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Fishers washed clothes, took bath in

Fishers washed clothes, took bath in
DENR to protest looming LLDA-Maynilad water deal

Some 20 small from Binangonan washed clothes and bathed outside the national office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to protest the looming business deal between the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and the Maynilad Water Services Inc. for the latter to tap the lake as a water source for cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Bacoor in Cavite.

The activists all belonging to the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the multisectoral environmental group Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) warned environment secretary Joselito Atienza on the implications of his office granting of the required environmental clearance certificate (ECC) to the LLDA-Maynilad upcoming deal in Laguna Lake.

“Laguna Lake belongs to the Filipino people. By orientation, by design, and by historical and social purpose the lake is mainly a communal fishing ground. Any kind of privatization and conversion will not help save Laguna Lake which is currently at the deathbed of environmental destruction,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

Hicap, also the national convener of SLLM, said Secretary Atienza should come in and tell LLDA to stop the sell-out of Laguna Lake to Maynilad or to any other parties which are interested in transforming the lake into a haven for capital accumulation and super profiteering activities.

“Mr. Atienza, the no.1 seller and corporate pimp of the Arroyo presidency is hereby warned by public interest against granting an ECC to the LLDA-Maynilad joint water adventure in Laguna Lake. This government must be stopped from making sweepstakes like money, super profits and huge kickbacks at the expense of the people and the environment,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Likewise Pamalakaya and SLMM reiterated their call for LLDA General Manager Edgar Manda to back off from the looming deal with Maynilad despite the fact that although under Republic Act 4850, the LLDA is authorized to issue permits for the use and abstraction of lake water, it is not authorized to perform acts that are deemed to destroy the ecological balance and very nature of Laguna Lake.

“The LLDA is not authorize to sell Laguna Lake and change its orientation and social purpose in the name of corporate interests, accumulation of capital and vested interests of people in and out of Malacañang,” the group said.

Pamalakaya said under the looming LLDA-Maynilad deal, the Lopez owned water utility will extract 300 million liters per day (MLD) from Laguna Lake ,which it said is extremely dangerous to the lake environment. The group said the proposal will entail the closure of Napindan Hydraulic control system, preventing the entry of salt water of Manila Bay. He said fish species in Laguna Lake requires the mixing of salt and fresh water to spawn and survive.

The fisherfolk group said the Maynilad plan is like a death certificate to Laguna Lake killing not only the livelihood of more than 500,000 people engage in fish capture and fish culture activities. Pamalakaya said it will also endanger the fish supply and the fish need of millions of people in the National Capital Region, Laguna and Rizal provinces.

Pamalakaya and SLLM said despite of the present sorry state of Laguna Lake as Southeast Asia’s second largest lake, it is capable of producing at least 50,000 metric tons of fish per year, enough to address the fish requirement of not less than 10 million people.

Citing the study conducted by the Netherlands government for the LLDA, it said Laguna De Bay, being the largest lake in the Philippines and strategically located in the heart of Calabarzon region, is the most viable source of water for Metro Manila’s west zone.
Maynilad, which is authorized water concessionaire of the Manila Water Sewerage System (MWSS) for the western part of Metro Manila, said the proposed plan if approved will enable the Lopez water utility firm to supply water to the remaining 29 percent covered by its agreement with MWSS in the West Zone area.
At present, Maynilad renders water supply to about 703,519 customers, or only 71 percent of its total concession area. The rest of the west zone does not have enough water supply — mainly comprising the areas of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas.
The LLDA said if it gives the go signal Maynilad will take over operations of the existing water treatment plant in Putatan, Muntinlupa, which currently extracts 180,000 cubic meters per month of lake water and then supplies it to the Ayala Alabang subdivision for the residents’ domestic use.

Maynilad will gradually implement the 300-million-liters-per-day extraction of water from the Lake. The first 100 million liters per day will be made available to the west zone of Metro Manila in 2010 and then water extraction will be increased to 200 million liters in 2011, and then 300 million liters per day by 2014. #

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4 rural groups call for Ombudsman Gutierrez’s ouster

Calling themselves perpetual victims of the Office of Ombudsman’s injustice, leaders of the four of the biggest rural-based groups on Saturday called for the ouster of beleaguered Ombudsman Atty. Ma. Merceditas Gutierrez.

