Teenaged fishers found adrift

two teenaged fishers rescued 

by Taiwanese boat after

drifting for 7 days off Batanes

by ding cervantes

june 19, 2018

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga- Two teenaged fishermen who have been missing since they ventured off the coast off the coast of Camiguin Island last June 11 have been rescued by a Taiwanese vessel and turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) last Sunday.

The Armed Forces Nothern Luzon Command (Nolcom) identified yesterday the fishermen as Gilbert Dacaya, 18, and Romnick Rivera, 17, both residents of BArangay Minabel on Camiguin Island.

Nolcom said in a statement that the two went fishing on their fishing boat whose motor conked out in the open seas. They drifted for seven days towards somewhere northeast of Mavulis or Yami Island near Taiwan.

Last Sunday, the two were spotted on their boat by fishermen on board the Taiwanese fishing vessel Juin Fu Xing and  were rescued.

Nolcom said Dacaya and Rivera were later turned over the the Taiwan Coast Guard on the vessel Taitung which got in touch with the PCG.

Last MOnday, the TAitung met with the PCG's MB Cape Paro in the open seas near Batan Island for the turn over of the two teenaged fishers to Philippine authorities.

The PCG vessel docked at the Basco Port in Batanes where Dacaya and Rivera were motored to the BAsco General Hospital for medical examination, Nolcom also said.

Warning on Chinese Incursions

Group warns Chinese intrusion
into Spratleys could lead to  loss
of 20 percent of PHL fish produce

by ding cervantes
may 18, 2018

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga- A fisherfolks'  group warned yesterday that continuing  Chinese instrusion  into the Kalayaan group of islands or Spratleys Islands could eventually lead to the loss of some 20 percent of the country's fish supply.

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said "continuing incursion of China in the Spratleys threaten not only the livelihood of Filipino fisherfolk, but also the food security of millions of Filipinos."

In a statement, the group stressed the Spratleys fishing grounds contributes "at least 20 perercent in the total fish production in the Philippines every year."

Fishermen belonging to the group held yesterday a rally at the Chinese consulate in Makati "to protest the installation of cruise and surface-to-air missiles on three of the seven artificial islands that China has seized from the Philippines in the Spratly Islands."

Pamalakaya noted that "the Kalayaan Group of Islands consists of 50 islets located 280-nautical mile off the province of Palawan, making it a part of the Philippines’ extended continental shelf as declared by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)."

This declaration has been refuted by China which has laid claim over the islands.

Pamalakaya chairman Fernando Hicap said yesterday's rally was "to show that the Filipino people will not be cowed by whatever sophisticated military technologies they flaunt in our territory."

The fisherfolk group also lambasted Pres.  Duterte for his "lack of decisive action to assert the country’s sovereign and territorial rights."


Suddenly, it rains

It's 6 p.m. March 16, 2018.
It's not so hot and I would have been content with a semi hot afternoon at this time of a birthday summer and then it rains outside, here near Clark freeport, Pampanga, Philippines. Refreshing. This means another cool weather tonight as I've always prayed for.

Nice sidewalk in old Angeles City downtown

Finally, old Angeles City downtown looks at par internationally with its sidewalks that used to be one for obstacle trainees, is finally laid over with neat tiles and cleared of vendors. Credit Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

Good weather, but...

At this time of the year in past years, weather would already be almost intolerably hot. Now it's not, and one would think that this part of the world is now being affected by climate change, because early morning temperature is rather low and makes electric fans obsolete. So I have colds but I still would rather have this fine thing than summer that sears. I just have to make sure I will not run out of toilet paper for nose blowing. and pray that through the summer months, dawns would remain kind. Colds could be okay. Promise.

Angeles City's Nepo area now

It is said that the Nepo center in Angeles City during the era of the US Air Force base at Clark Field was largely empty land, except for a quad that was famous for stalls selling American goods from Clark. The Americans left Clark in 1991 because Pinatubo volcano was about to erupt. It was  a departure that was to be made permanent by the non approval of the PHL-US Military Bases Agreement by the Philippine Senate the following year, The Nepo Center was left like an orphan. over the years, as Clark was converted into an economic zone luring investors with tax privileges, Angeles survived, prospered and attracted big malls. Nepo owners had to contend and invested in good buildings in their center. Now the Nepo center is unrecognizable from its American era years. Just see the photos below.

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