The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be dismantling illegal fishing structures in Manila Bay within this month, it was announced.
This plan, according to the non-government organization PAMALAKAYA (or Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas), could affect the livelihoods of some 15,000 coastal resident who rely on such contraptions for their daily subsistence.
“It would bring widespread economic dislocation to the livelihood of thousands of persons in the Manila Bay area who rely solely on aquaculture as a means of providing the basic things in life for their respective families,” a PAMALAKAYA spokesman said.
“It is unjust and anti-fisherfolk.”
The demolition of the illegal fishing structures in Manila Bay, according to reports, is in accordance with an order from DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu to prevent the further erosion and degradation of the coastal environment.
PAMALAKAYA tagged the DENR’s Manila Bay rehabilitation campaign as “bogus” since the only ones to be greatly affected are the urban poor and not the giant corporations (such as Nestle Phils., Colgate, Coca Cola Phils., Universal Robina Corp., Unilever and Procter & Gamble) who are the real culprits behind the pollution.