“Ombudsman Gutierrez is the Ombudsman of the corrupt and the evil managers of Malacañang. She deserves to be ousted and condemned by the people and her name will be forever etched in Philippine history as coddler of big time syndicate manning the office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” the fisherfolk alliance Pamalakaya, the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Unyon ng Mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and the peasant women federation Amihan said in a joint press statement.

The four groups recalled that they filed a number of cases before the Office of the Ombudsman like plunder and graft and corruption against President Arroyo and a number of government officials and criminal charges against top military officials implicated in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances including those involved in Hacienda Luisita massacre in 2006.

“Please allow us to remind Ombudsman Gutierrez that sometime in June 2004, we asked her office to investigate the possible involvement of President Arroyo, former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante and former agriculture secretary Luisito Lorenzo on the P 728 million fertilizer scam,” the groups said.

The groups added: “By June 2009, the fertilizer fund scam will celebrate its 5th year anniversary, and it seems Ombudsman Gutierrez is extending it for another five years or more. It is like extending the anti-farmer and pro-landlord Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program or CARP for another five years. This mind-boggling escapade of the Ombudsman is a classic case of bureaucratic coddling and corruption rolled into one.”

The militant rural groups said, another case they filed was a plunder compliant against President Arroyo and business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco in connection with the P 130-billion coconut levy case. They said the complaint was filed sometime November 2005.

“The Office of the Ombudsman has become a synonym for corruption, collusion and outright suppression of truth and denial of justice, and it seems that is the orientation of Ombudsman Gutierrez when she was transferred by her Palace backers to the Office of the Ombudsman,” they said.

For his part, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap further accused Gutierrez of sitting on the anti-graft case filed his group filed against President Arroyo, former environment secretary Michael Defensor, other government officials from the Department of Energy and DENR and private entities in connection with the offshore mining in Central Visayas, the oil spill in Rapu-Rapu, Albay and the massive and questionable issuance of environmental clearances by Defensor in February 2006.

The Pamalakaya leader recalled that the case was filed on February 13, 2005. In their 20-page complaint submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman, Pamalakaya leaders from Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Masbate, Sorsogon and Albay filed the case against Arroyo et al.

Pamalakaya in their 2005 complaint filed before the Ombudsman’s office asserted that President Arroyo and other key government officials made violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or RA 3019, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards or RA 6713 and other pertinent environmental laws in allowing Lafayette to conduct operations in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, in allowing oil and gas explorations in Tañon Strait (a protected seascape between Cebu and Negros islands) and Cebu Strait (Cebu) separating Cebu and Bohol and for distributing 4,968 environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) in 2004..

The complainants are led by Pamalakaya chapters–Pamana-Sugbo headed by its chairperson Victor Lapaz, Pamalakaya-Negros led by its secretary general Editho Namion, Bokkana-Bohol spokesperson Paulita Distor, Lambat-Masbate chair Darwin Abila and Lambat-Bicol secretary general Arieto Radores, representing the victims of Lafayette two mining spills in 2005..

Militant lawmakers Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano and the late Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran of Anakpawis party list and Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Party also signed as co-complainants of Pamalakaya and its chapters.

Aside from Ms Arroyo and ex-DENR Secretary Defensor, those who were included in the charge sheet were Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, former energy secretary Vince Perez, former Lafayette country manager Rod Watt and officials of the DENR and DOE in Regions V and Region VII. #

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Fishers to LLDA: “Back off from water deal with Maynilad”

Fishers to LLDA: “Back off from water deal with Maynilad”

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the multisectoral group Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) on Friday urged Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Edgar Manda to back off from the looming deal with Maynila Water Services Inc. to tap Laguna Lake as a water source for the cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Bacoor in Cavite province.

In a joint press statement, Pamalakaya and SLLM said although the LLDA is authorized under Republic Act 4850 to issue permits for the use and abstraction of lake water, it is not authorized to perform acts that are deemed to destroy the ecological balance and very nature of Laguna Lake.

“The LLDA is not authorize to sell Laguna Lake and change its orientation and social purpose in the name of corporate interests, accumulation of capital and vested interests of people in and out of Malacañang,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

“The LLDA general manager has no option but to back off from the LLDA-Maynilad deal and rescind whatever written or verbal agreement the lake authority had entered into with the Lopez owned water utility,” added Hicap, who is also the national convener of SLLM.

