National Reclamation Plan
Not only in Boracay, luxury beach resorts in Batangas pollute fishing grounds – PAMALAKAYA
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday wants the government to investigate and at the maximum shutdown private beach resorts in the province of Batangas that were once productive coastal communities of thousands of fishing families and coastal settlers.
PAMALAKAYA said at least 300 hectares of coastal communities in the town of Nasugbu, Batangas have been converted into Hamilo Coast by the SM Group owned by the business tycoon Henry Sy. The group claimed that the beach resorts are affecting the livelihood of more than 1,000 fisherfolk because their traditional fishing grounds have been declared as off limits and marine protected areas. There are three marine protected areas declared within the vicinity of the Hamilo Coast where small fishermen are not allowed to conduct fishing activities.
“Hindi lamang sa Boracay kundi maging dito sa probinsya ng Batangas at sa iba’t-ibang panig ng bansa nagaganap ang paglabag ng mga pribadong beach resort sa karapatan ng mga mangingisda. Sinisira ng mga ito ang natural na ekolohiya ng karagatan na kadalasang nagreresulta sa malawakang fish kill,” Lino Baes, PAMALAKAYA Batangas Spokesperson said in a statement.
The group has been opposing the conversion of fishing waters into private use because it does not only result to massive dislocation of fisherfolk but also poses great disaster and ecological disruption to marine biodiversity.
According to Baes, there are also reports in the town of San Juan, Batangas that private beach resorts have no proper waste disposal facilities causing pollution in the sea.
“Nakakalungkot na kami na ngang mga mangingisda ang inagawan ng tirahan, kami pa ang nagiging tampulan ng sisi sa pagdumi at pagkasira ng karagatan. Gayung malinaw na ang pandarambong ng mga dambuhalang negosyante ang nangungunang dahilan ng pagkawasak ng mga bakawanan na siyang tirahan ng mga isda at pook-pangisdaan na siyang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan naming mga mangingisda,”
“Nananawagan kami sa pamahalaan na imbestigahan ang lahat ng mga pribadong beach resort sa Batangas at ipatigil na ang lahat ng anyo ng kumbersyon at reklamasyon ng karagatan na sumisira sa yamang dagat at kabuhayan ng mga mangingisdang Pilipino,” added Baes.
PAMALAKAYA slams Philippine Coast Guard, MARINA for harassment of Manila Bay-fishers
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) denounces the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) over their harassment and intimidation against the fisherfolk who staged a Manila Bay-wide fluvial protest in time of the World Fisheries Day yesterday.
More than 20 fishing boats yesterday staged a fluvial protest in Baywalk Manila to oppose the 42 approved reclamation projects in Manila Bay covering 29, 929 hectares of waters under the National Reclamation Plan (NRP) of the Duterte administration.
Prior to the fluvial parade, elements of MARINA had threatened members of PAMALAKAYA in Navotas and Bulacan not to join the rally, or else, their fishing boats will be impounded.
While voyaging on their way to the assembly point in Baywalk Manila, fishing boats from Navotas and Cavite were blocked and surrounded by at least vessels of PCG, asserting that protests are not allowed in the area and that they are still under the “ASEAN mode”, referring to the heightened security alert status of the security forces during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which has already ended one week ago.
“This is fascism in the sea; the Philippine Coast Guard who is supposed to guard the fisherfolk from any harm now serves as the instrument of giant developers and capitalists to push their aggression projects in our fishing waters. We strongly condemn this harassment and intimidation committed by both the PCG and MARINA against our members,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »
Fisherfolk staged Manila Bay-wide fluvial protest vs Nat’l Reclamation Plan
Manila, Philippines – On the occasion of World Fisheries Day (WFD), fisherfolk under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) from Navotas City, Bacoor Cavite, and Bulacan staged Manila Bay-wide fluvial protest riding around 50 motorized fishing boats to call for the scrapping of reclamation projects under the National Reclamation Plan (NRP).
The fluvial parade converged in Baywalk Manila where the fisherfolk and their supporters gathered in a solidarity lunch showcasing the aquatic products of Manila Bay that are at stake if all reclamation projects push through.
In Manila Bay alone, the fisherfolk group recorded at least 42 reclamation projects covering 29,929 hectares of the gulf under the NRP. The reclamation program was approved by then-President Noynoy Aquino and continued by President Rodrigo Duterte now under the banner of the Build, Build, Build program. According to the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), they target to complete 80 of the 102 reclamation projects under the NRP within the six-year term of President Duterte.
The group said reclamation projects in Manila Bay would entail massive displacement of fishing communities and urban poor situated along the gulf. It would also completely destroy the ecosystem of Manila Bay which is already degrading due to past reclamation projects and other corporate aggression under the guise of “development”.