BACOLOD City Councilor Bartolome Orola urged the City Agriculture Office (CAO) to provide the City Council a quarterly report on the conservation and development of coastal and fisheries in the city.
Orola, who authored the resolution for the purpose, said pursuant to the mandate of City Ordinance No. 618, which provides for the sustainable management, conservation and development of coastal and fisheries, Section 40 stated that a quarterly report on fines, apprehension, and accomplishment shall be submitted by the CAO to the City Council as part of the implementation process of the ordinance.
“Such information is vital to the optimal effectiveness of our city's measures to enforce our fisheries laws as well as our city's advocacy for the alleviation of poverty and the protection of the rights of our fisherfolk,” he said.
Orola that there is a need to collate all the pertinent data to aid the legislative body of the city to come up with a more improved and up-to-date legislations attuned to the modern and present day needs of Bacolod.
He also said that pursuant to Republic Act 6550 “An Act providing for the development, management, and conservation of the fisheries and aquatic resources, integrating all laws pertinent thereto, and for other purposes,” it is a declared policy of the state to ensure the rational and sustainable development, management and conservation of the fishery and aquatic resources in the Philippine waters and to protect the rights of the fisher folk, especially of the local communities with priority to municipal fisherfolk in the preferential of the municipal waters.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2017.
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