4 Negros LGUs form coastal resource management body

first_imgThird District Rep. Francisco Benitez,who is also part of the council, said he has filed House Bill No. 3890 toestablish a multi-species hatchery under the Bureau of Fisheries and AquaticResources (BFAR) in Talisay City with a releasing station in E.B. Magalona. Based on the Negros Third DistrictCoastal Resources Management and Development Agreement of 2019, the councilwill prepare a framework plan which shall guide member-LGUs in preparing theirrespective coastal management plans. He added the hatchery was intended notonly for blue crabs, which is abundant in the area but also for the otherspecies so fisherfolk will have an alternative catch during the “close season”for blue crabs. A chairperson will be elected from among the local chief executivesof the participating LGUs, and the others will serve as co-chairpersons. Anexecutive director will sit as ex-officio member. The signatory-mayors included NiloJesus Antonio Lizares of Talisay City, Mark Golez of Silay City, FrancisFrederick Palanca of Victorias City, and Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona. “I would like to congratulate thethird district on this launching and agreement signing. I wish the council verywell,” he said. Considering the critical condition ofthe coastal resources of the participating LGUs, the council was formed for therestoration and conservation of these resources, and for the maintenance andpreservation of sound ecological balance, clean environment, and equitable useof the resources and in giving preferential treatment to marginal fisherfolk. BACOLOD City – Four local governmentunits (LGUs) in the 3rd District of Negros Occidental have formed the CoastalResources Management and Development Council that will draft a restoration andconservation network plan for the area.  Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who sits asthe honorary chairperson, lauded the efforts of the mayors and otherstakeholders in establishing the council. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PHOTO COURTESY OF PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL The partnership was formalized withthe signing of the memorandum of agreement between the local chief executivesof the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias and the municipality of E.B.Magalona, Negros Occidental in rites held at the Capitol Social Hall here lastweek. It will also formulate policies thatmay serve as a guide for the participating LGUs in managing all fishingactivities, and other related activities geared towards regeneration andutilization of resources as well as supervise all approved programs andprojects proposed in the coastal resource management plan, among otherfunctions and powers. The launching and signing rites werealso witnessed by provincial agriculturist Japhet Masculino, BFAR regionaldirector Remia Aparri and Chrisma Salao, vice president of World Wide Fund forNature-Philippines, an organization working with fishery stakeholders in thethird district for the sustainability of the blue swimming crabs’ industry.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img

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