AROUND 200 fishermen in Talisay City, Cebu conducted a protest against what they claimed as an ongoing reclamation of land, which is a part of an international container port, on Monday morning, Nov. 8, 2021.

Mananagat sa Talisay Pamo Association (Matapa) vice president for external Joksan Branzuela said they want to have a dialogue with the management of the Cebu South Harbor and Container Terminal Complex (CSHCTC) to ask the latter about its plans for the area.

“We want to reach out to the concerned local and national agencies because this is a huge threat to the livelihood of our fisherfolk, especially in our situation on the two affected barangays, San Roque and Tanke, in Talisay,” Branzuela told SunStar Cebu.

He said the construction of a 25-hectare reclaimed area seemed to “trap” them from their fishing activities.

“It also poses danger in our docking area. We were intimidated when the reclamation reached a portion of our shoreline area,” he said in Cebuano.

The container port started construction in 2019, and was cleared after a series of public consultations in the same year, Branzuela said. The project broke ground in November 2018.

The P10 billion international port will cater to containers and bulk cargo operation.

Talisay City Councilor Jojo Bacaltos of the committee on environment and natural resources assured that they will help the fishermen talk to CSHCTC in order to address their concerns on the port project.