P9.8 billion unspent agriculture funds crucial to farmers and fishers – PAMALAKAYA

“The unspent funds could have addressed the worsening plight of our rural sectors enduring the onslaught of the pandemic since last year. The budget is very crucial to the rural sectors especially this was the year when aside from the government’s burdening pandemic response, natural calamities including typhoons devastated fishing and farming communities. Furthermore, farmers and fishers bear the brunt of the government’s neglect as they have limited to no access to health services and production subsidies,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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“Clear guidelines” for deliveries of agri-fishery products sought

“In the past, border restrictions impeded the movement of agri-fishery products from one place to another. It primarily affected small fishers and farmers who were unable to transport their produce to major fish ports and markets in central towns. Moreover, this strict measure fuels inflation of basic food products that are detrimental to poor consumers who are already battered by economic devastation caused by the pandemic,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA national chairperson said in a statement.

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Keeping military pacts with Duterte gov’t a “kiss of death”, Biden warned

“Mr. Biden wouldn’t want to be aligned with President Duterte who is an international outcast and exposed in the global community as a murderer and authoritarian. Unless he wants to cost his political reputation, President Biden has no option but to publicly renounce and embarrass Mr. Duterte over his high crimes against humanity,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Militant fishers ready to surge for Duterte’s final SONA

“Militant fishers are ready to brave not only the heavy rain but also the 15,000 police forces to be deployed against the anti-Duterte protesters on Monday. Why would we be even afraid of the Philippine cops when it’s already Chinese forces we have been facing in our fishing grounds on a regular fishing basis?” Bobby Roldan, a fisherman in Zambales and PAMALAKAYA’s vice chairperson for Luzon said in a statement issued ahead of the SONA.

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