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RD Soria recognizes policewomen’s role in governance and peacekeeping
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SUCs in E. Visayas seeks P2.85 B funding for 2014
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TACLOBAN CITY – The 2014 funding request of state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region was pegged at P2.85 billion, more than a billion higher than the 2013 actual allotment.
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Barugo Pushes On towards Development news page14 TOP SCHOLARS . House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st dist) Rep.Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez (center) awards congresssional medals and hi-tech mobile phones for his 2012-2013 top college scholars Janela Camagting (left) cum laude BS-SEd Leyte Normal University, Joylet Bulante (2nd left) cum laude BS-SEd Leyte Normal University, Arlene Ty (3rd left) cum laude BS- Ed Visayas State University, Jonel Benjamin (2nd right) cum laude BS Criminology Visayas State University, and Daryll Permejo (right) cum laude BS-Ed Visayas State University.Looking on is ACT-CIS party-list candidate Jerome Oliveros. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO
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Mussel shell to be used as raw material in hollow block making
T A C L O B A N production of stronger CITY—Mussel (tahong) and lighter hollow blocks. shells can be utilized as This was the business a raw material in the idea that made “Team
Power Builders” of the University of the Philippines in the VisayasTacloban College (UPVTC) as the champion in the “Project Pagsulong,” a national social enterprise business proposal writing competition. Maria Katrina Alfante, Geneline Apuya and Mark Anthony Capinan of Team Power Builders called their proposal as “green construction” where mussel shells, an excess by-product, could be made into profitable products. Aptly named “power mussels,” the prototype to page 2
In a presentation at the Regional Development Council’s (RDC) social development committee, officials of state-run tertiary schools said they are seeking for higher outlay in 2014, to upgrade educational level of students that will contribute to the attainment of the regional development plan (RDP) to page 12
DSWD partners with NGO on Implementation of MCCT TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office 8 has tied up with the Magbinuliganon Parents Association, Inc. (MPEI) on the proposed implementation of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) soon. Allan Valdez, MPEI program coordinator, said that DSWD 8 starting January this year partnered with nongovernment organization (NGOs) on the release of funds intended for MCCT beneficiary. “As one of the existing NGOs in the province, the MPEI is so
lucky to be chosen by the regional DSWD office to implement such program. The DSWD official on a recent talk said that MPEI was chosen because it is one among the existing NGO’s here that have a good track record,” Valdez said. According to him, MPEI is now identifying families who would benefit on this grant provided by DSWD office. “The families who would qualify to be a beneficiary of this program are those who have disabled member, child laborers, homeless, less income, and victims of abuses,” Valdez exto page 13
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RD Soria recognizes policewomen’s role in governance and peacekeeping CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Eastern Visayas’ top police official, Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, assured the female members of the Philippine National Police in the region that Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) under his leadership is at the forefront of eliminating discrimination in the workplace through recognition, protection, fulfillment and promotion of women’s rights within its ranks. “We deeply acknowledge the importance of strengthening the policewomen’s role and participation in the performance of our duties as law enforcers. We assure you that we will be partners in building upon the gains achieved under existing mechanisms and institutions that support policewomen and female nonuniformed personnel in gender-responsive governance, promoting your
rights and in addressing gender-sensitive issues,” Soria told the 120 policewomen-participants of the Women’s Month Forum and GAD planning and budgeting workshop held at the PRO8 Matapat Hall on Monday. The regional director added that the forum and discussion on Gender and Development (GAD) issues and concerns is just one of the steps his office is taking to ensure that policewomen, especially those assigned in police stations, are given preferential attention. “This serves as a venue for synergizing efforts to address gender issues and develop strategies and programs to accelerate women’s participation in governance and your (policewomen) participation in whatever plans and programs this PRO8 will venture into in the succeeding days,” Soria said. The PRO8 fully supported the celebration
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of the National Women’s Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Numbers 224 and 227 series of 1988 and Republic Act 6949 series of 1990 with this year’s theme, “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan” in consonance with President Benigno Aquino’s pursuit and vision of straight path or “tuwid na daan” and underscores women’s leadership role and participation to enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance. The theme also highlighted the importance of strengthening the mechanisms and institutions that support women and to widen the arena for their participation and is aligned with Section 11 (Participation and Representation) and Section 29 (Peace and Development) of the Magna Carta of Women or Republic Act 9710. The forum gathered policewomen assigned in different line units of PRO8 and invited women leaders from different government agencies who imparted their knowledge on women and GAD issues. The resource speakers include Leyte Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ma. Arlene Cordoves; Yvonne Abonales from the DSWD; NEDA Assistant Regional Director Emma Sanopo; PSupt. Rea Villavicencio of the PNP Regional Crime Labora-