The Pamalakaya leader said the proposal of Maynilad is to abstract 300 million liters per day (MLD) from Laguna Lake is extremely dangerous to the lake environment. Hicap said the proposal will entail the closure of Napindan Hydraulic control system, preventing the entry of salt water of Manila Bay. He said fish species in Laguna Lake requires the mixing of salt and fresh water to spawn and survive.

“We strongly urge Manda and the LLDA authorities to refrain from further privatizing and converting the lake for the purpose of Jurassic model of development, super profiteering and fat returns of commissions and kickbacks. The LLDA is hereby prevented by national interest from entering into a contract that constitutes sell-out and all-out destruction of people’s livelihood and environment,” said Pamalakaya.

The Pamalakaya said the Maynilad plan is like a death certificate to Laguna Lake killing not only the livelihood of more than 500,000 people engage in fish capture and fish culture activities. He said it will also endanger the fish supply and the fish need of millions of people in the National Capital Region, Laguna and Rizal provinces.

Pamalakaya and SLLM said despite of the present sorry state of Laguna Lake as Southeast Asia’s second largest lake, it is capable of producing at least 50,000 metric tons of fish per year, enough to address the fish requirement of not less than 10 million people.

Citing the study conducted by the Netherlands government for the LLDA, it said Laguna De Bay, being the largest lake in the Philippines and strategically located in the heart of Calabarzon region, is the most viable source of water for Metro Manila’s west zone.
Maynilad, which is authorized water concessionaire of the Manila Water Sewerage System (MWSS) for the western part of Metro Manila, said the proposed plan if approved will enable the Lopez water utility firm to supply water to the remaining 29 percent covered by its agreement with MWSS in the West Zone area.
At present, Maynilad renders water supply to about 703,519 customers, or only 71 percent of its total concession area. The rest of the west zone does not have enough water supply — mainly comprising the areas of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas.

The LLDA said if it gives the go signal Maynilad will take over operations of the existing water treatment plant in Putatan, Muntinlupa, which currently extracts 180,000 cubic meters per month of lake water and then supplies it to the Ayala Alabang subdivision for the residents’ domestic use.

Maynilad will gradually implement the 300-million-liters-per-day extraction of water from the Lake. The first 100 million liters per day will be made available to the west zone of Metro Manila in 2010 and then water extraction will be increased to 200 million liters in 2011, and then 300 million liters per day by 2014. #

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Bong Revilla told: “Stop telling Cavite folk of Kaps Amazing stories”

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday urged Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to stop telling the people of Cavite of Kaps’ Amazing stories adding that the people affected by his father’s pet project—the P 4.3 billion 7-km road R-1 Expressway Extension Project should not be designated as subjects and objects of tall tale story telling.

Members of the Pamalakaya affiliated Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite (SMBC) informed the group’s national headquarters in Quezon City that Senator Revilla went to Barangay Sineguelasan last week and promised to provide fisherfolk and urban poor residents with modest houses if the government proceeds with the demolition of their homes along the coastal shores of Bacoor to pave way for the national road project.

According to SMBC’s report to Pamalakaya, Senator Revilla told residents of Barangay Sineguelasan that his office will coordinate with the non-government organization group Gawad Kalinga in constructing a tenement type townhouse for the soon-to-be displaced fisherfolk and urban poor residents in Bacoor, Cavite.

“Senator Revilla is not responding to the main issues raised by the affected sectors. He is reducing the issue to mere charity concern with the touch of feel-good and tweetum acting. But this is real life, and really life-threatening compared to episodes of Kaps Amazing stories,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap, referring to Revilla’s weekly show in GMA-7.

“If Senator Revilla will not address this issue in accordance with the public interest, an electoral defeat in 2010 is highly predictable. The people will not give him another chance at the electoral box-office,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Yesterday, 16 fisherfolk braved the murky waters of Manila Bay and staged a daring 10-kilometer swim protest from Bacoor, Cavite to the Philippine Senate to protest the construction of 7-kilometer R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

The 16 swimming fisherfolk activists started their swim protest in Barangay Maliksi 3, in Bacoor, one of the affected coastal villages by the ongoing reclamation and construction of the controversial road project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the Philippine Reclamation Authority chaired by former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr.

