Zambo readies for fishing ban PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 October 2015 11:13

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Measures are in place to serve as buffer to the thousands of employees who will be affected by the forthcoming fishing ban on December.

Mayor Beng Climaco said that local and national agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are prepared with programs which will help the approximately 30,000 Zamboangueños employed by the canning and sardine industry in the City ride out the three-month fishing ban set for December to March.

“Cada y cual maga agencia ya tiene ya programa para con este and the DOLE has already been working with them so the 30,0000 employees left unemployed have a buffer so that they will be able to earn a livelihood,” Climaco said.

The chief executive also noted that the method of how fishing associations in the City such as the Southern Philippines Deep-Sea Fishing Association (SOPHIL) deal with the fishing ban and its effects to the labor force has been a model for other areas in the Philippines.

“We were able to bring this model to Palawan to show to them that in the period of the fishing ban the people that are unemployed for reason of the fishing ban have a livelihood,” said Climaco Monday, October 26.

The ban on fishing will allow the tamban, the main component of canned sardines, to spawn freely and multiply. — Jasmine Mohammadsali