Commercialization of Foreshore Lands in Selected Municipalities in the Calabarzon Region in the Philippines

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"This paper tells of the story of the struggles of artisanal fisherfolks in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region in Luzon in the Philippines in terms of how they try to reclaim the foreshore lands, fishery and inland resources that are traditionally utilized by them. It is an attempt to document the different forms of commercialization in the foreshore areas, which often come in the forms of private beach resorts, reclamation projects and fishponds. These development aggressions have entirely altered the coastal and land uses in these areas as more and more traditional fishing grounds and foreshore lands are turned into eco-tourism and agri- business sites. This paper is a consolidation of three case studies made in Laguna Lake, the Municipality of Real in Quezon and the Municipality of Calatagan in Batangas. It is interesting to note how perceived development have led the way to foreshore land grabbing and displacement of fisherfolks from their traditional fishing grounds. It is also important to note how foreshore lands have taken its toll from the demands for fisherfolk settlement, reclamation for tourism purposes and conversion of mangroves into fishponds in the past. This paper suggests for the national government to address the seeming virtual privatization and commercialization of foreshore areas in the country. The increase in the number of private beach resorts and recreational areas are putting too much pressure to the productivity and social cohesion of coastal communities. Many fishing communities are being dislocated due to these trends."



privatization, fisheries, commodification