BACOLOD City Councilor Bartolome Orola has urged the City Administrator’s Office to conduct an immediate study on the status of the aquapolis livelihood and training centers in three barangays in the city.
Orola, chair of committee on fisheries and aquatic resources, said that on September 15 and 16, they inspected the three coastal barangays, including Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, and Banago.
He said they found out that the aquapolis built in the three barangays were no longer used according to the purpose for which it were intended.
Some residents have already occupied the said premises and constructed shanty houses. The structures in Punta Taytay and Banago were also converted into dumping sites.
Orola said the area in front of the aquapolis in Punta Taytay was converted into a dumping site for garbage which aside from its unsightly appearance has a potential impact to human health, marine, and wildlife.
He said the City Administrator's Office should make a recommendation for its rehabilitation to include the sanitation, proper waste disposal, livelihood, training, and revenue generating programs.
The structures were a project of the City Government to address the needs of commercial fishing boats, operators, fishermen, fish processors, exporters, among others to improve the trade and fish industry not only in Bacolod, but in the region as well.
“To leave these structures without rehabilitating it, will be a lost opportunity for all the residents in the coastal areas. This includes the right of the residents to enjoy the thriving business of fishing industry where they can generate income," Orola said.