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 – http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/05/after-yolanda X X 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 Psalm 31:2/14-16/24