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BLOOD SANDS OF CALUYA big time tourism vs marginal peasants
BLOOD SANDS OF CALUYA
Big Time Tourism vs Marginal Peasants
eastwind journals 102
By Bernie Lopez
This is a sequel to the previous article After Yolanda, a Bigger Storm – Ayala, which focuses on the planned takeover of Sicogon Island by a Godzilla, Ayala Land Inc., in a staggering P10 billion mega-tourism project that would dislocate about half of its marginal farmers and fishermen. Now we focus on two more Godzillas, Consunji and Filestate in Caluya Island. Whereas, the massive dislocation of Sicogon residents is potential, that of Caluya residents is actual.Read the previous article on Ayala –
Sibolo and Caluya and other neighboring islands very near Boracay are the targets of big time tourism and coal mining expansion. Sibolo is a target because its sands mimic those of Boracay, snow-white and talcum-powder fine. Caluya is the target of Semirara Mining of the Consunji Group for its ‘expanion area’. Ironically, tourism and mining are oil-and-water.
Ironically, the seaweed farms are right in front of the very pristine beaches the Godzillas are drooling over. They cannot just be resettled because seaweed farms have to be near-shore and near their homes, and extremely sensitive to pollution. There are no known feasible resettlement sites. The seaweed farmers would rather die than move, but the Godzillas are intent on moving in. If you move the farms, you have to move the homes, a massive costly undertaking. Tourism and seaweeds are oil-and-water. This is the David and Godzilla story, an immovable object against an irresistible force that would end up in blood.
As in Sicogon, they promise thousands of jobs. If you place side by side the gain of temporary cash-economy-led minimum-wage non-skilled jobs for a thousand in one generation, to that of sustainable susbsistence-economy-led livelihood for tens of thousands in many generations to come, THE COMPARISON IS ABSURD. In this way, big time tourism is anti-people. It gives development to the rich and impoverishes the poor. Ironically, the government supports these anti-people initiatives for tax revenue purposes. They serve themselves rather than the people.
In Sibolo, there has been rapid land acquisition by Filestate at prices hungry marginals could not resist. But they later regretted it when the money vanished in the blink of an eye. Half have been bought, but the other half will not budge and would rather die than move. The reaction of Filestate was to fence and deny access. Lately, the buying spree has waned with Filestate rumored to be in a financial slump and looking for a Korean partner. But their security guards are in place. If Filipino Godzillas are too small, they turn to foreign Godzillas as partner, bigger and more vicious. They let Filipinos do the dirty work and simply give the funds.
In Caluya, there has been violent demolitions, bulldozing of farmlands, human barricades, arrests of protestors, harassments, and militarization. The court ordered the demolition of 84 homes based on questionable legal documents, but they demolished 104 by mistake. Orchestrating the takeover of Barangay Imba shorelands is Caluya Mayor Genevieve Lim, wife of a Consunji who is an executive at Semirara Mining. Here is a Youtube video documentary on the BLOOD SANDS OF CALUYA.
A prayer-song for seaweed farmers in distress
to turn to the Lord for help against all odds
SONG OF DAVID
King David’s famous thanksgiving song
for divine rescue from a vastly superior foe,
from insurmountable crisis and unbearable pain
i love you Lord my strength
my rock my fortress my deliverer my God my refuge
my shield my saving horn my stronghold
praise be to You Who has delivered me from my enemies
death was all around me, torrential floods inundating me
the noose of Sehol tightening
the snares of death awaited me in ambush
in my distress i cried out to the Lord
and from His celestial abode He heard my plea
the earth trembled, cracking the foundations of mountains
His wrath ignited, smoke billowing from His breath
kindling coals into flame
He then parted the heavens
descending with a dark cloud under His feet
flying atop cherubs, borne by the wings of the wind
the surrounding darkness veiled His majesty
a canopy of violent thunder proclaimed His coming
clouds and hail and lightning were all around Him
the Lord thundered from the heavens
His voice echoing, His arrows and lightning bolts flew
dispersing my enemy
the sea floor surfaced
the world’s foundation was laid bare
as the roar of the Lord, His breath like a storm
He reached down from the skies and cradled me
He drew me out of the deep waters
and rescued me from my mighty foes
too strong for my sword
they attacked on a day of distress
but the Lord came to my aid and set me free
He rescued me because He loves me
in You o Lord i take refuge
i trust in You, You are my God
my destiny is in Your hands
rescue me from the clutches
of my enemies and persecutors
look with kindness upon me Your servant
in Your unfaltering love save me
take courage and be strong
all you who hope in the Lord
sa Iyo o Diyos ako kumukubli
lubos and tiwala ko sa Iyo
dahil Ikaw ang aking Panginoon
ang aking tadhana ay nasa Iyong mga kamay
iligtas mo ako sa kamay
ng aking mga kaaway at mang-aapi
basbasan Mo ako, ang iyong tagapaglingkod
nang Iyong kabaitan
sa Iyong walang-alinlangang pagmamahal
idulot Mo sa akin ang kaligtasan
lahat kayong umaasa sa Diyos
maging matapang at malakas
AFTER YOLANDA, A BIGGER STORM – AYALA
AFTER YOLANDA, A BIGGER STORM – AYALA
eastwind journals 101
By Bernie Lopez
as if Yolanda was not enough
the people of Sicogon face
a new more powerful storm
Yolanda triggered an economic vacuum
now powerful forces are moving in
A new storm called Ayala is brewing which promises to make Yolanda look like a drizzle. Ayala Land Inc. is partnering with the Sicogon Investors Development Corp. (SIDECO), owned by the Sarrosa Family, for a staggering P10-billion mega-tourism project which will displace almost all of the resident farmers and fishermen of Sicogon. The project area encompasses 70% of the entire island, 809 hectares out of the total 1,160-hectares. It will have a 1.2 km airport, longer than that in Caticlan, to bring in development for outsiders and devastation for residents.