Pamalakaya said the 10-kilometer swim protest across the Manila Bay Channel is a tune up for more daring and highly agitating “class action” in the near future. “This is just the beginning of more aggressive actions against another road to perdition project of President Arroyo and her partners in crime in and out of Malacañang,” the group said.

Pamalakaya said the Senate committee on environment, chaired by Senator Jamby Madrigal should look into the alleged involvement of PRA chair Revilla Sr., his sons– Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Highways and Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla in controversial P 4.3 billion R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

“The old Revilla is the current chair of PRA, the main player in the phase 2 of the Cavite Coastal Road project, his son Strike is the mayor of Cavite, the starting point of the 7-kilometer expressway project and Bong Revilla is the current chair of the Senate Committee on public works and highways. Is this a coincidence? We don’t think so,” the group said.

Aside from Revillas, Hicap said Sen. Madrigal should also subpoena Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to represent the Office of the President, DENR Secretary Joselito Atienza, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Reforms (BFAR) Director Malcolm Sarmiento, MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando, health secretary Francisco Duque III, Cavite Gov. Ayong Maliksi, the mayors of Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite City and officials of the construction firm UEM-Mara Philippine Corporation.

“If Mrs. Arroyo holds the key on the controversial and extremely detestable R-1 Expressway Extension Projects, her officials from the national levels down to the local levels of governance hold duplicate keys, and therefore partners in crimes of the ruling gangland in Malacañang,” said Pamalakaya.

The Pamalakaya leader recalled that on June 21, 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 629 directing the PRA to develop Sangley Point in Cavite City into a logistical hub with modern seaport and an airport, citing the R-1 expressway extension project as enabling component. Hicap said the Sangley Point project was Mrs. Arroyo’s birthday gift to the old Revilla.

Pamalakaya said national and local government officials are using, abusing and misinterpreting the December 18 2008 Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay clean up to effectively eliminate the livelihood of small fisherfolk and uproot the villagers from their coastal communities to pave way for reclamation and other government projects.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 extension project resulted to diminished fish catch and destruction of remaining corals and mangroves in Bacoor Bay. The same Cavite road project is also being blamed for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby coastal towns in the province. #

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Fish ban due to Balikatan in Bicol now in effect— Pamalakaya reports

Fish ban due to Balikatan in Bicol now in effect— Pamalakaya reports

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday said a Balikatan-induced fish ban in the form of curfew in three coastal towns— Tiwi, Tabaco and Malilipot, all in Albay province are now in progress affecting the fish capture activities of not less than 10,000 small fisherfolk.

The Balikatan-engineered fish ban in aid of curfew was the subject of this morning’s protest at the Department of Agriculture (DA), where fisherfolk activists denounced the fish ban. They asked Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap to recall fish ban and add his voice to the mounting opposition against the series of RP-US joint military exercises scheduled in Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Sur this April.

Around 15 activists from Pamalakaya, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Amihan peasant women federation and the student group Nnara-Youth roasted a huge “tambakol” fish at the main entrance gate of agriculture department in Quezon City. Pamalakaya said “tambakol is one of the fish species, small fisherfolk used to catch in the fishing waters of the region.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap also challenged Secretary Yap to call for the scrapping of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and reject the proposal of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Reform (BFAR) Region V officer in charge Celso del Soccoro to implement a Bicol-wide fish ban once the Balikatan exercises go on full blast this April.

“The curfew ordinance in Tiwi, Tabaco and Malilipot is being effectively utilized to effect a fish ban during the Balikatan exercises. The three coastal areas in Albay are being used as pilot areas for the Bicol wide fish ban in the name of the RP-US Balikatan exercises and the VFA,” added Hicap.

According to Pamalakaya vice-chair for Luzon Salvador France, the local government units and barangay officials have started implementing 9-hour fish curfew and fish ban from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am since February 23.

“Fishermen usually go to the sea for fishing from 8:00 in the evening and they will go back home in the morning of next day. That’s the normal practice. Now because there’s an ongoing curfew that subjects all people from all age groups, the fisherfolk are effectively banned from fishing. We don’t usually fish from 5:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening, which is the time table now set for all fishing activities in Tiwi, Tabacco and Malilipot,” said France.

