We are standing in solidarity with the fisherfolk of Barangay Patungan who have for decades been active in the protection of coastal areas from projects that would threaten their access to the fishing grounds as well as their homes. The fisherfolk are the traditional stewards of the ocean, protecting their source of livelihood not only for their community but also for the other fisherfolk in the province. Amidst the pandemic, communities need support and not further loss of livelihood.
Recently, the Philippines bore the brunt of 2020’s most powerful typhoon Rolly followed by Typhoon Ulysses. Both typhoons resulted in death toll of 25 and 73, respectively. The Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that damages in the agricultural sector in the Cagayan Valley region alone have already reached ₱2 billion.
Among the modern-day heroes are environmental defenders who tirelessly devote their work in protecting the vast land and seas, and the rich natural wonders of the nation from local and foreign plunder of large corporations. They have risked and some have sacrificed their lives during their call of duty.