DENR urged to utilize 2020 budget to protect West Philippine Sea biodiversity

“We demand the DENR to formulate a detailed, one-year plan on how the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea would be protected against illegal fishing activities and reclamation by China. With such a big budget that they have proposed, it is more than enough to enforce their environmental protective measures to our exclusive economic zone that is facing severe environmental degradation brought about by Chinese aggressive incursion,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Gov’t, pressed to divulge “Terms of Reference” on joint oil and gas exploration in Recto Bank

Kating-kati si Duterte na ituloy ang kasunduang joint exploration sa China sa kabila nang ginagawang pangangamkam nito sa ating teritoryo at panghaharas sa mga Pilipinong mangingisda. Talagang lumabas pa ang balitang katraydurang ito, isang araw matapos ang National Heroes Day. Nananawagan kami sa mamamayang Pilipino na maging mapagbantay sa mga di-pantay na kasunduang papasukin ni Pangulong Duterte sa China na masasalang ang ating pambansang soberanya at patrimonya,” ended Hicap.

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Proposed BFAR budget for aquaculture questioned

“Why would the BFAR allot such a huge chunk of its national budget for the program that will further privatize the fishing waters? Only big-fishing firms are capable of investing in aquaculture because they have capital and means to operate the industry, and yet they are the ones that seem to enjoy state support over the small fisherfolk who are being robbed of their traditional fishing grounds by big aquafarms,”

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“Anti-subversion revival an attack against Filipino patriotic spirit” – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – “Multiple decades have passed but the long-censured McCarthyist thought continues to live on secretary Año to feed into his anti-communist hysteria. It has been globally recognized that subscription to a certain ideology is not tantamount to a criminal act, more so to a terrorism,” This was the reaction of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año on his proposal to restore the long-repealed anti-subversion law.

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As Dar takes over agri dep’t, fisherfolk demands scrapping of fisheries liberalization policies

“We are one with the rice farmers and poor consumers in demanding the repeal of RLL and enactment of a nationalist and democratic proposal, House Bill 477 or the Rice Industry Development Act (RIDA), filed by lawmakers under the Makabayan bloc,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said during the protest in front of the Department of Agriculture (DA) yesterday.

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