Capitol to identify Bataan-Pampanga fishing boundary-A A +A
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino said the Provincial Government is set to establish a marker that will establish the territorial water boundary between Pampanga and Bataan.
Tolentino said the Provincial Board approved an ordinance allocating a particular budget amounting to at least P1.5 million for the purpose.
He said there is a compelling need to identify the fishing boundary fronting the province of Bataan, to protect fishermen in the coastal municipalities in the province.
"Madami sa ating mga mangingisda ang hinuhuli dyan sa Bataan kaya dapat malaman na talaga natin kung saan talaga ang boundary, para maproteksyunan naman natin ang ating mga kababayan," Tolentino said.
He noted that for last year alone, several fishermen from Masantol and other neighboring towns were apprehended by Bataan authorities allegedly for encroaching into their fishing territory and engaging in illegal fishing.
"Si Governor Pineda ang dami na niyang napiyansahan at hindi na niya nababawi ang kaniyang pera," the board member noted.
The boundary will be determined with the help of the Bureau and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and other concerned agencies of the government to ensure that the marker will be properly installed.
Lilian Cruz Garcia, BFAR assistant regional director, has joined a dialogue with the fishermen held in Macabebe town led by Governor Lilia Pineda and other local officials.
The initiative was aimed at putting an end to the fishing boundary dispute, leading to the arrest of some fishermen.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 20, 2013.