tory Office and PInsp. Yasmin Vilches of the Regional Women and Children Protection Desk. “As former British Prime Minister Benjamin Desraile said ‘You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men’, this sums up the policewomen’s importance in governance, nation building and in our journey together through the “daang matuwid”, he added. There are 696 policewomen and 96 female Non-uniformed personnel assigned at the regional headquarters and in different police line units throughout the region. (PINSP ROM-
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product showed about 650 psi level, way above the standard load-bearing requirements for construction. “The project seeks to address the proper utilization and disposal of discarded and unused tahong shells. It will also help minimize farmers’ lossess when red tide strikes because even shells of contaminated mussels may be sold and used as raw materials for hollow blocks making,” said Alfante, one of the proponents. The target beneficiaries of the project are mussel farmers in Ji-
abong, Samar, where mussel is the primary livelihood of the people. Other finalist in the Project Pagsulong was also from UPVTC Team Agri-EntrePinoys, whose entry was entitled “The Golden Cast: Nature’s Way to a Brighter Future. The proposal authored by Francesca Diana May Aguilar, Nathañael Dominguez and Jonna Mae Tajos intends to provide economic prosperity to farmers, ecological preservation of farms, and organic food security by setting up a social enterprise that produces vermin-compost fertilizers from biodegradable wastes. To be located in Albuera, Leyte, the project also seeks to alleviate poverty by engaging out-of-school youth and unemployed women. Ve r m i c o m p o s t
fertilizers will be initially distributed in the cities of Ormoc and Baybay. It was learned the two teams from UPVTC were enrolled in Management 138 (Enterprise Planning and Development) under the BS Management program and tutelage of Prof. Richard Cagara. Project Pagsulong is a P1 million youth challenge that seeks to invite Filipino youth to help alleviate poverty by bringing their business ideas to life. First launched in 2012, the project received 374 entries from 49 provinces nationwide. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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JV to Chiz: Stop dragging my Dad into your ‘Heart’ mess San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada yesterday came to his father’s defense, former President Joseph Estrada, whose name has been dragged into the ChizHeart brouhaha, dispelling rumors that Erap was behind the alleged smear campaign against Sen. Escudero. In a statement, JV defended his father saying, “President Erap is busy with his own campaign in Manila and it is not in his character to meddle in other people’s affairs or get personal with anyone.” “Everyone who knows him (Erap) including members of the clergy who are close to him and all those who have been part of EDSA 2 can prove that,” he added. The young senatoriable, son of Estrada with Negrense Guia Gomez, was visibly irked by reports since last week that his father was allegedly campaigning against
Escudero who happens to be Erap’s godson. In news reports, Escudero accused his godfather of being behind the hate campaign against him. Recently, Erap’s name was dragged again as allegedly part of the controversy involving Escudero and the parents of his girlfriend, actress, Heart Evangelista. The actress’ parents went on national TV asking Escudero to leave their daughter alone and detailing events of the senator going to their residence allegedly intoxicated and disrespectful. “I hope Chiz will stop pointing a finger at my father. He (Chiz) was the one who abandoned his Ninong (godfather) in 2010, and maybe he is being haunted by what he
did,” Ejercito Estrada said. “Maybe he (Chiz) has stepped on other people’s toes but why dragged my father into it,” he said, adding “instead of fingerpointing, look inwards and ask what have you done wrong and correct it.” In the advent of Holy Week, “take this opportunity to reflect and ask for forgiveness from Him and those you’ve hurt.” (PR)
Candidates urged not to use goons, guns C AT BA L O G A N CITY- Samar Police Provincial Director Eusebio Mejos asked the candidates running in various posts in the province to focus on their platforms and not to use goons and guns for Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013 elections. Mejos said that as what he observed, politicians are very much cooperative in the province. The first indication that they are willing is almost all the candidates coming from different parties attended and joined the peace covenant signing in Calbayog City recently. “For candidates, I hope with the peace
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covenant you will do your part to have peaceful and honest polls 2013,” he said. The better way of campaigning is not using of goons and guns but letting the people know their platform of governance in a peaceful approach, Mejos added. “As provincial director and as the deputy commander of Special Operations Task Group - Samar (SOTG-Samar), we will do our best and knowledge and capability to attain the peaceful 2013 election,” he said. The PNP Samar has already deployed strategically personnel and augmented with Philippine Army in Sta. Margarita, Matuguinao and
