Profile of HON. FERNANDO “KA PANDO” L. HICAP
Anakpawis Partylist Representative
Anakpawis Partylist representative Fernando L. Hicap, a small fisherman by profession was born on May 8, 1961 to a farmer family in Castilla town, province of Sorsogon. He attended primary education at Castilla Elementary School and as a teenager worked as a fishworker of Memphis Fishing Corp., a fishing company based in Bicol region.
A full-time municipal fisherman, Hicap with his wife Amelia Ajero raised 10 children, among them are two veterinarian graduates working for livestock companies in Sorsogon, while others help in operating their small fishing boat in Cavite.
During the 1980s, the mass movement against the Marcos’ dictatorship educated Hicap who then became an active fisherfolk activist. He was organized under the Lakas ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Bicol (Lambat – Bicol, Strength of Small Fisherfolk in Bicol), the regional chapter of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya – Pilipinas, National Strength of Fisherfolk Movement of the Philippines). Hicap was instrumental in organizing small fisherfolk associations in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon, which became local chapters of Lambat – Bicol.
In the 1990s, Bicolano small fisherman chose Hicap to be the regional chairman of Lambat – Bicol and served from 1992 to 2002. The following year May 2003, during the 5th National Congress of Pamalakaya – Pilipinas in Quezon City, Hicap was elected as national chairperson.
In 2010, Hicap was elected as national council member of Anakpawis Partylist and during the National Convention on March 2013, he was elected vice-president.
Hicap actively organized fisherfolk alliances and network such as the Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM), Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK Manila Bay) and Resist APECO, Defend Aurora Movement. These formations primarily oppose projects that threatens the welfare of fisherfolk communities.
As Pamalakaya – Pilipinas national chairperson, he attended international activities of World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), as well as meetings and conferences concerning fisherfolk rights and welfare in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hongkong and Italy from 2003 to 2012.
Hicap attended the UN Committee on Fisheries (COFI) consultation in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 and on January 2012, he went back to Thailand to attend the international consultation on small-scale fishers rights.