Tag Archives: Lupang Arenda

Lawmakers urged to let go salaries, pork barrel for El Nino victims

By Akihira Tatchu and Bb. Joyce Cabral in Manila
and Lollipop delos Reyes, in Antipolo City, Rizal

Leftwing militants belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday urged senators and congressmen to donate their salaries and remaining pork barrel from March to June 30, 2010 to victims of El Nino.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson Salvador France appealed to senators and district representatives to contribute their available funds to subsidize sectors hardly hit by the long dry spell, specifically farmers and fishermen all over the country. The fisherfolk leader lamented that Malacanang, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have yet to identify workable solutions that will provide urgent relief to affected and other vulnerable sectors.

France said the affected sectors could generate P 40,425 each from each district congressman. If there are 220 district congressmen, the fund which could be raised would be P 8,893,500 per month or
P 35.57 million for four months. The Pamalakaya leader said there are 23 senators at present, and each senator also receives P 40,425 per month or P 929,775 for all senators. If they senators decide to donate their salaries to El Nino victims, the amount that can be generated from senators’ salaries for next four months would be P 3,719,100.

Pamalakaya said if the 243 congressmen and senators will donate at least P 20 million of their remaining pork barrel for the year that would amount to P 4.86 billion, excluding their salaries. The militant group said what the executive branch of government did so far was to monitor the impact of El Nino and hyped multi-billion mitigation projects which are subjected to audit free schemes, and are prone to high crimes of corruption.

Pamalakaya said the combined salaries and donated pork barrel could raise as much as P 5-billion which could be of big help to affected farmers and fishermen.

“There are billions of pesos of unprogrammed funds out there in the secret vault of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There are billions of pesos of unaccounted presidential pork barrel funds that were kept and are still in the disposal of the ruling syndicate in Malacanang. Where are these funds? Why not mobilize these funds to provide subsidies and other forms of aid to El Nino affected folks?” the group said.

Earlier, leaders of Pamalakaya, Anakpawis party list and Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) submitted a 5-point Omnibus demand to Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) that would cushion the impact of El Nino to small fisherfolk and urban poor communities situated along the lake.

The 5-point Omnibus Demand presented to LLDA General Manager Edgar Manda includes supply of 1 sack of rice per family for free beginning March to July this year.

The proposal submitted to LLDA likewise calls on the lake agency to compel local government units to immediately release the calamity funds intended for their respective constituents and allows fisherfolk and farmers plant crops for their subsistence or alternative livelihood.

The groups also tasked the Department of Health (DoH) to mobilize doctors and health workers to look into the situation of poor folk and be ready to provide the lake people with free checkups and medicines. They also pressed the government to set aside at least P 1,500 worth of groceries package for every family of poor fisherfolk and lake resident in the 90,000 hectare Laguna Lake representing the 9 lake towns of Rizal and 18 lake towns of Laguna, including the cities of Pasig, Taguig and Muntinlupa and the municipality of Pateros- all in National Capital Region.

“Instead of proceeding with demolitions of fishing villages, privatization and conversion of public lands along the lake, we urge the government to provide P 5,000 rehabilitation grant to every fishing family so they could repair their houses wrecked by typhoon Ondoy last year,” said Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya said the LLDA should permanently open if not dismantle the controversial Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure (NCHS) to allow salt water from Manila Bay to penetrate Laguna Lake. Gonzalez said the regular entry of salt water in Laguna Lake will allow the lake to restore its former ecological balance and healthy inland environment. #

Leave a comment

Filed under agriculture, barangay news, Breaking News, disaster, elections, environment, Laguna Lake

5K Ondoy victims endorse Satur, Maza for senators

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Billy Javier Reyes

Taytay, Rizal- Not less than 5,000 victims of typhoon Ondoy are endorsing the senatorial bids of Bayan Muna party list Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Women’s Party Liza Maza, according to the organizers of “Avance de Arienda”, the mini proclamation rally staged by residents of Lupang Arienda in Taytay, Rizal.

The “miting de avance” of Lupang Arienda fisherfolk and urban poor organized by the activist fishermen alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), its Southern Luzon chapter Pamalakaya-Timog Katagalugan, the Katipunan ng Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK) and Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) also declared their support to party lists Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Kabataan Party, Act Teachers and the children advocacy group Akap-Bata.

“Victims of government sponsored disaster in Lupang Arienda and in the 90,000 hectare stretched Laguna Lake are 100 percent green and determine to campaign for senatorial bids of Ocampo and Maza and the progressive party lists comprising the Makabayan coalition,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

The Pamalakaya leader said aside from Lupang Arienda, fisherfolk, farmers and urban poor located in different lake towns in Rizal and Laguna provinces organized by Pamalakaya, Kasama-TK, Pamalakaya-TK and SLLM will also campaign for Reps. Ocampo and Maza, Anakpawis party and sister party list groups like Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Kabataan Party.

Hicap said Laguna fisherfolk endorsement of Ocampo and Maza’s senatorial bids stemmed from the two militant solons unbridled advocacy on the issues of fisherfolk and lake people in Laguna Lake. The fisherfolk official recalled Ocampo and Maza’s sponsorship of bills and resolutions as congressmen calling for legislative inquiries regarding the current state of Laguna Lake including but not limited to congressional inquiries demanding for an end to all anti-fisherfolk and anti-people government projects in the lake.

“Reps. Ocampo and Maza and the progressive party lists are the reasons why this electoral exercise, despite being dominated by traditional politics, elite rule and Jurassic politicians is meaningful for people advocating the politics of change for the people in and out of Congress. Without them, the people have nothing in Congress,” the Pamalakaya official said.

SLLM convener and Pamalakaya-TK secretary general Pedro Gonzalez recalled that Ocampo and Maza joined Anakpawis congressmen- the late party list solon Crispin Beltran and incumbents Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod in pursuing investigations on the proliferation of fish pens, across-the-lake reclamation and road dike construction that led to the rapid deterioration of the lake and forcible demolition of fishing villages in Laguna Lake.

“As far as my recollection is concerned, Ocampo and Maza and the party list congressmen of Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Kabataan pushed for a resolution demanding the national government to stop all anti-people projects in the lake and recognize the basic economic rights of fisherfolk and the lake people. The resolution was further augmented by several resolutions augmenting each resolution,” the 65-year old fisherfolk leader added.

Gonzalez was referring to a number of investigations in aid of legislation sought by Ocampo, Maza and the other militant partly list congressmen on Laguna Lake like the investigations on the proliferation of corporate fish pens, the plans of Maynilad and Manila Water to tap the lake as source of potable waters, the 5,000 reclamation plan in Taguig, the reclamation projects from Muntinlupa to Rizal lake towns and from Muntinlupa to Laguna lake towns reaching as far as Sta. Cruz.

Pamalakaya’s Hicap said at the height of typhoon Ondoy, Ocampo’s Bayan Muna, Maza’s Gabriela and the rest of the progressive party list bloc delivered not less than 10,000 sacks of rice and relief packs to same number of families along the lakeshores of Rizal and Laguna provinces.

The latest relief operations were conducted in Talim Island and Binangonan mainland were 400 sacks of rice and assorted goods were delivered and another 1,200 sacks of rice and relief packs were distributed to 6,000 families in Lupang Arienda. #

1 Comment

Filed under disaster, elections