The municipal government of Liloan regulates the entry, navigation, and anchorage of commercial fishing vessels, ferries, and other sea crafts in the town’s marine sanctuaries. The Municipal Council of Liloan has passed the ordinance last year and they want to strictly implement the ordinance to protect and preserve town marine sanctuaries. The ordinance cited the need to protect and preserve the adjacent surrounding perimeter of the existing marine sanctuaries in barangays Poblacion and Catarman, along and within the municipal waters of the town. Members of the Municipal Council of Liloan earlier passed a separate ordinance declaring and establishing portion of barangays Poblacion and Catarman municipal waters as a marine sanctuary. Members of the Municipal Council said that it has observed that ferries, fishing vessels, and other sea crafts navigating and or engaging business in the municipal waters of Liloan dropped anchors and docked indiscriminately thereby threatening and damaging marine life and intruding into municipal waters. Under the ordinance, any person, natural juridical found violating the ordinance shall be fined P5,000 or shall suffer imprisonment of not more than six months or both at the discretion of the court.
MANILA – Senators have proposed earmarking P1 billion as seed money to finance the development of the country’s own defense industry in the wake of China’s more aggressive activities in the West Philippine Sea. The senators, led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, jointly filed Senate…Read more
Philippine national security adviser hits China’s claim of Philippines intruding into Scarborough Shoal
MANILA – National Security Adviser Eduardo Año on Tuesday said China was “creating unnecessary tensions” with the Philippines and was “overhyping” a recent incident where a Philippine Navy ship entered the waters of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “Under international law, the Philippines has every right to patrol the length and breadth of the West Philippine Sea, which necessarily includes Bajo de Masinloc, which…Read more
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is eyeing a fishing ban and other restrictions in certain areas to address overfishing and boost the country’s fish population. Such measures, said Marcos, are part of the government’s plan of securing the country’s fish stocks along with other initiatives for the agriculture sector to…Read more
by MRIC Admin | Sep 19, 2023 | South East Asia (SEA), IUU Fishing - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, Regional, Environmental Concerns, Maritime Incidents, Maritime Situational Awareness, Domestic, Extraction of Marine Resources, Foreign, West Philippines Sea Update
Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino believes there's something deeper in China's coral harvesting endeavors in Iroquios or Rozul Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying that it might be a prelude to reclamation. “May iba pang plano siguro po riyan, di lang ‘yong pagkuha ng corals at pagdurog nito. Iyong pagpatay kasi ng corals ay prelude sa isang bagay— pag pinatay mo iyon, pwede ka nang mag-reclaim (Perhaps there's a different plan there, not just harvesting and destroying corals.…Read more