Maasin, Matalom LGUs bind together for arrest of illegal fishers, poachers

MAASIN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) — The city and town mayors of Maasin and Matalom, respectively, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) recently for the purpose of protecting the natural habitat of both of their marine resources.

The MOA signing was represented by Mayor Nacional V. Mercado for Maasin City and Mayor Eric S. Pajulio for the municipality of Matalom, with other local officials of the two different parties.

“The MOA aims to maximize effectiveness in the enforcement process of fishing and fishery laws, among other related local ordinances within the areas of jurisdiction that there is a need to forge unity and establish bonds of solidarity among themselves and carry out such intention,” Mercado said in his opening message before the signing ceremony.

To enforce the laws successfully, both parties agreed that” the “bantay dagat” or local enforcers will conduct regular joint seaborne patrol operation within their combined territorial waters as determined by the anti-illegal fishing task force and apprehended violator/s will be charged in the proper court of the place where the violation was committed”.

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It was learned that the operation of bantay dagat enforcers is provided with respective ordinances of both LGUs basing on Presidential Decree 704 or Republic Act 8550, among any other national fishing and fishery laws.

The two neighboring LGU water boundaries are within the barangays of Guadalupe and Bilibol in Maasin City and Barangays Cahagnaan, Sta. Fe and Itom in Matalom, Leyte which  have become the common ground of fisherfolks of both municipalities and nearby places. (LDL/RGC/PIA8-SoLeyte)

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