“a year after dolomite dumping, P389 M wasted for mere aesthetics” – PAMALAKAYA

“A year after the infamous dumping of dolomites along Manila Bay, we ask the DENR what does it achieve in regards to restoration of the marine and fishery resources? Nothing. Because this project is precipitous, useless, and a total waste of public funds amid a public health crisis that every cent is crucial. The DENR should be made to answer over this ill-conceived program that cost our public coffers hundreds of millions,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA national chairperson said in a statement.

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Fishers’ group warns of POGO proliferation in Boracay

In a statement, the fishers’ group raised fear that opening Boracay for casinos might pave the way for the “surge of POGOs that are tainted with immoral activities including organized crimes of trafficking, tax evasion, prostitution, and bribery”.

“This is the sum of all our fears; after Duterte declared Boracay a cesspool and ordered its six-month shutdown in 2018, he has now allowed casino operators, which are most likely foreign, to enter our famous tourist island. This is anti-Filipino, gross puppetry, and sellout of our national patrimony to foreign enterprises at the expense of our local tourist industry and moreover, our pristine marine resources,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA national chairperson said in a statement.

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PAMALAKAYA on the approval to import 60k MT of fish: DA chief never learns

“Sa pagpasok ng mga imported na isda, hinahatak nito pababa ang presyo ng produkto ng mga maliliit na mangingisda. Relatibong mas mura kasi ang imported na isda dahil sa katangian nitong bilasa at mababang kalidad. Kung ang kasalukuyang presyo ng galunggong ng mga maliliit na mangingisda sa Palawan ay nasa P60-P70 kada kilo, mas babagsak pa ito para tapatan ang mababang presyo ng mga papasok na inangkat na isda,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Fishers fear the loss of livelihood on DENR’s order vs fishing structures in Manila Bay

In a statement, the fishers’ group said the regulation is “unjust and anti-fisherfolk” as it would take away the livelihood of around 15, 000 fisherfolks and coastal residents in the affected towns who directly depend on Manila Bay by culturing mussels and oysters. Most of them are employed in aquaculture farms who are engaged in managing, maintaining, and harvesting of cultured shellfish in fish pen structures.

PAMALAKAYA also chided the DENR for reproaching the bamboo poles washed into the shores over the recent monsoon rains, to justify the dismantling order.

“Why make a fuss on the bamboo poles washed along the shore when in the first place, these are not pollutants that can cause damage to the marine ecosystem unlike plastic and other solid wastes? It’s a common sense that disposed bamboos will naturally submerge in water and eventually decompose,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Dumaguete ‘smart city’ project is dumb – fishers’ group

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA cited the data of marine scientists and environmentalists based in Dumaguete City that the P23-billion reclamation project threatens 60% of the coral reefs covering 36 hectares. Also affected would be 65% of the seagrass ecosystem of the city and at least 20 types of mangroves which serve as fish habitat and crucial in maintaining the ecological balance. Furthermore, the reclamation would affect four marine protected areas (MPA) covering 104 hectares of the coastal waters.

“How could it be a smart city when the project will replace the pristine marine environment and productive fishing grounds with a foreign-operated business and commercial empire? There is nothing smart with wiping out coral reefs and seagrasses that shelter at least 200 fish species including those considered as ecological importance and are indicators of a healthy marine life. Moreover, this smart city will never bring any development and benefits to the people of Dumaguete but permanent devastation to their livelihood and environment,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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