The largest freshwater lake in the Philippinesis on the spotlight as the Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon (BDC), a Belgian firm offering maintenance dredging, port construction and development, and land reclamation had filed a case against the Philippine Government before the Washington, D.C.-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. What’s the reason? President Benigno C. […]
MANILA, June 25, 2011—The International Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC) calls on different mariners’ and seafarers’ groups to intensify its struggles for their rights and welfare, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declares June 25 as the 1st Day for the Seafarer. In a statement, ISAC said that seafarers face myriad of problems, which solutions remain […]
There’s a need to overhaul water policies, environmentalists say ANTIPOLO CITY, March 23, 2011—Water is for the people, not for profit. This was the statement of the environmental advocate group, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) as the whole world is celebrating the World Water Day on March 22. “Despite of our vast water […]
To the fishermen’s disappointment, William Rolf, senior fisher officer of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had rejected the request of the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) to probe the impending dredging of the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines, the Laguna de Bai.
“Within the first 100 days of P-noy (Pres. Aquino’s alias given by the media) in the Palace, significant numbers of demolition incidents and dislocation of urban poor families occurred. Instead of establishing a government that is building lives and communities, it seems that the Aquino administration is serving as vehicle to further destruct and destroy the pillars of our society,” says urban poor leader Joy Lumawod of the Tondo Foreshoreland People’s Alliance in a statement.
Members of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) appealed to lawmakers to repeal Republic Act No. 9490, the law that creates the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (Aseza) as it will displace thousands of peasants, indigenous peoples, and small fishermen.
Notwithstanding the effects of the typhoon Basyang (International Name: Conson), the 98,000-hectare Laguna de Bay had given the fisherfolks a bountiful harvest. But fishermen in Binangonan, Rizal say, they can gather as much as 100 kilos (220.46 lbs) of fish in just one fishing. However, Salvador France of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas or Pamalakaya says, there is no cause for celebration for the income of the fisherfolks in Laguna de Bai continued to decline, thus leaving the fisherfolks and their families in deep penury.