“No man is an island.” So says a basic tent explaining the sociable nature of Homo sapiens. That man cannot live alone; much less
can he achieve universal undertaking via a one man crusade approach or ala Don Quixote. This just validates the rationale behind an association, organization, or a solidarity formation of whatever cause and purpose.
“Think globally, act locally.” This has been a widely accepted dictum in the environmental movement of the years. That while the concern is global, the conservation practice that is actually being under taken in one particular part of the earth is part of the worldwide undertaking for that purpose. Meaning, the act of conservation must be a concerted and unified effort. It is here that strong linkages among organizations, groups and citizens of the world gain utmost prominence and importance.
Ka Pando Hicap is a chairperson of National Federation of Small Fisherfolk Organization in the Philippines (Pamalakaya) and also a Representative of a militant and marginalized group Anakpawis partylist in the lower House of Representatives.
Fisheries 101: The poor situation of small-scale fisherfolks in the Philippines
Privilege Speech of Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap on the 16thyear since legislation of Fisheries Code of 1998.
Honorable Speaker of the House and to my co-legislators in the lower House of Representatives, good afternoon to all of us.
Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to share the present situation of the poor Filipino fisherfolks. The year 2014 is the 16th year since the Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 was passed by Congress and signed into to law on February 24, 1998 by former President Fidel Valdez Ramos.
Don’t use fishermen as pawns, collateral damage in Philippine-China dispute – fisherfolk group
“The AFP wants the big brother in Washington DC to come in like a wrecking ball at the West Philippine Sea even if it means the complete surrender of Philippine sovereignty to the US.” – Pamalakaya
By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ
MANILA – A national federation of small fishermen today accused President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of using small fishermen as political pawns and ready-made collateral damage in its current dispute with China over islands in the West Philippine Sea.
Manila, Philippines– Fisherfolk activists and survivors of super typhoon Yolanda literally sent
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to “fires of hell” as they burned placard-sized photos of the Chief Executive with caption “Diablo ng Malacanang” in a rally held this morning at Mendiola Bridge.
Fisherfolk write Beijing on sea conflict, warns of US ‘self-motivated’ intervention
By Ding Cervantes
Jan 14, 2014
ANGELES CITY- The country’s biggest alliance of fisherfolk has written the Chinese government a “humble appeal” to resort to “bilateral and inter-nation dialogues with other claimants” of areas in the West Philippine Sea “rather than engage in hardcore assertion of some that needs to be carefully studied.”
Manila, Philippines- The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday dismissed as “patently pathetic, rated-A puppetry and blockbuster act of pauperism the call of Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin for superpowers like the United States to come in and intervene on the current conflict in West Philippine Sea to check the aggressive campaign of China in the disputed waters.
Manila, Philippines- Too many malls have been built displace us. Too many fisherfolk dreams have been shattered to give way to large-scale reclamation projects intended for construction of huge malls and entertainment centers.