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Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change

May 23, 2020 - 8:03 AM

An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke

A DAY'S WORK. Fisherfolk dock a fishing boat along the shore of Barangay Paltic in Dingalan, Aurora. Photo by Kathleen Lei Limayo

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sagip Saka Act for farmers, fisherfolk signed into law

May 27, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Aside from other perks, the new law requires the government to provide capital to agriculture and fisheries graduates to help them pursue enterprises related to their course

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Turning the Pinoy almusal into halal

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:47 PM

Ronnie Mampen, the president of Dinaig Proper Fisherfolk Producer’s Cooperation, began producing non-pork tocino out of their coop’s raw products

HALAL BREAKFAST. The usual Filipino breakfast is being turned into halal food. Photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler
HALAL BREAKFAST. Ronnie Mampen is turning the typical Filipino breakfast into halal food. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

WATCH: Small fisherfolk excited to fish in Laguna Lake after clearing of fishpens

Jan 26, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has started its massive dismantling of fish pens at the Laguna Lake

Pangilinan to Duterte: Appoint a presidential assistant for fisheries

May 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Senator elect Francis Pangilinan says the Philippines should prioritize the concerns of fishermen and modernize the fishing industry

VLOG: Leni Robredo and the vote of the marginalized

May 07, 2016 - 9:07 AM

Farmers fisherfolk and indigenous people back Leni Robredo in hopes of sending her off to the second highest post of the land

#PHVote: Environmental activists bare 10-point 'blue agenda' to presidential bets

Apr 24, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Fisherfolk and environmental activists arrive in Dagupan City in a floatilla of 30 boats asking presidential candidates to include the sector s demands in their agenda

FOR THE SEAS. A flotilla of 30 boats, organized by different environmental groups, arrive in Dagupan to ask presidential candidates to put fisheries in their agenda. Photo courtesy of Greenpeace.

Fisherfolk leaders bare wish list to presidential bets

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:09 AM

The leaders say they want the reforms under the Aquino administration to be sustained but they would defer any endorsement until they ve heard all the other candidates

FISHERFOLK ASSEMBLY. Fisherfolk leaders from various provinces sit on yellow chairs as they await speech from Liberal Party senatorial-bet Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

'Make fisheries an election issue' – fisherfolk leaders

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:41 PM

As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored

ELECTION ISSUE. PANGISDA President Pablo Rosales said that support for fisheries should be an election issue. Photo by Stephanie Ilacad/Rappler

CA defends use of Wikipedia in decision vs mining firm

Mar 06, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The court says it turned to online sources for missing information and background on concepts related to the case

Landbank offers P3.8B in loans to farmers, fishermen

Jan 04, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The state run bank says it can reach out to more farmers and fishermen who are not part of accredited cooperatives

MORE LOANS. Landbank continues to strengthen lending programs for farmers and fisherfolks as part of the government’s thrust towards financial inclusion and improved agricultural productivity. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Anti-Fisheries Code protest undermines fight vs illegal fishing

Jul 24, 2015 - 7:56 PM

The amended Fisheries Code has saved the Philippines from losing billions of pesos in fish exports to the European Union groups remind those against the new rules

8 guidelines to make small scale fishing more sustainable

May 16, 2015 - 7:37 PM

A comprehensive human rights based approach will make municipal fishing a better contributor to food security and poverty eradication

Filipino priest to Pope Francis: Help PH tuna workers

May 05, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Reverend Father Rey Carvyn Ondap seeks the aid of the pontiff in stamping out malpractices in the Philippine tuna industry

Filipino wives appeal for fishermen-husbands detained in Indonesia

May 02, 2015 - 8:00 AM

There’s nothing [here] that’s why they run to Indonesia All I want that somebody helps us We just want our family to come home

Decent jobs? The case of Filipino handline fishermen

May 01, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Handliners are often subjected to hazardous working conditions sleeping in cramped quarters with no clean and adequate water months away from home

Kalbaryo protest seeks Aquino's resignation

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:26 AM

For urban poor groups kalbaryo – suffering – is not only recalled during the Lenten season but defines their life under the Aquino administration

