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Fishers agonize reclamation in Navotas

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Fishers agonize reclamation in Navotas

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Ongoing reclamation in Navotas

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday decried the ongoing installation of fences and markers on the shore of Brgy. Tangos, a fishing community in Navotas City. The fences and markers are in preparation with the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP), a 650-hectare reclamation and eco-tourism project approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) as requested by Navotas City Mayor, John Rey Tiangco.

The project was approved during then-President Benigno Aquino III, of which according to PAMALAKAYA will effectively demolish around 20,000 fisherfolk and urban poor residents in Navotas City.

The fisherfolk group said the completion of the markers made of gravel and the fences made of metal will block the fisherfolk from going offshore to make livelihood. They said the project has been planned since 2012 but the strong resistance of the fisherfolk and urban settlers effectively delayed the project.

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Cordova reclamation to displace 2,000 fisherfolk – fisherfolk group

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Cordova reclamation to displace 2,000 fisherfolk – fisherfolk group

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Fisheman from Cebu protested the ongoing reclamation project in their coastal community

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday warned President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) on the implications of the reclamation project in Cordova, Cebu which will cover about 1,500 hectares of coastal waters in the 3rd class municipality in the province.

The reclamation project, which costs P138-B as proposed by Herny Sy-owned SM Prime Holdings Inc. is supposed to start next year and would be completed for 8 years. But due to technicalities, the project faces snag during then-President Benigno Aquino as it doesn’t comply with the process set by the PRA. But the SM Prime Holdings said it will push through the reclamation project under the new administration. It was also one of the biggest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects under then-President Aquino, a privatization scheme also adopted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

49% of the reclaimed land will go to SM Prime Holdings while the remaining 50% will be for the municipality of Cordova and the PRA.

Under the current administration, the project has no budget allocation but it is still one of the PPP’s pending projects, including the Laguna Lake Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) and other reclamation projects that were temporarily terminated last administration.

The fisherfolk group said that the reclamation project will eject 2,000 fisherfolk families from Cordova which rely on the fishing ground that is a target for reclamation.

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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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12 years after the massacre, Luisita farmers still clamor for land, justice

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12 years after the massacre, Luisita farmers still clamor for land, justice

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various groups joined the people’s caravan for land, justice and peace in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) joined various organizations on a 3-day People’s Cultural Caravan for Land, Justice and Peace in Hacienda Luisita to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the bloody massacre against the farm workers which occurred on November 12, 2004.

On November 16, 2004, when the farm workers in Hacienda Luisita launched a massive strike, military and police violently dispersed the protest, killing seven farm workers and injuring more than a hundred others.

The said caravan, dubbed as Remember Luisita was led by the agricultural workers’ organization Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) which started from 14-16 November.

PAMALAKAYA condemned both the past Arroyo and Aquino administration for failing to hold all those involved in the gruesome crime accountable including Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Generals Ricardo Visaya and Gregorio Catapang, who both became top AFP Generals during then-President Aquino’s term.

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Noynoy Aquino and friends responsible for Yolanda-rehab mess – fisherfolk group

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Noynoy Aquino and friends responsible for Yolanda-rehab mess – fisherfolk group

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Former President Noynoy Aquino and former-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman | Photo by GMANetwork.com

Manila, Philippines – Three years after the super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck the country, thousands of victims still live in high risk courtesy of then President Noynoy Aquino and his yellow-cohort’s incompetence and criminal negligence in facing the aftermath of the super-typhoon, according to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).

Super-typhoon Yolanda ravaged large part of the Visayan Region affecting millions of families and left almost 6,000 people dead.

Government data available shows that out of the 205, 128 target permanent houses by the National Housing Authority (NHA), only 19, 330 were completed as of first quarter of this year. This is amidst the pouring donations and aid coming from different organizations and countries.

Almost a billion of dollars were reportedly spent years after the super-typhoon to rehabilitate and reconstruct the devastated lives of the victims yet the latter are still languishing for the reconstruction and rebuilding their damaged houses and rehabilitation of their affected livelihood,”

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Trillanes should be charged with treason – PAMALAKAYA

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Trillanes should be charged with treason – PAMALAKAYA

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The traitor Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) calls for the investigation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his covert visits to China during former President Benigno Aquino’s term which made Beijing took full control of the Scaroborough Shoal, a traditional fishing ground for the Filipino fishermen which is part of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Trillanes had made 16-times visit to Beijing without the Filipino people’s awareness on its real score. After his covert and overt visits, China had completely occupied the Scarborough Shoal and prevented Filipino fishers from going into the shoal.

Trillanes’ secret backdoor discussions with China are something that has to be closed and probed. We had lost control of the Scarborough Shoal after those visits that put the livelihood and security of our Filipino fishers are stake” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

Trillanes is a known United States (U.S.) rabid attack dog who is unresolved on President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements to gradually separate our country from the U.S. control while exploring new diplomatic relations with China and Russia.

President Duterte should be wary about Trillanes. The U.S. may release him on its leash very soon and ready to attack and sabotage all our initiatives to pursue a peaceful conclusion with China. Trillanes should be held accountable for no less than treason and betrayal of public trust,” Hicap said.

Since October 25, Filipino fishers are now able to peacefully return to Scarborough Shoal as a result of President Duterte’s informal negotiations with Chinese leaders during his state visit to China on October 18-21.

Even though we are now able to fish in our traditional fishing grounds, this should not spare Trillanes from investigation on why our sovereignty and national interest had been once compromised,” Hicap ended. ###

Navotas fishers oppose the 650-ha Navotas Boulevard Business Park

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Navotas fishers oppose the 650-ha Navotas Boulevard Business Park

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Navotas Fish Port | Photo credit: hobofrommanila.wordpress.com

 

Manila, Philippines – Members of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in Navotas yesterday held a meeting consultation regarding the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) which was approved during former President Noynoy Aquino’s administration.

The NBBP covers 650-hectare reclamation and will range 50 from the shoreline up to the communities situated along the water. This will result to the demolition of around 20,000 fisherfolk and urban poor residents. The reclamation project was approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) as requested by City Mayor John Rey Tiangco.

This is the sum of all our fears. Manila Bay is already in throe courtesy of past reclamation and conversion projects, if its grand sell out will be pushed through, this will bring the former into its final deathbed. With the guarantee from the government through the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), big developers continue to destroy our environment and seas for their profit-generating businesses to the detriment of the fisherfolk and poor families’ lives and livelihood,” Fernando Sevilla, a fisherman from Navotas and member of Pamalakaya said in a statement.

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