Navotas Boulevard Business Park
Stop wall-installation in Navotas, Congressman Tiangco urged
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Tuesday urged Navotas City Representative Tobias “Toby” Tiangco to order a stop on the installation of fences and markers along the shoreline of Navotas City as part of the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) reclamation project.
The Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) is a 650-hectare reclamation project in Navotas City intended for commercial and mixed use.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA accused the Tiangco clans of conniving with the Triple One Construction, the proponent of the reclamation project, to eliminate and replace more than 20,000 fishing families with eco-tourism zones.
“It seems that my former colleague in the Congress has already entered a done deal with the proponent of the Navotas reclamation. There is something fishy with the town’s local political clan because until now, they have yet to give any comment on the calls of the Navotas fisherfolk to put a stop on the reclamation project,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson and former Anakpawis Party-list solon said in a statement.
The group claimed that the Tiangco clan is behind the spate of harassments led by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) among their local members. Elements of MARINA have been conducting house-to-house operations threatening PAMALAKAYA leaders and members not to attend organizational activities or else their fishing boats will be impounded by the authority.
“Tiangco is using the MARINA to impose fear among the fisherfolk and Navotas residents who exercise their constitutional freedom to assembly and those who defend their rights to fishing waters. We strongly condemn Congressman Tiangco and his brother City Mayor John Rey Tiangco at the strongest terms,”
“Congressman Tiangco is all wrong if he thinks that threatening the fisherfolk would stop them to fight for what is rightfully theirs; we will heighten our unity and resistance against the destructive reclamation project in Navotas and in the whole Manila Bay,” ended Hicap. ###
Fisherfolk staged “fishing strike” against Navotas reclamation
Manila, Philippines – “We call on to stop the 650-hectare reclamation project in the city of Navotas that will phase-out more than 20,000 fishermen and coastal settlers in the country’s fishing capital,”
This was the call of the Navotas fishermen under the banner of the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Tuesday at their fluvial protest action in Manila Bay, dubbed as fishing strike against reclamation.
The fisherfolk rode in more than 25 fishing boats while roaming from Barangay Tangos to Navotas Centennial Park where the fences and markers are being installed in preparation to the reclamation project, known as the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP).
The NBBP is a 650-hectare reclamation project approved by city Mayor John Rey Tianco intended for commercial and mixed use. More than 20,000 Navotas fishermen are expected to be displaced if the project pushes through.
The fisherfolk group likened their fate under the reclamation project to hundreds of thousands of Jeepney drivers if government’s Jeepney phase-out program nationwide will proceed.
“Like our Jeepney drivers who will lose livelihood due to Jeepney phase-out, the Navotas reclamation would effectively phase-out thousands of fisherfolk and urban poor from their livelihood and community in the name of government’s pseudo-development project. Ever since, reclamation projects are far from the interest of the fisherfolk but a detrimental to their livelihood and moreover to the delicate marine environment,”