National Fisheries summit held PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:59

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

The National Summit on Participatory Governance Towards Sustainable Fisheries dubbed as “Isang Bangka” sponsored and hosted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was successfully held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on October 28.

A Tri-Media Conference of chosen newsmen and Public  Information Officers of BFAR from each region was held a day before the summit at City Gardens Suites in Ermita, Manila.

The summit discussed issues on how to combat and fight the destruction of fishing grounds in the country and preservation and protection of the environment. The participants also viewed a video on sea environment and were lectured on R.A 10654  otherwise known as the amended Fisheries Code authored by Sen. Cynthia Villar who also initiated a bill to increase the budget of BFAR from P3.3 billion to P 6.3 billion.

The summit was attended by all stakeholders in the fishing business sector  per region, local government units, religious sector, academe, civil societies, tri-media nationwide and others.

Undersecretary Asis G. Perez told newsmen that the jurisdiction of BFAR is huge. “ We are a maritime country. We ask the the tri-media nationwide to educate the people in the country to preserve and protect our environment. We need you to lecture our people to stop illegal and dynamite fishing that destroys our sea environment. We need to protect our environment for our future generations,” Perez said.

“Noon pag- ipasa ang Batas sa Congress ipa publish lang sa National Gazzettes at nakasulat pa sa wikang English. 70 porciento hindi maintindihan ng taong bayan at 20 porciento lang ang nakakabasa at nakaka intindi,”Perez lamented.

Perez lauded local government units especially those on coastal areas that created “Marine Protected Areas” to preserve the environment.

“The (Basilan) Lamitan City marine protected areas intiated by the local government unit  is good. We have to work hand in hand to protect our environment”, Perez emphasized. — Allen Abastillas