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Aid for the families of missing fishermen in Palawan urged

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Aid for the families of missing fishermen in Palawan urged

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a view of a devastated fishing community

Manila, Philippines – The national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday appealed for government relief and support for the families of the fishermen who died and remain missing off the Mangsee island in Palawan due to tropical storm Vinta that hit the province last week.

Citing the report of the local authorities and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), at least 34 people have been confirmed dead while more than 60 others are still missing. Majority of the missing people and fatalities are fisherfolk.

The fisherfolk group said they are hopeful that the missing fishermen may still be able to locate by the authorities and returned to their families safe. They also urge the PCG to expedite its search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen and other victims.

We call on the authorities to hasten the search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen and other victims of Vinta in Palawan and as much as possible, must be returned to their respective families safe. It is unfortunate that the fisherfolk are still forced to go offshore despite the turbulent weather conditions because they don’t have alternative source of income in times of natural calamities,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

The group said the national and local government must mobilize its rehabilitation funds to provide assistance to the families of the missing fishermen and to the entire fishing community in Mangsee Island that was devastated by the typhoon.

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“Speed up search operations for the missing fishermen in Palawan” – PAMALAKAYA to PCG

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Manila, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Saturday urged the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to expedite its search and rescue operations on the 40 fishermen that went missing at the height of tropical storm “vinta” off the Palawan province last weekend.

26 motorized bancas and fishing vessels composed of around 40 fishermen and fishworkers went missing off the rich fishing ground in Mangsee Island in Palawan province as the typhoon “vinta” approached last December 23.

Authorities must expedite their search and rescue operations to find the missing fishermen and fishworkers for them to spend time with their families in time of the New Year’s Eve. Fishermen were forced to go offshore despite the turbulent weather because if they don’t, their families would starve for days. While the fishworkers employed in commercial fishing fleets have no choice but to work for the big fish operators in order for them to earn enough to have a simple feast during the Yuletide season,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

The group also demands the government to provide aid to the families of the missing fishermen as their incomes are in peril due to the tragic incident.

While the families are waiting for the return of their loved ones, they deserve a government support in a form of relief because their only source of income has been devastated for days now,” ended Hicap. ###

Reject Palawan Nickelodeon-project – Fisherfolk challenged Cimatu

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Manila, Philippines – The new head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been challenged by the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) to reject the proposed Nickelodeon underwater theme park in Palawan that threatens the abundant marine resources and livelihood of the fisherfolk in the province.

The controversial underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan which drew flak from environmentalists, netizens and fisherfolk organizations is still being pushed by its proponents – the Coral World Park Undersea Resorts and the Viacom International Media Networks, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday.

Environment Secretary Cimatu should prove his worth. We all know that the proposed Palawan project is no protection but will pose environmental degradation to our last ecological frontier and to its marine resources. Thus we challenge the newly-appointed DENR Chief to release a public statement deploring Palawan project and that he stands in the side of the fisherfolk who will be affected if the destructive project pushes through,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

The fisherfolk group said DENR should not issue any environmental permit has the proponent of the project requested so. Any project that poses potential environment-impact is required to acquire Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the DENR by submitting the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The last thing the DENR could do to preserve our last ecological frontier is to abstain from securing this project with ECC,” added Hicap.

PAMALAKAYA reminds Secretary Cimatu that his predecessor Gina Lopez had opposed the project when she was still the chief steward of the environment. Gina Lopez had declared Palawan as off-limits to destructive projects.

Cimatu should follow the path of Lopez; a road towards genuine protection of the environment without putting the lives of the ordinary people at stake. If this project pushes forward, we have nothing to blame but the new DENR Chief Cimatu who until now shows no ethos in genuine environment-protection and even continuing Lopez’ actions against giant destructive mines,” ended Hicap. ###

Suspend the ongoing Balikatan 2016 – Fisherfolk group

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Suspend the ongoing Balikatan 2016 – Fisherfolk group

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American troops inspect the Filipino soldiers before the balikatan exercise begin.

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Thursday calls on the government to suspend the ongoing Balikatan exercises in Panay and Palawan.

The Balikatan exercise is an annual Philippine-US military bilateral training under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the recently passed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) where the US military can station their bases in our country and use our facilities at will.

Pamalakaya maintain that the water-based military drills often result to disruptions on livelihoods of fishers, as every time war games were held in the coastal areas, local governments impose fishing ban to give blanket security to the US troops.

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Aquino government spent P500 M for US Naval base in Palawan– fisherfolk group

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Aquino government spent P500 M for US Naval base in Palawan– fisherfolk group

“This is clear treason against the Filipino people. ” – Pamalakaya

By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ
Bulatlat.com [1]

MANILA, Philippines- The Aquino administration is spending P500 million ($11.12 million) in taxpayers’ money to upgrade a Philippine Naval Base in Ulugan Bay in Palawan Sea, which will serve as one of the US Marine’s command posts to monitor developments in the hotly-contested West Philippine Sea.

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Don’t use fishermen as pawns, collateral damage in Philippine-China dispute – fisherfolk group

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Don’t use fishermen as pawns, collateral damage in Philippine-China dispute – fisherfolk group

“The AFP wants the big brother in Washington DC to come in like a wrecking ball at the West Philippine Sea even if it means the complete surrender of Philippine sovereignty to the US.” – Pamalakaya

By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ
Bulatlat.com [1]

MANILA – A national federation of small fishermen today accused President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of using small fishermen as political pawns and ready-made collateral damage in its current dispute with China over islands in the West Philippine Sea.

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Pamalakaya chair and Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap delivers sponsorship speech against Charter Change

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Land for the landless, Not Charter Change!

Genuine Sovereignty and Patrimony for Filipinos!

ImageMr. Chairperson and members of House Committee on Constitutional Amendments and to all my fellow legislators, Good afternoon to all of us.

 First and foremost, the representative of Anakpawis partylist expresses gratitude to the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments for giving way to tackle the House Resolution No. 13 that expresses our disapproval  in the reenactment of Charter Change (ChaCha) under the Aquino administration.

Mr. Chairperson and to my fellow legislators, Anakpawis partylist has 3 major issues and basis why we assert our standing against the proposed ChaCha.

First, giving rights to the foreign corporations and companies to own lands in our country will not make any development. The proposed 100 % foreign ownership of land is clearly against the legitimate rights for land of our poor Filipino farmers that are supposed to be the proprietor and the tiller of their land. This is also a proof of surrendering our national patrimony and sovereignty to the foreign controls.

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