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PIA Press Release
2006/10/16

PENRO urges LGUs to enforce environmental laws to protect marine, coastal resources

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (16 October) -- “The Local Government Code of 1991 empowered Local Government Units (LGUs) through its elected local officials to enforce local laws that concern with the protection and preservation of the marine and coastal resources, thus, effective and efficient implementation including favorable results achieved therein lie in the hands of the local leaders in the comunity” said Berlina Corson, Information Officer-Designate of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in the province of Biliran.

The statement was made by the DENR information chief during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held at Radyo Natin-Naval recently where the topic for discussion focused on the protection of marine and coastal resources which is in line with the observance of the agency on the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.

She said that PENRO officials and employees together with the officials and employees of LGU-Almeria in coordination also with the personnel of the Almeria Seafarers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ASEMCO) conducted a coastal clean-up activity in the coastal barangay of Looc in Almeria town recently.

She stressed that marine life and coastal resources such as fish, shells, crustacean including its habitat like the coral reefs, seabeds and seagrass, mangrove forests, lagoons, estuaries, beaches and foreshore lands must be protected.

These marine life and coastal resources are important elements found in the 15 kilometers radius from the shoreline which LGUs have the jurisdiction to protect and preserve for its existence and for the generations to come to benefit from these God-given natural resources, she further said.

She added that the people living in the coastal community must inculcate in their minds that throwing garbage to the seashore posed a great danger to the marine life and coastal resources considering its toxicity and chemical contents which we do not know that those were harmful and can cause damage to the environment.

The lady information officer added that aside from the garbage thrown into the seawater everyday, some people also indulge in illegal fishing like the use of small size fishing nets, dynamite, use of poisonous substance and other illegal fishing methods in catching fish which kill fish offsprings but also destroy their habitat which serves as the breeding ground of other marine species.

She emphasized that it takes only five to ten centimeters a year for a coral to grow and we can just imagine where will these marine life go when their habitat or home is already destroyed or gone.

Having these environmental situations and threats to the marine life and resources at hand, it is but necessary, if not the most appropriate and proper way for the local leaders including the people in the community to act to prevent its further degradation and imminent destruction, Corson said.

She further urged the local leaders in the province of Biliran to act now for the protection of the marine life and coastal resources especially that the province is surrounded by seawaters and that one of the main sources of livelihood of the Biliranons is fishing.

She ended by saying that it takes a century to restore the damage done to the environment in its original state while it takes only seconds or minutes to destroy it. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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