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2013 DOST science and technology scholarship exam result out The result of the 2013 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undergraduate Scholarship examination held last November 18, 2012 was released yesterday by DOST thru the Science Education Institute (SEI). Out of 25, 696 examinees nationwide, 3,597 successfully hurdled the said examination. For Region VIII, the Department of Science and Technology Region 8 through its Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla is proud to announce that one hundred seventy two (172) of them are from Region 8: one hundred fifty six (156) for the Science and Technology scholarship program under Republic Act 7687 and sixteen (16) for the Merit Scholarship Program. List of the passers from Region VIII are already available at the following DOST VIII Provincial S&T Offices: • PSTC-Leyte Government Center, Palo, Leyte (053) 323-5252
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To die for a cause
ilipinos are worth dying for” is a famous line once enunciated by the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, christened by the natives of the Philippine archipelago as “icon of democracy.” His utterance was galvanized and dignified by his assassination in 1983 when he was about to alight from the plane that finally brought him back to his Motherland following long years of exile in the United States. He was a nemesis of the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. Almost three decades henceforth yet there is no concrete name that is implicated as master planner of this cruel but liberating event. Although there are some sectors that negate this notion advanced by the untimely demise of a highly respected statesman, whom history had thought of becoming the country’s president af-
ter Marcos, Sen. Ninoy’s words breathed life into the expiring soul of the oppressed impoverished Filipino. For a while his words were relevant. Proverbially, it found meaning in the sincerity of the administration then Pres. Corazon Aquino, but not too long. Corruption, called the cancer of society, soon attacked the core of the bureaucracy like blight without cure gravely affecting the society. Obscured by the cloak of earnestness and sympathy of the political leaders from the national down the local government level, corruption thrived and pierced the heart of human society with a poisoned dagger. And so Sen. Ninoy’s statement eventually had lost its sense. to page 5
Betrayal How many close relationships have seen broker; patriotic and other good cause derailed, and lives lost by betrayal? The secret organization the Katipunan in Philippine history, an organization of patriotic Filipinos whose objective was to topple down the Spanish regime was discovered, a betrayal of one of its members via the confessional box, that eventually was crushed, and rebellion got nipped in the bud. Marriages have been broken because of betrayal of trust with either party showing unfaithfulness and betrayal to their pledge to love and cherish till deaths do them part. Wars have been won and/ or lost, because in some instances, a soldier betrayed the troops by revealing or receiving its secrets of the enemy. -oOoToday we are reminded of
one betrayal, a treachery committed by Judas Escariot, one of the trusted Apostles, being the groups’ money bag. For a measly thirty pieces of silver he volunteered before the High Priest to lead them in the capture of the Saviour and identify Him with a kiss. And the rest is history, so to speak. -oOoIn the world of Philippine politics we have ob-
served and known, elected, even re-elected Judases in public service. They were those who betrayed the public trust in public service by taking advantage of their lofty positions to dishonestly stuff their pockets od millions with public funds through graft and corruption rendering government coffers dry. -o0oThis was very apparent especially during the
20-year rule Marcos dictatorship, which even up to this moment government is still in the process of litigation to recover hidden wealth. And recently we have former President Gloria Arroyo now under government custody for investigation on the same charges of alleged graft and corruption. Needless to say had these Judas-like schemes of betrayal has affected our national pride. -oOoThe forthcoming elections will provide our people the opportunity to annihilate, kill and wipe out to kingdom come this evil-scheme in governance of betrayal of public trust by carefully choosing the well-meaning and capable
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Breaking into holidays to reflect on the holy days marking the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was recharging to both body and spirit. The holy days are set aside from the rest of the year to afford mankind enough time to retreat and reflect the supreme sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for the salvation of all. The days are determined by the Catholic Church based on its liturgical calendar that other religious sects do not have. Government declares such days as identified by the Catholic Church as nonworking holidays to allow workers from both public and private sectors to join in the commemoration. Business establishments also follow the days set for the observance of the holy days. There is therefore commonality among all sectors that the holidays are holidays that carries spiritual and religious significance more than anything thing else. It mucks the senses for people to abuse and misuse the holidays for unholy activities that mocks the spirituality of the holy days. Drastic changes attending the commemoration of the holy week are very much conspicuous these days. In recent years, people would be busy preparing for religious activities set for the week by the Catholic Church. The commemoration is full of holy activities that are all focused on the saga of man’s salvation. Broadcast media plays a vital role in bringing to the people radio and television programs depicting the way that Jesus Christ obediently took in fulfillment of the will of the Father for the salvation of mankind. People would truly take a break from usual activities and be glued to homes listening to drama presentations over the radio and movies on television, all about the passion of Jesus Christ. Those who live in the rural areas and hinterlands where mass broad-
