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[Video] AHON (RISE): 10,000 Fishing Boats for 20,000 Fishing Families. By BFAR

AHON (RISE): 10,000 Fishing Boats for 20,000 Fishing Families
By Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources·

Published on Youtube, December 19, 2013

AHON is a rehabilitation initiative to rebuild the lives and livelihoods of fishing communities ravaged by the world’s strongest recorded typhoon, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The calamity hit one-third or 21 of the 72 provinces in the country, bringing devastation beyond description. Thousands lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless. The most affected sector are the subsistence fishing communities who lost loved ones, homes and means of livelihood — their fishing boats.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is taking this initiative to build a start-up platform for everyone (including individuals, donors, NGOs, and private sector) to collaborate in addressing the immediate needs of affected fishers to get back to work feeding their families and the rest of the country. The Bureau envisions to work with other groups which have likewise initiated similar efforts, such as the “Adopt a Small Island Initiative,” “Yellow Boat of Hope,” and others.

BFAR would like to scale up the building and giving of boats to affected fisherfolk. To jumpstart the “Ahon Initiative,” BFAR has earmarked P50M, a large part of which will be used to build the initial 3000 fishing boats. The Bureau hopes to gather contributions from individuals, donors, civil society and private sector to build an additional 7,000 units in the next 3 months. The contributions may be in kind (boat-building materials) or cash to buy materials and pay for labor costs.

How you can help…
1. Cash contributions for boat materials and labor
2. Contribution of boat-building materials
3. Boat construction
4. Selection of beneficiaries
5. Installation of Shallow-Water Payaos
6. Monitoring and Reporting

For more information:

Visit http://www.facebook.com/Ahon.BFAR

or contact

Office of the Director
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Telefax No. (02) 454-5863
http://www.bfar.da.gov.ph

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[Press Release] Victims of fish kill in Leyte anxious to lose rights in Lake Bito -ATM

Outcry for livelihood:
Victims of fish kill in Leyte anxious to lose rights in Lake Bito

MACARTHUR, LEYTEFishermen in Lake Bito who had barely recovered from the fish kills last April and May are yet again to lose their sole source of livelihood after their meeting with Mayor Rene Leria and officials from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Leyte last Sept. 25. The meeting was held in the community chapel.

According to the officers of Unahin Lagi ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisher folks Association (UNLAD-BLFA), the mayor told them that they may no longer be allowed to install fish cages in the lake unless they will disassociate themselves in UNLAD and join in the organization recognized by his office.

“Sobrang panggigipit naman ito sa amin,” (This is pure harassment) said Jesus Cabias, president of UNLAD-BLFA.

“Ang gusto lang namin ay ang makapaghanap-buhay ng marangal. Dahil ba nakikipaglaban kami sa mining dito sa aming lugar ay nawalan na rin kami ng karapatan na makapangisda sa lawa? Matagal na kaming nangingisda diyan sa lawa” he added. (What we only want is decent means livelihood. Is it because we are fighting against mining in our community, then we lose our rights to fish in the lake? We’ve been fishing here for so long).

UNLAD also reported that a DOLE staff even said that what are left for them are the barges and patches of soil from the mining operation in Brgy. Villa Imelda.

“We denounce this harassment to the fishermen of Lake Bito. We are calling on Mayor Leria to be fair on this decision. What are the grounds that UNLAD members all of sudden become ineligible to fish in the area considering that these fishermen are the ones fighting for the protection of the lake?” asked Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM).

“He actually needs to act faster on how the NICUA mining company will pay for the damages it caused during the fish kill,” Garganera added.

Provincial Office of BFAR will be granting floating cages to about 50 fishermen but they will have to clear all the current cages in the Lake. In a phone interview with Jose Ciervo, provincial fisheries officer, claimed that the victims of the fish kill are actually the priority beneficiary of the project.

Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the AMMB. (30)

Contact details:
Mr. Jesus Cabias, UNLAD Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association President – 0912.433.7768
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator – 09277617602
Edel S. Garingan – ATM media and communication officer, 09228918972

ATM Press Release
Sept. 27, 2012

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[Press Release] San Roque Mines still under probe – Tubay Mayor -ATM

San Roque Mines still under probe – Tubay Mayor

MGB urged to be fair on its investigation

Tubay, Agusan del Norte – “The investigation is not yet over!”Mayor Sadeka Tomaneng reacted on the report that the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) had cleared San Roque Mines for its alleged failure to comply on environmental and health hazard laws.

“We have not received the final report for the investigation being conducted by the multi-departmental team created by the national office of MGB. We will only rely on the document that will be released by MGB Director Leo Jasareno. Therefore for now, SRMI is still uncleared,” Mayor Tomaneng added.

The Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources released its report last week(when?), stating that SRMI had committed no major environmental violations for its operations. They even denied claims of people of Tubay that the mining firm caused heavy siltation in the coastal area of Tubay.

Mayor Sadeka confirmed that they have presented strong evidences on their claims against SRMI. “Based on what we have presented to MGB and on what the director had seen during his visit to SRMI last February, and together with the investigation of the various government agencies including the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Bureau of Soil, Jasareno will decide whether SRMI should continue with its operation”. These evidences include actual photos and videos of the mining operation and its impact on the coast of Tubay.

“I am disappointed to know the report from the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team. I am strongly hoping that MGB will not be easily swayed with this report. The behavior of the MMT is one of the very reasons why the people petitioned SRMI because the issues that are felt up to now by the Tubaynons are not reflected in any of their previous reports” Mayor Sadeka added.

Meanwhile, Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina expressed support to Mayor Sadeka and urged MGB to have a fair and clear decision stand on this issue. “MGB should give merit to the call of the mining-affected communities. They should also respect the decisions of Tubay local government.”

“This case in Tubay augments our call to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 that had fallen short in protecting our environment and upholding the right of people for shelter, water and livelihood. And until the government had outlined appropriate approaches to address issues such as this, moratorium on mining remain the best thing that the government should do now,” Garganera added. He also said that this particular situation reflects the growing dissatisfaction of many local governments on the way large-scale mining are being imposed on them as a national priority.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the passage of the Philippine Mineral Resources Act a.k.a. Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

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For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0927) 761.76.02 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Edel S. Garingan, ATM Media and Communication Officer, (0922) 891. 89. 72 <communications@alyansatigilmina.net>

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