Around 200 fisherfolk from a coastal village in Consolacion, Cebu recently held protest against a reclamation project brought about by a partnership between the town’s officials and a private consortium.
The protesters signed a petition against the reclamation project, addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte, in hopes of garnering help with the issue.
This was the third time a petition written against the reclamation project was sent to the President, the first being signed by at least 2,000 shipyard workers, while the second was signed by the residents of Barangay Tayud.
All signatories have livelihoods that will be affected by the reclamation project if it pushes through.
CONSOLACION, CEBU, Philippines — Protesters gathered at around 6 in the morning this past Sunday, 07 November, carrying posters, and continued on despite the rain.
The initial protesters came from Sitio Baha-Baha in Barangay Tayud, and were soon joined by fishermen from the nearby cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue. All were against the Seafront City, a 235.8-hectare reclamation project that could, according to a study, cause irreversible damages to marine resources if it were to push through.
The study was conducted by Dr. Filipina Sotto from the Cebu-based think tank FBS-Environment and Community Research and Development Services. She stated that the area is rich in marine resources, as it has seven mangrove species and 75 coral species.
On the morning of their protest, the fisherfolk even cooked and ate some crabs and shellfish they gathered along the shoreline, seeking to prove that the sea is abundant with marine life.
The fisherfolk’s protest was the second against the Seafront City—it came less than a month after the first, which involved fifty fishermen boarding their boats to catch fish in order to refute the claims of Consolacion Mayor Johannes Alegado and Vice Mayor Teresita Alegado that the shipyards in the area have caused the absence of fish. (RF/JuanManila)
Featured image: Fisherfolk protest against the Seafront City reclamation project pushed by local officials. /Credit: Sunstar Cebu