TSPS-PAMB Executive Meeting

 The Tañon Strait Protected Seascape held a Stakeholders’ Forum back to back with the Protected Area Management Board (TSPS-PAMB) Executive Committee Meeting led by DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales last April 12-13, 2018.

The Stakeholders’ forum was attended by partner agencies BFAR 7, DILG 7, PNP Maritime, Office of the Governor represented by PENRO Capitol, local chief executives, representatives from the Municipal Fishers Sector, non-government organizations, Commercial fishing operators sector with the Deputy Speaker for the Visayas Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia.

The forum aimed to harmonize all efforts on the on-going crackdown of establishments with structures encroaching within easement zone and reinforce monitoring and surveillance activities against illegal commercial fishing within TSPS. Also the group conducted a levelling off in the implementation of rules and regulations covering special uses within the protected area.

 

 

“While we pursue very strongly in the enforcement of our environmental laws, it is very important that all implementing agencies together with the local government should level off and harmonize our policies, rules and regulations especially in line with the implementation of the Fisheries Code and R.A. No. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 (NIPAS Act),” said RD Gonzales during his opening statement.

RD Gonzales with Deputy Speaker for the Visayas Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia

 

During the executive committee meeting, pressing issues were raised discussed by the key stakeholders especially on the concerns related to the alleged illegal commercial fishing activities within TSPS.

Local chief executives made a strong stand that commercial fishing is not allowed in TSPS, therefore a strong and serious enforcement should be jointly conducted.

Also discussed during the execom was the new process flow for SAPA Application which was explained thoroughly to the members in order to guide them in the process of deliberation.

TSPS-Protected Area Management Board general assembly is scheduled to be conducted on May 25, 2018 in time for the TSPS 20th Anniversary as a protected area with Fidel V. Ramos as guest speaker. #RO7 #TSPS

 

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