Fishers ask PH gov’t to halt reclamation activities over Manila Bay
A group of small fisherfolk urged the government to suspend reclamation projects across Manila Bay as the nation still battles the COVID-19 pandemic and this may result to more people, especially fishermen, being displaced.
In a statement, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) raised concerns over the resumption of land reclamation projects over Manila Bay will resume as the Philippine government eased the lockdown restrictions.
“Reclamation and demolition must not push through. Fisherfolk and coastal families can’t afford to lose homes, not especially in this time of a health emergency situation,” PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said.
“Ejecting them from their communities to pave way for reclamation projects will run contrary to the stay at home policy,” he added.
PAMALAKAYA said that prior to the pandemic, three reclamation projects were ongoing in the Cavite province, southern part of Manila Bay and that the strict health protocols to contain the pandemic have put those projects on hold.
“While we are all focused on combating a plague, the government must postpone if not totally scrap all destructive reclamation projects in the entire Philippine waters. This demand is for the protection of our food producers and food sources,” Hicap said further.