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.
While the endeavor appears promising, the authenticity of the so-called rehabilitation remains a question as the government has failed to stop environmentally destructive activities along the bay. Reclamation schemes that pose serious damage to the ecosystem are ongoing. Business outfits that enforce such projects are still inculpable.
The brandishing of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), local government units and President Rodrigo Duterte himself of new reclamation projects adds insult to injury to fisherfolk who remain to be the poorest sector in the country. According to the PRA, there are 110 pending reclamation projects and more are encouraged under the Public Private Partnership program.
Press Release | August 24, 2017 The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) – Philippines expresses grave concern over the planned 11-hectare reclamation project in Toledo City in Cebu Province. The reclamation will take place in a protected area, the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), a body of water that divides Cebu and Negros islands. The TSPS was […]
The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) – Philippines supports the House Resolution filed by Makabayang Coalition ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) representatives in Congress on August 16, 2017 that aims to “direct the Committees on Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources, Natural Resources and Poverty Alleviation to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of reclamation projects in the country”.
Fisherfolk organizations from 25 provinces from 10 regions headed by the national fisherfolk federation Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) echoed their call to scrap the current Fisheries Code of 1998 (RA 8550) and its Amendments (RA 10654) and push for the passing of a genuine fisheries law that puts the sector at the forefront of managing coastal resources.