problems and issues besetting Laguna de Bay fair and square. Laguna de Bay and its fishersfolk doesn’t need another incompetent and mediocre LLDA Chief that will do nothing on his post but to let numerous destructive projects push through even under the tip of its nose,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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PAMALAKAYA demands compensation from big fishing firms over Laguna de Bay invasion

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PAMALAKAYA demands compensation from big fishing firms over Laguna de Bay

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Fish pen in Laguna de Bay

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Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) is asking Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez to demand for compensatory damages from the corporate and individual fish pen operators who occupy large chunk of the 90-thousand hectare Laguna de Bay since 1990s.

PAMALAKAYA welcomed Secretary Lopez’s planned imposition of moratorium on the issuance and renewal of fish pen permits this coming January but said DENR should make those fish pen operators pay for their damages on the environment of the lake and the livelihood of the Laguna Lake fishers who have lost their traditional communal fishing grounds due to fish pen proliferation.

Laguna de Bay has become congested since fish pens sprout like mushrooms in the brackish lake. This inflicts severe damage to the lake because fish pens use chemical-based substance as feeds to culture fish. Small fishers suffer more because it narrow their traditional fishing grounds and now they huddle over the small fishing waters left,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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‘Reclamation as usual’ in Rizal part of Laguna de Bay

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‘Reclamation as usual’ in Rizal part of Laguna de Bay

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Waste and land filling in Angono, Rizal

Angono, Rizal – Local chapter of the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in Angono, Rizal laments that dumping of waste and landfill in the Angono part of Laguna de Bay are still ongoing even after dialogue with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on October 7.

Under the Angono local government’s ‘zero squatter program’, it consistently reclaims some of its coastal areas using landfill combinations of toxic industrial, domestic and bio-hazard wastes. The ‘Kalayaan Angono Dream Neighborhood Association’ or KANDRENAI in its Brgy. Kalayaan is a 5-hectare urban poor community composed of almost 300 families. It was once a portion of the 90-thousand hectare Laguna de Bay but during the 90s, the local government started dumping wastes and land onto the water and later on became a housing project.

Contrary to LLDA’s statement during our dialogue last week, dumping of wastes and land in Laguna de Bay continues. Reclamation of Laguna de Bay using various wastes pollutes the lake even more and destroys the fishing grounds and the environment,” Avelina Anie, member of Pamalakaya in Angono, Rizal.

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LLDA’s campaign against fish pens a sham, mere media projection – Laguna Lakers

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LLDA’s campaign against fish pens a sham, mere media projection – Laguna Lakers

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fishermen pass through an enclosed fish pen in Laguna de Bay

Binangonan, Rizal – Local members of the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in Rizal assail the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and its General Manager Nerius “Neric” Acosta for its failure to dismantle vast-tracts of fish pens in the 90-thousand hectare Laguna de Bay.

President Duterte and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have ordered the immediate demolition of wide-corporate fish pens occupying the communal fishing ground of small-fishermen in Laguna de Bay.

Media projection at tila ningas-kugon lamang ang ginawa ng LLDA nung inorder ni Pangulong Duterte ang pagbubuwag sa mga fish pens at fish cages. Tanda namin ng may dumating na media at pumormang babaklasin ng mga tauhan ng LLDA ang isang malawak na fish pen dito sa Binangonan, pero pag alis ng taga-media, hindi tinuloy baklasin ang fish pen. Katunayan ay nananatili pa rin ang naglalawakang mga fish pen sa amin,” Dennis Ramos, a fisherman from Binangonan, Rizal told Pamalakaya during the local consultation yesterday.

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Fisherfolk to LLDA: What happened to the dismantling of fish pens?

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Fisherfolk to LLDA: What happened to the dismantling of fish pens?

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LLDA Chief Neric Acosta

Manila, Philippines – Laguna Lake fishermen under the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) demands the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to release a report on the status of its campaign against corporate-owned fish pens in Laguna de Bay.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and LLDA recently demolished several fish pens in the 90-thousand hectare brackish water by virtue of President Duterte’s order to dismantle vast tracts of fish pens in Laguna de Bay for the utilization of small fishermen.

According to the LLDA, they have ejected at least 3,000 hectares of fish pen last August, majority were owned by private corporations and individuals. But Pamalakaya earlier questioned its sincerity for the LLDA has approved 193 new fish pen permits last May. The fisherfolk group urged the LLDA to cease and desist from granting new fish pen permits and to unconditionally and indiscriminately demolish fish pens that occupies Laguna de Bay.

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Laguna Lake fishers want LLDA to cancel all newly-approved fishpen-permits

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Laguna Lake fishers want LLDA to cancel all newly-approved fishpen-permits

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Laguna Lake fishermen passes along enclosed fortified fish pen

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Wednesday urged the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to cancel all the newly-approved fish pens in Laguna de Bay.

As of May 04, 2016 the LLDA has granted permits to 195 fish pen applicants; 142 of those are corporations, 46 are individuals while 7 are fisherfolk cooperatives. On July, President Duterte ordered the dismantling of large fish pens in Laguna de Bay to give way to the small-fishermen to utilize the waters of Laguna Lake.

While the LLDA is at the height of dismantling vast fish pens in Laguna de Bay, they should also restrain themselves from issuing permits to large fishing firms and cancel all the existing newly-approved ones,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.

The fisherfolk group laments how Laguna Lake fishers have been adversely affected since vast-tract of fish pens proliferate in Laguna Lake waters.

Large fish pens congest Laguna Lake; it narrows the traditional fishing grounds of the small fishermen that used to be communal before. But now, the 90-thousand hectare brackish lake is partitioned by the tiny fraction of corporations and rich individuals. What happens to the small fishers is that they are huddled over the small portion left,” Hicap said

Hicap also added that fisherfolk are being harassed by fishpen-security guards every time the former comes close to the fish pens.

Now is the time to declare Laguna de Bay as a ‘no fishpen zone’. Laguna Lake fishers have suffered long enough from this corporate occupation of Laguna de Bay,” Hicap said.

How futile it is that the LLDA is on a roll in removing fish pens one by one but on the other side has been approving new permits on a wholesale basis. It’s a 2 in 1 duty, while LLDA dismantles large fish pens, they should cancel all the newly-approved permits as well and cease from issuing permits especially to big fishing firms,” Hicap ended.