PHILIPPINE reclamation authority

Save Manila Bay and its fisherfolk – BFAR told

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Manila, Philippines – Challenging the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to fulfill its mandate in protecting the marine environment and welfare of fisherfolk, the national fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) asks its Director Eduardo Gongona to express opposition against destructive and widespread reclamation activities in Manila Bay, which according to the group is one of the primary factors on why the gulf gradually deteriorates.

The approach by the group came after Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada approved another reclamation project in Manila Bay, the Horizon project touted as Manila’s biggest land reclamation project covering 417 hectares of water. The project was proposed by the real estate J-Bros Construction firm and costs P100 billion.

Manila Mayor Estrada is on a killing spree in approving development projects that would actually destroy Manila Bay and we have no last resort but to tap BFAR whose mandate is to preserve our marine environment and the Filipino fisherfolk. BFAR must denounce and reject the reclamation galore of the Manila Mayor for it will worsen the condition of the already dying Manila Bay,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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World Environment Day Action | Fishers protested Navotas reclamation project; call for Manila Bay rehabilitation

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Manila, Philippines – Fisherfolk from Navotas under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) marked the World Environment Day with protest action along their coastal community in Brgy. Tangos, Navotas, City to oppose the ongoing Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP), a project that if completed will entail the demolition of 20,000 fisherfolk and urban settlers and a serious threat to the marine environment.

NBBP is a 650-hectare reclamation project which extends from the Navotas Fishport in the south and to the north in which the area is bounded between Binuangan River and Tangos River. The project is under the National Reclamation Plan (NRP) of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and is intended for mixed use.

We urge the local government of Navotas and President Rodrigo Duterte to put this destructive project on stop. This project violates the economic and civil rights of the fisherfolk who will be displaced from their fishing community,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a 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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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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Fishers oppose new Manila Bay reclamation project

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Fishers oppose new Manila Bay reclamation project

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Manila Bay reclamation | Photo by Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) opposes the newly-approved reclamation project in Manila Bay covering 407.42 hectares of water, dubbed as ‘a city within a city’.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has recently approved a multibillion-peso reclamation project in Manila Bay that will house business and commercial hubs for tourists. The project’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was already signed by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the UAA Kinming Group Development Corp. on Monday.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA blames rampant reclamation activities in Manila Bay that caused storm surges and environmental degradation resulting to fish catch depletion adversely affecting the livelihood of the small-fisherfolk.

We hold the long-running reclamation activities in Manila Bay principally responsible for the degradation of the once productive fishing hub for the Filipino fishers. Manila Bay used to be productive fishing water before with an average daily fish catch of 10-15 kilos. But since the across-the-bay reclamation activities became a corporate-craze, the average fish catch of a fisherman drastically drops to 3-5 kilos all time low,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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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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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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