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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned 20 local government units (LGUs) on Friday, August 27, about the possible inspection of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) in the municipal waters of their respective jurisdictions.

In a briefing on fisheries management in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) said DILG deputy secretary Odilon Pasaraba that the department is working with the non-profit environmental group Ocea nia Philippines to draw the attention of the affected LGUs based on “High Light Detection” based on the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).

Pasaraba confirmed that it had communicated with the “Hotspot” LGUs to put their responsibilities in managing municipal waters on them while encouraging them to seek the support of national government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

To face the extreme challenges of managing municipal waters, Pasaraba posed notes that LGUs’ compliance with Streamlining Fisheries Compliance Audit (FishCA) tools and indicators has been improved to focus on essential institutional arrangements within local government to effectively manage local waters. ”

“In the Manila Bay Region (34 LGUs) a validation process is used to validate local management He thoroughly evaluates waters through the LGUs as a contribution to the rehabilitation efforts of Manila Bay, “said the DILG official.

Pasaraba stressed that the guidelines urge the LGUs to monitor fisheries policy in their territory as instructed by the communities are to support the implementation of the Fisheries Management Area (FMA) and the Memorandum Circular for the Audit Tool specifically designed to monitor their management of municipal waters.

As set out in Republic Act (RA) 8550 in which issued by RA10654 As amended, Pasaraba stated that cities and towns “have the responsibility to manage, maintain and develop all fishery resources and to enforce laws, rules and regulations through ordinances and guidelines.”

“The DILG supports the local Administrative units in fulfilling this responsibility by issuing guidelines that focus on localization and provision Unless all functions focus on national laws and guidelines, “said Pasaraba.

He pointed out that the management of municipal waters is crucial for food security and the livelihood of skilled fishermen and the sustainable use of resources for future generations Meaning.

“Since these waters fall under the jurisdiction of the LGUs, they play alongside national government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Philippine Sea and Philippine Coast Guard ( PCG.) Plays an important role) ”, said Pasaraba.

The DILG official emphasized that the management of municipal waters is of crucial importance for food security and the livelihood of qualified fishermen and the sustainable use of resources for future generations.

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