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Fisherfolk wants wider coverage of SC’s Manila Bay mandamus ruling

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Manila, Philippines – The national alliance of fisherfolk Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) urges the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to raise to the Supreme Court (SC) to broaden the coverage of its continuing mandamus order in Manila Bay and not to use the Higher Court’s order to wipe out fishing communities and poor settlers along the gulf.

The SC on December 18, 2008 ordered a writ of mandamus to 14 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to SB level (Class B sea waters per Water Classification Tables of the DENR) to make it fit for swimming, skin diving, and other forms of contact recreation. DENR as the lead of the 14 mandamus agencies was directed to fully implement its Operational Plan for the Manila Bay Coastal Strategy (OPMBCS) for the conservation and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu last June instructed the Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO) and his officials to fast track the implementation of the SC ruling.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said the rehabilitation and total clean-up of Manila Bay is long overdue. In effect, small fishers for decades endures the trend of fish-catch depletion from 10-15 kilos average fish catch per day down to 2-5 kilos of average catch on a daily basis.

We support the objective of the Honorable Court’s mandamus to rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay in the context of it will order commercial and industrial establishments to regulate its dumping of chemical and toxic wastes on Manila Bay which comprise 75% of its pollution. The goal of the mandamus to maintain Manila Bay to SB level should not only to make its waters fit for swimming and recreational use, but moreover to restore its abundant marine and fish species for the livelihood of small-fisherfolk therein,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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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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Fisherfolk asks Manila Mayor Estrada to revoke approved reclamation projects in Manila Bay

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Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday warned Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on his incessant approval of reclamation projects in Manila Bay that would endanger its marine life and the fisherfolk and urban settlers who depend on the gulf as primary source of livelihood.

Manila Mayor Estrada has approved the Horizon Manila project which covers 417 hectares of Manila Bay. The project which is intended for commercial and mixed use costs P100-billion and touted as Manila’s biggest land reclamation project. Its proponent is the real estate firm J-Bros Construction Corp.

The project is the fourth reclamation project to be given blessing by the Manila Mayor over the last six months. The other three are the 407.42-hectare New Manila Bay International community – dubbed as “city within a city”, the 148-hectare Manila Solar City project, and the 50-hectare expansion of Manila Harbour Centre in Tondo.

We call on Manila Mayor Estrada to rescind all its agreements with the proponents of the reclamation projects in Manila Bay in order to save the city and the body of water from degradation and disaster,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

PAMALAKAYA warns Mayor Estrada that the approved projects will aggravate the flash floods and other devastated effects of natural disasters in Metro Manila. The fisherfolk group said rampant reclamation activities over the years have made the Manila Bay vulnerable to storm surges because the movement and natural flow of its waters have changed.

Despite deterioration, Manila Bay remains a productive fishing hub and settlement for fisherfolk and urban poor in Metro Manila, some provinces of Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog. It must be spared from any destructive project that will convert its traditional fishing zone into gambling and entertainment hub,” ended Hicap.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) of the project was signed on June 1 by Mayor Estrada together with Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) board chairman Alberto Agra and general manager Janito Rubiato and J-Bros President Jesusito Legaspi Jr. ###

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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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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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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