In a summit hosted by the municipality of San Fernando on Thursday,
March 6, the governor challenged the fisher folks to be the
Capitol’s partner in its drive against illegal fishing as the
Capitol lacks the manpower to address the province-wide problem.
More than 160 fisher folks from 40 fishermen associations in the six
local government units in the first district attended the activity
held at the municipal gym.
San Fernando Municipal Mayor Antonio “Abe” Canoy said he hoped
that this endeavor would open up a fruitful cooperation between the
fisher folks in the first district and the provincial government.
Canoy said the summit showed that the fishermen are not a forgotten
sector. Rather, it provides an opportunity for them to direct their
problems to the provincial officials and thus play a big role in its
Governor Davide urged the local fisher folks to organize themselves
and be trained as fish wardens. He has instructed the Provincial
Environment and Natural Resources’ head, Czareem “Chad” Estella to
formulate a scheme on how to incorporate the fisher-folks’
“Tinuod kulang ug enforcers ang Kapitolyo, limited pud kaayo kitag
resources. Ang akong hangyo kaninyo pag organize kamong tanan sa first
district, unya among sabotan ni Chad kung unsaon kamo pag deputize as
mga warden. Mo assister kamo sa anti-illegal fishing task force,”
said the governor.
The idea, Davide said, is for them to participate in the actual
apprehension of the violators or serve as informants of the
Capitol’s task force. Xerxes Alkuino