Central Luzon fishers oppose proposed offshore mining in Lingayen Gulf

In a statement, Bobby Roldan, PAMALAKAYA Central Luzon regional chairperson said that the proposed project would entail “devastating impacts” to the livelihood of not less than 5, 000 small fisherfolk in Pangasinan’s Dagupan City, Binmaley, Lingayen, Labrador, and Sual towns.

“This proposed offshore mining would certainly spell doom to the livelihood of thousands of small fishers who subsist in Lingayen Gulf through various forms of fishing. Not to mention its adverse impact to the livelihood of other coastal residents involved in inland fisheries and salt farms in interior parts,” Roldan warned, saying many fishponds and salt farms interconnected to the gulf are also threatened by the planned magnetite mining.

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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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