The powerful Ayala-SIDECO tandem is supported by a host of government agencies, such as NEDA, DAR, Iloilo Provincial Government, and its RDC. Because they are so confident they will get their way, they have started building 800 resettlement houses in Estancia town for informal settlers, in spite of the absence of an ECC, Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), conflicts with 259 Agrarian Reform beneficiaries, and a growing people-power protest germinating from a large campout of the Federation of Sicogon Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA) in Barangay Buaya. The powerful private-public consortium faces a formidable civil group headed by FESIFFA, the Non-government Organization for Fisheries Reform (NFR), and journalists from Vera Files, The Daily Guardian, and Iloilo Metropolitan Times.
Jose Emmanuel “Junie” Jalandoni, senior vice president of Ayala Land promised 20,000 jobs but failed to mention that about one half of the entire island residents may be displaced in return.
The people of Sicogon need to have a quick and proactive disaster response against this new storm. Facing Godzilla, their best and only weapon is to achieve people power, to be united totally, and to get outside support, from the Church, lawmakers, international groups, media, because the next logical step of Godzilla is to use force to get their way. They must pre-empt way in advance demolition of homes, forced relocation, denial of access to fishing and farming, and the militarization of Sicogon, which is happening right this moment in other places near Boracay, like Caluya Island. Most critical is – the airport must not rise, because that would be the beginning of the end. As Boracay wanes, the pressure for new places mounts.
they wait for me to stumble and err
so that they can pounce on me
take their vengeance and prevail
but the Lord is with me, my mighty Champion
my enemies will not triumph
they will be put to shame
and wallow in confusion forever
there is a time for everything
a time to weep a time to laugh
a time to scatter a time to gather
a time to tear down a time to build
a time to love a time to hate
a time to kill a time to heal
a time to be born a time to die
I shall gather the remnants of My flock
from all the lands to which I have driven them
so that they need no longer fear nor tremble
and none shall get lost
His favors are limitless
His mercy unbounded
His love ardent
i am renewed each morning
my soul abides in Him
wings and wanderlust – book reviews by students
Book Reviews of
WINGS AND WANDERLUST – The Art of Discovering Your Inner Self
By philosophy students of Dr. Manny Dy
at the Ateneo de Manila University
“Each page has aroused various thoughts and ideas in my mind. It has been very effective in challenging the things and ideals that I have been holding on for so long.”
“The book serves as an inspiration for people who have somehow lost their way and are trying to find meaning in their lives.”
“As I went through the pages of the book, I realized that I can always find something to do and be able to renew it and re-invent myself, that I am full of possibilities.”
“From one perspective, it can be said that we are doing the author a favor by giving pre-publication comments on his book. But after reading this book, it seems it is the opposite. Mr. Lopez has done me a favor.”
“The poems strengthen the messages of the anecdotes in a very different way. At times, I want to read faster in anticipation of the next poem.”
“The author has presented another perspective in life, that one should learn to simplify and live with what one really needs.”
“The book is something you can read over and over again.”
“The author makes me feel like I was part of the eastwind experience, and he makes me want to try it myself.”
“His ideas and concepts are so broad and deep, his advice and opinions and the lessons he wants to give.”
How to buy the book WINGS & WANDERLUST
HOW TO ORDER THE BOOK
2 easy steps
WINGS AND WANDERLUST
The Art of Discovering Your Inner Self
(See book cover and read ‘about the book’ at the end)
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THIS BOOK IS NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES.
HOW TO BUY FOR PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS.
The book will be sent to your home or office address in 2 to 3 days via courier upon confirmation of your payment.
STEP 1. MAKE YOUR ORDER.
Place your order by email to author Bernie Lopez at email@example.com
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1) Book recipient’s full name (yours or that of a friend, if it is a gift),
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For Philippine residents with no credit cards.
Deposit the amount of Php 450 per book (no bank charges) at any branch nationwide of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to Savings Account 0086-3992-84 in the name of the author, Bernardo V. Lopez (check name against account number). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 63927-2394095 your
1) full name,
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You will receive a reply that your payment was received and the book is on its way.
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STEP 2. PAY.
Payment Option 1. Send a U.S. dollar check by postal mail.
1) Make out a check of US$11.00, equivalent to 495 Philippine pesos at the prevailing bank rate of $1 for 45 pesos pay to “HERMIE SANTOS”. This bank rate is fixed until there is a big deviation.
2) Send it by postal mail to his address at –
8 DOCKERY DRIVE
WEST ORANGE, NJ O7O52
3) Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org informing him to expect your check.
4) You can wait until there is an announcement the book is now available, and then make your payment. When Hermie receives your postal payment, he will confirm receipt via email. If the book is available, it will be sent immediately. If not, you will receive notice you are placed in the reserve list, first come first served, until a fresh supply arrives.
Payment Option 2. Pay Online
Same as Payment Option 2 for Philippine residents.
FOR BULK ORDERS TO A SINGLE ADDRESS.
For more than three books, inquire directly by email
with the author, so you can save on shipping cost.
No PAYPAL or credit card payments for bulk orders.
About the Book
The adventures of a Filipino who drifted through Europe for three
long years. The book is more than a travelogue. It goes deeper into
the art of discovering one’s inner self, appropriate for those who are
searching for themselves or a career, vocation, or a meaningful life.
COLLECTION OF SHORT EXCERPTS (eastwind memoirs)
BOOK REVIEWS BY ATENEO PHILOSOPHY STUDENTS
BOOK COVER DESIGN
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