Group calls gov’t to provide social amelioration to 20,000 fisherfolk in Cavite
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) is now calling on the government to provide social amelioration for more than 20,000 fisherfolk in Cavite province.
“The government is stopping us from conducting relief efforts in fishing communities in Bacoor and its nearby town that’s why we appeal that they give the support that they promised these fishermen,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya National Chairperson.
Hicap is referring to incident last week where some of its relief volunteers were illegally arrested and detained for distributing food in the aforementioned areas despite having food pass.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Reforms (BFAR) denied knowledge of the purpose of the food pass when the group appealed for the government agency’s support on the issue.
“The worst thing about this is those who want to help are being prevented to do so. It’s the government itself that is sabotaging the relief efforts in its mission to attack activism,” Hicap said.
Last March 25, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that his agency will allot P3 billion for assistance to farmers, fishers and farm workers, separate from the aid coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Devleopment (DSWD) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Pamalakaya is now asking the government to release such fund and fulfill its promise.