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DILG reminds LGUs to protect small fisherfolks, fisheries and aquatic resources of municipal waters

Tacloban City (November 27) -- In line with the Presidential directive to ensure that the laws, rules and regulations to protect the small fisherfolks and water systems are upheld, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued a memorandum circular on the issue for strict compliance by the Local Government Units.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo in his Memo Circular No. 2010-131 dated November 18, 2010 mentioned the rules and regulations embodied in Section 149 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, Presidential Executive Order No. 240 series of 1996 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, and DENR Administrative No. 03, series of 1996.

On the creation of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, Secretary Robredo cited Sections 1 and 2 of the Presidential Executive Order No. 240 series of 1995.

On the preferential rights to erect fish corals, oyster, mussel and aquatic beds, or bangus fry areas within the 15 kilometers municipal waters, which include both marine and inland water, Secretary Robredo cited Section 1 and 2 of the DENR Administrative Order No. 03 series of 1996.

On the evaluation of projects and applications, Secretary Robredo cited Section 25, IRR of the Executive Order No. 240 series of 1996.

Meanwhile, the licensing procedure is embodied in Section 26, IRR of Executive Order No. 240, series of 1996.

In view of these laws, the DILG called on city and municipal mayors and barangay chairmen to create or activate their Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils.

DILG also called on the city, municipal mayors and barangay chairmen to protect the rights of the small fisherfolks for preferential use, are protected.

The DILG reminded the city and municipal mayors and barangay chairmen to promote and protect the economic and ecological viability of the fisheries and aquatic resources of the municipal waters.

Finally, the DILG directed all the city and municipal mayors and the punong barangays to strictly implement the procedures embodied in DENR Administrative Order No. 3, series of 1996 on the granting of preferential treatment to small fisherfolks relative to the 15-kilometer municipal waters and the procedure in the evaluation and granting of licensing pursuant to the provisions of EO 240 series of 1996. (PIA 8) [top]

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