Fisherfolk group slams “no sail zone” in Manila Bay
The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) blasted the 12-day ‘no sail zone’ in some parts of Manila Bay, a rule implemented due to the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila that runs from Nov. 10 to 14.
Starting Nov. 5, no vessel was allowed to pass along the waters near the H2O Hotel at the Manila Ocean Park Complex in Manila to the OKADA Hotel on New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City. This ban will run through Nov. 16.
“We condemn the 12-day “no sail zone”; it deprives us of our right to our usual fishing grounds for almost two weeks, only to provide blanket security to the ASEAN delegates that the Filipino fishermen have nothing to gain for in the first place,”
Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National chairperson, said in a statement.
“A 12-day “no sail zone” is 12 days of starvation for small fishermen like us,” he added.
The fisherfolk group claimed that at least 100 fishing families in Bacoor City in Cavite who traditionally hold fishing activity near the OKADA Hotel will be affected by the “no sail zone”.