PH peasants to Pope: Help us regain our land

Jan 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Peasants urban poor representatives and families of political prisoners from Southern Tagalog gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio for a pilgrimage for social justice and peace hopeful that Pope Francis will hear their plight

A fisherman's prayer

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Fisherfolk are the poorest of the Fililipino poor with a poverty incidence rate of 39 2 They’ve lived along the water always at risk of danger

LIVELIHOOD. Ka Jun stands at the dock, where fisher folks' boats stationed. Photo from Oxfam

A crisis that consumers of seafood can help avert

Nov 21, 2014 - 5:01 PM

When the fish run out the small scale fishermen will be left starving while the big fishing company owners can go into another business with their fat profits

WORK NEEDED. Fishermen prepare their fishing net along a shore in Tacloban on the eastern island of Leyte on October 16, 2014. Tacloban was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Hunger wRap: Faces of PH agriculture

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:18 PM

How important are fisherfolk and farmers in the fight against hunger in the Philippines?

Gov't fisherfolk registration program hits 1 million mark

Aug 22, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Up from less than 50 000 registered fishermen will now have access to health care and insurance and assistance in developing their livelihood

BEING COUNTED. A local government employee registers Bohol municipal fisherfolk into the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Pangilinan: Want economic growth? Put farmers, fisherfolk first

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The private sector including creative businessmen and social entrepreneurs can make the biggest impact on agriculture says the agriculture official

Re-engineering the Philippine banca

Jun 14, 2014 - 4:46 PM

In the Philippines a boat for a fisherman is what a carabao is for a farmer – a beast of burden a source of income a ride home Fisheries provide livelihood to about one million Filipinos or about 5 of the country’s labor force

STRONGER BOATS. Bancas for the Philippines offers a platform to make a climate-smart technology mass-based. In turn, more fishermen boost their resilience, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. Photo by Derrick Lim/ Imagine Nation Photography

PH oceans in crisis: The sad state of small fisherfolk

May 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM

On Friday May 30 a day before National Fisherfolk s Day fisheries reform advocates will march to Malacañang to submit to President Aquino a proposal on how to save Philippine marine resources

PLIGHT OF THE SMALL FISHERFOLK. Municipal fishermen are catching a 4th of what they had been catching from Philippine seas in the 1970s

Yolanda survivors after 6 months: Homeless, jobless, hungry

May 01, 2014 - 5:24 PM

After Yolanda the Philippines is running out of safe and usable evacuation centers for future emergencies

Haiyan-displaced families 'forced' to occupy forests

Apr 12, 2014 - 3:22 PM

More than 200 families in Iloilo are allegedly being prevented from returning to their homes by a development corporation with plans to turn the lands into a resort

OCCUPYING FORESTS. A portion of the 282-hectare forest land in Barangay Buaya (Sicogon Island) has been declared as a "peoples' resettlement site" by more than 200 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photo courtesy of Progreso Panay

PH fisherfolk: Living with Chinese coastguards' hostility

Mar 15, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Trying to earn a living fishermen in Masinloc Zambales continue to brave the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coast guards at the disputed shoal

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough). Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Fiberglass boats for Haiyan-hit fishermen

Mar 05, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Fishermen from areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda get back on track with new boats with one major difference

Growing a better future in a hungrier and warmer world

Oct 16, 2013 - 8:06 PM

Oxfam s country director writes about the 3 ironies in food production and consumption in the Philippines

RURAL WOMEN. Women farmers from the Sultan Kudarat province in Southern Philippines pose for the camera. Photo by Dante Dalabajan

PH, US, Microsoft team up to help fisherfolk

Jul 30, 2013 - 4:58 PM

A number of municipalities in Bohol will be getting a connectivity boost thanks to the efforts of Microsoft and the Philippine and US governments

FISHERFOLK AND WHITE SPACE TECH. A number of organizations are teaming up to test White Space technology for registering fisherfolk in Bohol.

Galunggong - no longer poor man's fish

May 31, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Once a poor man s fish the galunggong is hardly affordable due to the decline in fish stock

Farmers, fisherfolk denounce Balikatan exercises

Apr 16, 2012 - 5:37 PM

Apprehension also stems from a previous fishing ban and alleged encroachment of lands of farmers fisherfolk and indigenous peoples