France said the implementation of curfew in three coastal towns of Albay confirmed previous report that the DA and BFAR will impose a six-month fish ban in Bicol region beginning April in connection with Balikatan exercises.

“We ask Secretary Arthur Yap to clarify this matter. The fish ban is tantamount to massacre of Bicolano fisher people rights and livelihood. This not only illegal, unconstitutional and immoral, but also super diabolical and all-out evil and puppetry. The VFA should be abrogated in order to stop the mass production of mayhem to the people,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group said if fish ban is totally effected all over the Bicol region, it will affect the livelihood of more than 100,000 small fishermen in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate connecting the rich the fishing grounds of Albay Gulf, Ragay Gulf and Sorsogon Bay.

The US war ships are expected to carry some 3,000 regular US troops and personnel who will participate in the six-month joint military training.

Pamalakaya told Secretary Yap the six-month RP-US joint military exercises will affect the coastal municipalities and cities of Tiwi, Malilipot, Malinaw, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Manito, Rapu-Rapu, Legaspi City and Tabaco City in Albay province, and Prieto Diaz, Bacon, Gubat, Barcelona, Bulusan, Matnog, Casiguran, Bulan, Joban, Donsol, Pilar Magallanes, Castilla and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon province, and nearby coastal municipalities in Masbate province.

“We challenge Secretary Yap to rise above the occasion and add his voice against the Balikatan exercises in Bicol. The RP-US military exercises cannot and will never be a good substitute to the livelihood of the fisherfolk and the fish security of the people,” the group said.

“There’s no recourse for us but to face and fight this anti-fisherfolk Balikatan exercises in the sea, in the parliament of the street and in the court of public opinion. Over a hundred thousand fishermen will lose their livelihood to this crazy and shameful military stint known as Balikatan exercises. We will not allow this puppet government to sacrifice our rights and livelihood to please their Washington-based military puppeteer,” Pamalakaya said.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines is expected to mobilize thousands of government troops and impose its intimidating presence in fishing communities to provide blanket security to US troops participating in the joint military exercises,” the group said.

Pamalakaya also said the RP-US Balikatan exercises were not only meant to gain future access to guerilla fronts maintained by the CPP and the NPA. The group said the joint military training exercises will also cover intelligence and military operations against militant groups in the region which the AFP and the US State Department labeled as front organizations of the CPP in the Bicol region.

“The sinister agenda of Balikatan exercises include intelligence work on various people’s organizations, their leaders and mass members highly critical of US military and economic interests in the Philippines, and very vocal against the reactionary troops and ruling puppet regime in Malacañang. This is Vietnam War in the making,” the group added. #

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Fishers reject Maynilad plan to tap Laguna Lake as water source

Fishers reject Maynilad plan to tap Laguna Lake as water source
Extremely dangerous, says Pamalakaya

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the multisectoral group Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) on Sunday rejected the plan of water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. to tap Laguna Lake as a water source for
the cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Bacoor in Cavite province.

“This mega corporate escapade of Maynilad is extremely dangerous to the lake environment and highly revolting to the people and communities that surround the lake.
It is privatization and conversion to the highest level,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap
said in a press statement.

Hicap, also the national convener of SLLM said the proposed plan of Maynilad will automatically pave the
way for the closure of Napindan Hydraulic Control System, which will prevent the entry of salt water
from Manila Bay.

The Pamalakaya leader said fish and water species in Laguna Lake requires the mixing of salt and fresh waters to spawn and survive.

“Allowing Maynilad to transform Laguna Lake into a water source for Metro Manila and nearby provinces
will deliver the death blow to the already fragile lake,” said Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said the Maynilad plan is like a death certificate to Laguna Lake killing not only the livelihood of more than 500,000 people engage in fish
capture and fish culture activities. He said it will also endanger the fish supply and the fish need of millions of people in the National Capital Region,
Laguna and Rizal provinces.

Pamalakaya and SLLM said despite of the present sorry state of Laguna Lake as Southeast Asia’s second
largest lake, it is capable of producing at least 50,000 metric tons of fish per year, enough to address the fish requirement of not less than 10 million
people.

According to Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA),
the Lopez owned Maynilad is now seeking its approval to use the lake as a domestic water source for Metro
Manila and Bacoor.

In order to arrest a forthcoming shortage of potable water in the future, the LLDA said, the water firm has asked permission to extract about 300 million liters per day from the lake.

