[Latest News][6]

2016
Achievers
Advisory
Agriculture
Albay
Albay News
Announcements
Banner
Bicol
Bicol Express
bicol local news
bicol local newspaper
Bicol News
bicol news latest
Bicol Songs
Bicol Vigilantes
Bicolana beauties
Bicolano achievers
Bikol news
Binibining Pilipinas
Business
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Caramoan Massacre
Case in Point
Catanduanes
Celebrations
Church
Column
Community
Contributions
Culture
Daet
Daraga
Development
Disaster
Documents
Drugs
Economy
Editorial
Education
Entertainment
Environment
Events
Feature
Features
Filipino News
Food
Food Trip
Government
Headlines
Health
Human Interest
Infographics
Infrastructure
Iriga
Iriga City
Isipon Osipon
Jobs
Jokes
Kantang suanoy
Legazpi
Legazpi City
Letters
Libmanan
Lifestyle
Ligao City
Live
Masbate
masbate city
mayon
MayonPH
Media
Mining
Modelo Bikolano
Nabua
Naga
Naga City
Nagueno
Nation
National
News
News Bullets
OFW
Opinion
Oragon
Orgullo
Palarong Bicol 2014
Palarong Bicol 2015
Penafrancia
Penafrancia 2014
Photos
Places
PNR
Police
Police Report
Politics
Polls
Power
Power Watch
Rawitdawit
Region
Science
Sorosgon
Sorsogon
Sorsogon City
Sorsoson
Special
Sports
Tabaco City
Tigsik
Tips
Tourism
Trending
Trivia
Videos
virac
Weather
Weekly Roundup
Who reads Bicol Standard
Willy Bayola
World
Youth

PNP-Bicol chief lauds sea guardians, orders men to punch hard on illegal fishers

LEGAZPI CITY—Chief Supt. Victor Deona, Philippine National Police Bicol regional director, has lauded the anti-illegal fishing task force formed by Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez and the City Government of Ligao headed by Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua.

The public and private sectors unite against illegal fishing in the Albay West Coast.
(Photo: Danny Calleja/PNA)
Gonzalez and Alsua have also been working closely with the mayors of Pioduran, Libon and Oas to strengthen the drive against big-time illegal fishers to save their seas from the culprits that allegedly involve powerful businessmen and public officials across the country.

And the sea guardians' tireless and relentless efforts have been paying off.

Gonzalez group’s fight against big-time illegal fishers is strongly backed by Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi and other prelates in the region as well as Deona, Lt. Col. Perfecto Penaredondo of the Philippine Army, Greenpeace International and local communities in the west coast area of Albay.

Deona noted that, in spearheading the fight, the City of Ligao is the sole local government unit in the region spearheading a serious anti-illegal fishing campaign.

Upon his assumption as Bicol’s top cop, he immediately issued a stern marching order to his men: stop illegal fishing, illegal logging, drugs, illegal gambling and loose firearms.

“I assure you that under my watch there will no longer be untouchables in our campaign against illegal fishing in Bicol. We mean business in the PNP regional command. We’re happy that Congressman Fernando Gonzalez and the city government of Ligao initiated the anti-illegal fishing drive. We hope that other LGus will follow the same effort to save our seas as a gift to our children and their children,” the PNP Bicol chief said.

Fishermen in Albay's west coast have complained that illegal fishers, mostly commercial fishers, operating in Bicol waters come from Zamboanga, Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Quezon provinces.

These groups are operating within the waters of Burias Pass and Asid Gulf.

There is another group, the Lucena-Quezon group, which operates in Burias Pass and Ragay Gulf, the complaining local fishermen added.

Also operating in these areas are the Bicol group and the Navotas-Malabon-Cebu, which also operate in Sibuyan Sea and are equipped with state-of-the-art fish finders and armed men, they said.

At nighttime, the Burias Pass is like a "city of light" or a metropolis due to the presence of mushrooming "pangulong" commercial fishing vessels with super lights and equipped with fish finders and sonar detectors, and haul fish, big or small, sadly destroying the coral reefs, coastal villagers in Albay's west coast claimed.

They said the pangulong operation is the most damaging in Bicol waters.

Since Deona's assumption in his post, several pangulong vessels owned by Quezon province mayors operating in Masbate and Sorsogon waters have been apprehended by his men, who have filed cases that are now under court litigation.

Records show that 60 percent of big-time commercial fishers in the country go fishing in Bicol waters owing to its rich fishing grounds, and the most affected areas are the Burias Pass, Ragay Gulf and Pasacao-Quezon seas.

“There’s heavy pressure on the PNP but we are serious in our campaign to save our marine resources,” Deona said, adding, "while there is time, we need to act together to curtail illegal fishing." (PNA)

Bicol Standard

Bicol news

Start typing and press Enter to search