Resistance against Cebu reclamation. Shipyard workers in Consolacion, Cebu mounted a series of pickets from September 11 to 17 in Barangay Tayud to oppose the impending 234.8-hectare reclamation project in the area to pave way for the construction of the Seafront City. The ecotourism project will close down five shipyards and destroy the source of livelihood of 200 fisherfolk. According to the Barangay Tayud Fisherfolk Organization, majority of them have been residing in the area for 20 years. The project will also displace 25% of 25,000 residents of the said barangay who mainly rely on the shipyard for their livelihood.
Resistance against magnetite mining in Lingayen. On September 13, Pamalakaya-Central Luzon declared its opposition to the Iron Ore Pangasinan Offshore Magnetite Mining at the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan. The project affects the livelihood of 5,000 fisherfolk.
The mining project is being pushed by the Australian company Iron, Ore, Gold and Vanadium Resources Inc. It aims to extract 5 million tons of magnetite per year in the area for over 25 years. The offshore mining operation will cover the seas of the towns of Sual, Labrador, Lingayen and Bimaley, and Dagupan City.
Wyeth workers protest red-tagging. Workers of Wyeth Philippines trooped to the office of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Quezon City last September 15 to demand an end to the red-tagging campaign by the NTF-ELCAC against their union. Recently, workers were coerced by the NTF-ELCAC to “surrender,” and to disaffiliate the Wyeth Philippines Progressive Workers Union from the DFA-KMU.
Vendors condemn demolition in Carbon Market. Vendors of the Carbon Market protested in front of the Cebu City Hall on September 14 to condemn the illegal demolition of their stalls at the Layo Seaside and Quezon Boulevard in the said market.