Citing the study conducted by the Netherlands government for the LLDA, it said Laguna De Bay, being the largest lake in the Philippines and strategically located in the heart of Calabarzon region, is the most
viable source of water for Metro Manila’s west zone.

Maynilad, which is authorized water concessionaire of the Manila Water Sewerage System (MWSS) for the
western part of Metro Manila, said the proposed plan if approved will enable the Lopez water utility firm
to supply water to the remaining 29 percent covered by its agreement with MWSS in the West Zone area.

At present, Maynilad renders water supply to about 703,519 customers, or only 71 percent of its total concession area. The rest of the west zone does not have enough water supply — mainly comprising the
areas of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas.

The LLDA said if it gives the go signal Maynilad will take over operations of the existing water treatment
plant in Putatan, Muntinlupa, which currently extracts 180,000 cubic meters per month of lake water and then supplies it to the Ayala Alabang subdivision for the residents’ domestic use.

Maynilad will gradually implement the
300-million-liters-per-day extraction of water from the Lake. The first 100 million liters per day will be made available to the west zone of Metro Manila in 2010 and then water extraction will be increased to
200 million liters in 2011, and then 300 million liters per day by 2014. #

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Fishers group on Palace-backed BIMP-EAGA fishery consortium: ” Across-the-nation nose bleed”

Fishers group on Palace-backed BIMP-EAGA fishery consortium: ” Across-the-nation nose bleed”

“An across-the-nation nose bleed”.

This was the initial reaction of left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang
Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) after the
Philippine government agreed with the member-countries of BIMP-EAGA( Brunei-Indonesia, Malaysia-Philippines,
East Asia Growth Area)to form a fishery consortium that would allow member countries to fish in
member-countries’ territorial waters.

“This government keeps on bleeding outrageous and mind-boggling decisions without informing, consulting discussing and debating the merits and demerits of its
executive escapades,” lamented Fernando Hicap,Pamalakaya national chair.

The fishery consortium was arrived at the Thailand during the 5th BIMP-EAGA Summit in Cha-Am, Thailand,according to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde.

Remonde said the consortium will enable the country to widen its fishing base that would include the
territorial waters of Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Remonde said the Philippine tuna industry will benefit from the fishery consortium agreed by members of
BIMP-EAGA.

But the Pamalakaya leader said the BIMP-EAGA fishery consortium is just an agreement among the owners and
operators of big industrial fishing fleets among the four-member countries.

Hicap said the small fisherfolk of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines will not benefit from the
fishery consortium because their very low level of fishing technologies even prevent them from exploring
the bounty of their respective territorial waters.

“They cannot even go beyond the traditional 15-kilometer municipal waters because their fishing
technologies are very low and Jurassic, so this consortium is mainly a gentlemen’s agreement among the
big and the powerful in global fisheries, ” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Pamalakaya said the most advanced industrial fishing fleets cornering fish catch production in the high seas of East Asia are either owned by the rich nationals of that country or by foreign fishing monopolies like the United States, Japan and the
European Union engaged in fishing activities in BIMP-EAGA countries.

The BIMP-Eaga was launched in 1994 with the goal of increasing trade and investments in the region.

According to Secretary Remonde, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo encouraged the private sector to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the enhanced cooperation in the subregion.

With the establishment of the consortium, the four BIMP-Eaga countries will have a common fishing ground, Remonde said.

“This is significant for us because our Gensan tuna fishermen have a roblem because our bilateral agreement with Indonesia has expired already,”
Arroyo’s press secretary added.

A technical working group will study the details of the fisheries onsortium, Remonde said.

During the BIMP-Eaga summit, the leaders also assessed the progress achieved since the adoption of the
2006-2010 Roadmap to Development, and discussed future direction for BIMP cooperation, the Palace report
said.

The ASEAN leaders also acknowledged the steady progress in carrying out priority roadmap rojects,
the gains in transport connectivity, tourism development and trade facilitation, and initiatives to
formulate agreements to facilitate the movement of goods across borders.

The proposed nautical highway in the BIMP-Eaga will enable people in the region to travel by land from one
country to another.

The leaders also cited the potential of BIMP-Eaga to become the food basket for Asean and the rest of Asia
given its natural resources, Remonde said.#

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