Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Mayors of the coastal towns and cities surrounding Panguil Bay vow to dismantle illegal fishing structures located in their waters. This was the unanimous decision of Local Chief Executives (LCE’s) during the 4th Panguil Bay Development Council (PBDC) meeting held at Lala Brackishwater Fish Farm and Training Center on February 11, 2015.
The removal of filter net structures known locally as ‘sanggab’ is being initiated by Tangub Mayor Philip Tan to help Panguil Bay recover from the negative effects of overfishing.
The council meeting was presided by Usec. Asis Perez of the Department of Agriculture who is also the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director.
To make Panguil Bay a more sustainable source of marine products, PBDC will also be creating a baywide Fishery Law Enforcement Task Force. The Task Force will be authorized to apprehend illegal fishers operating in Panguil Bay and promote compliance to existing fishing laws.
For his part, Governor Khalid Dimaporo urged the mayors to remain united and stand against illegal fishing to protect Panguil Bay.
The council is also set to sponsor a logo making contest to raise awareness among students on the importance of preserving the fragile aquatic ecosystem. The winning entry will become the official logo of PBDC.
The latest PBDC meeting was hosted by Lala LGU led by Mayor Allan Lim, while Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. volunteered to host the 5th Panguil Bay Development Council meeting on April, 2015. VNL/PIO-LDN