National Reclamation Plan

Fisherfolk, environmentalists unite against coastal conversion & reclamation

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Fisherfolk, environmentalists unite against coastal conversion & reclamation

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PAMALAKAYA Chair Fernando Hicap discussed the adverse effects of reclamation projects in fishing sector

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday spearheaded the launching of the broad alliance Koalisyon Kontra-Kumbersyon at Reklamasyon (KKKR) at the Redemptorist Church Baclaran. The alliance includes environmental groups Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), church organizations, and students from St. Scholastica and University of the Philippines Manila.

In a unity statement, the anti-reclamation alliance vows to oppose all types of reclamation and conversion of fishing waters and coastal communities that pose adverse effects both to socio-economic rights of the fisherfolk and marine environment.

PAMALAKAYA during the forum presented the national plan of Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) to reclaim more than 40,000 hectares of fishing waters throughout the country. Approximately 2/3 of the project will be found in Manila Bay including the 148-hectare Solar City Project and the newly approved project of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada dubbed as ‘city within a city’ covering 407.42 hectares of the gulf.

If completed, the grandiose plan of PRA will eject thousands of fisherfolk families and coastal settlers from their livelihood and coastal community. It will pose grave threat to the marine environment and its resources that can also have long-term effect on the country’s fish supply and food security,” Koalisyon Kontra-Kumbersyon at Reklamasyon (KKKR) said in a unity statement.

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PRA releases national reclamation plan through PPP-Menu

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PRA releases national reclamation plan through PPP-Menu

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The ‘Casa Agra: PPP Menu’ released by the Philippine Reclamation Authority

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) vows to oppose the national reclamation plan of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) released on its Land Reclamation and Dredging Summit held on April 24-25 held at the Le Pavillion Hotel in Pasay City.

PRA’s national reclamation plan is dubbed as “Casa Agra, PPP Menu” which is named after its current Chairman, Alberto Agra.

PRA is completely selling-out our fishing waters and coastal communities to big developing firms at the cost of the livelihood of the fisherfolk and marine environment. Thousands of fisherfolk and coastal settlers are in the verge of displacement if this grandiose project of PRA is implemented,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

The national reclamation plan consists of not less than 100 reclamation projects covering almost 40,000 hectares of fishing waters throughout the archipelago. Approximately 2/3 of the project is located in Manila Bay. Some of the projects have already been started, particularly in Navotas City, where the 650-hectare Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) will be constructed.

Not only the project will affect the fisherfolks’ livelihood, but it will also pose devastating impact on the marine environment and its resources. This always results to decrease volume of fish catch. One clear example is in Manila Bay where maximum fish catch averages to 5 kilos, from 10-15 kilos before reclamation and conversion activities have become corporate and government craze.

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Out of the blue, Filipino fishers trooped BFAR, DENR on the occasion of World Fisheries Day

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Out of the blue, Filipino fishers trooped BFAR, DENR on the occasion of World Fisheries Day

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Fisherfolk trooped BFAR on the occasion of the World Fisheries Day

Manila, Philippines – On the occasion of the World Fisheries Day, fisherfolk from different regions under the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) yesterday trooped the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to protest their current situation under the existing fisheries laws and programs imposed by the said government agencies.

On 19-21 of November, fisherfolk leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered in Quezon City on a three-day National Fish Consultation on Coastal Resource Management to share their respective local issues and struggles in their fishing communities. Based on the issues shared by the delegates, widespread reclamation and conversion of fishing waters are prevalent all over the country. Also, they lamented the adverse effects of the amended Fisheries Code in their livelihood.

According to them, exorbitant fees and taxes are imposed even to the smallest fisherfolk who can’t even gain a sustainable income on a daily basis. Amended fisheries code does not actually prohibit commercial fishing vessels to go within the 15-kilometer municipal fishing zones but rather it further the corruption among the enforcers and local government units.

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Fisherfolk seeks moratorium on all coastal-conversion; DENR grants the demand

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Fisherfolk seeks moratorium on all coastal-conversion; DENR grants the demand

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Fisherfolk marched to DENR to protest the reclamation and conversion in coastal areas

Manila, Philippines – Fisherfolk from different regions spearheaded by Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) demands the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to stop all the coastal-based reclamation and conversion projects damaging the environment and threatening the livelihood of the fisherfolk.

During the dialogue with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Society of the DENR Andy Moran on Friday, hundreds of fisherfolk from different regions presented what are the cost of impending reclamation and conversion projects in the coastal communities and fishing waters.

According to Pamalakaya, millions of fisherfolk nationwide are under the looming threat of effacement due to widespread water-based conversion and reclamation projects funded by private firms with guaranteed support from the state.

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Abolish Philippine Reclamation Authority, not our homes – fisherfolk

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Abolish Philippine Reclamation Authority, not our homes – fisherfolk

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Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) for the rampant destruction of coastal communities and marine environment that led to widespread displacement and demolition of fisherfolk and people living in the coasts.

The PRA (then Philippine Estates Authority) was created during late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ regime under the Presidential Decree No. 1084 and is task to conceptualize and approve reclamation projects and convert coastal waters into income-generating government property.

The fisherfolk group said the creation of the PRA has no any legal basis that it even contradicts the Philippine Water Code, which prohibits filling of lands into the bodies of water because it destroys the marine environment and ecosystem.

There can be no any argument in our demand to abolish the PRA for it is environmentally and legally out of basis. We want the PRA to be abolished for it persistently approves reclamation and conversion projects that put our marine environment at risk,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.

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Fishermen protest 144-hectare reclamation of Manila Bay

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Fishermen protest 144-hectare reclamation of Manila

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Fishermen protest the further reclamation of Manila Bay, 3 March 2014. JAMIN VERDE/InterAksyon.com

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MANILA – The government should stop the reclamation project of Manila Gold Coast Corporation which covers 144 hectares of coastline, fishermen from Southern Tagalog said at their fluvial protest action in Manila Bay.

The protesters rode in seven fishing boats from Bacoor Bay to the Senate, which sits on another reclaimed portion of Manila Bay, to express their strong opposition to this new reclamation project, which will displace 100,000 coastline residents.

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Cavite reclamation plan will “kill” over 20K fishermen

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Cavite reclamation plan will “kill” over 20K fishermen