cast media are not available for lack of electric power and electronic gadgets of information would spend the holy days reading and singing the passion of Jesus Christ from the holy bible as well as religious pamphlets on the passion. Contemplating on the sorrowful mysteries is the center of the observance and nothing of the joyful kind is done for the duration. The faithful would troop in pilgrim fashion to churches and other religious sites that are apt for a good retreat and reflection. Disheartening indeed and embarrassing as well that people who proudly claim to be Christians are now getting diverted from the Jesus Christ who suffered for their sins and their salvation. We all have been shown the way but we tend to follow our own way that is apart from the one Jesus Christ gave us. We take a joy ride on the holidays that were basically declared in observance of the Catholic Church’s sacred tradition by setting on a journey where there is joy and selfsatisfaction even if without Jesus Christ. We lurk in happiness of the flesh and find contentment in material possessions even to the extent of despising the will of our Father in heaven. We break our condition in prayer to follow the will of the Father as we always opt to follow our own in any given opportunity. We ought it to be true witnesses to our faith by refraining and altogether rejecting anything that diverts us from the real significance of the holy days. Using the holidays to party and picnic outings that despise the true intention of the break which is for holy and spiritual journeys of the soul desecrates the supreme sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. We need to reorient our practices not purely out of tradition but of our free will to be true to our prayer to follow the will of our Father in heaven. There is always an Eas-
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honest candidates to fill the elective positions they are aspiring for. As of the moment we have the best model of integrity in public service in President Benigno S. Aquino III by leading the way to what leadership should be – honest, sincere and dedicated public service. We pray that under the Presidency of PNOy it will cater in a new era where Judases in public service shall become an extinct race.
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This very local yet classic historical instance resembles the fate that Christ Jesus’ dying faced in the mind of the non-believers and the skeptics. Except for the truth which the Holy Scripture conveys, that is the resurrection of Christ from the dead and His rising up to Heaven in flesh to sit at the right side of God the Almighty so as to defeat sin and death and bring spiritual salvation to humankind, the impact of Christ’s death eventually lost momentum in some individuals to the point of it being charged as senseless by the atheists. It seemed to the latter that Christ Jesus was only a part of history and is never alive, and that Heaven, where Christ’s believers should go, is only a figment of one’s imagination. Wherefore, these doubters persist with their profane ways. Their earthly predilections outrageously resist promptings towards holiness. Christian preachers have been emphatic of the truth about Christ’s kingship and his victory over evil through his ter Sunday when we can all claim to be triumphant in going festive, joyous and happy but such must not be held ahead during the passion and death of Jesus Christ where all are expected to be pensive and never caught in worldly adventures of the flesh. Comments to email@example.com
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Let’s be good partisans NOW that we are again into exercising our duties as citizens to elect our public officials, we need to remind ourselves to be good partisans. To be partisan is unavoidable among us as we try to choose our options in our effort to organize ourselves as a people journeying in this world toward our ultimate goal in heaven. This is nothing to be surprised about, and should not cause us some misplaced fear as long as we live that aspect of our life properly. To be partisan is a consequence of our human condition. Since we cannot help but have different backgrounds, preferences, views, etc., neither can we help to avoid being partisan of what we think would serve our interests as well as those of the others, or in fact, what would serve our common good. We need to be respectful though of the different and even conflicting opinions, and just try our best to settle or resolve our differences in ways that are fair and charitable. To be fair and charitable while being partisan can mean many things. It can mean always trying to enter into dialogue instead of imposing one’s opinions on others. That is why we need to promote anything that can enhance dialogue. We need to hear all sides that have something to say
crucifixion and resurrection, and that faith is necessary element to obtain God’s mercy and the promised salvation from the so-called “fires of hell.” Faith is defined in the Holy Scripture as “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” By its meaning, it would seem that even the intangible becomes real and precise even if no proof of its existence appears as of yet. It is not like simply believing what history has written, but accepting what is yet to happen. Just like Christ’s dying for a cause – saving humankind from wages of sin which is “death” or everlasting perdition as some call it. This truth is to be embraced without reservation, preachers say.
about a certain issue. It can also mean the effort to get a consensus when a variety of options is presented. As much as possible we have to agree to a
certain device or mechanism to arrive at a consensus. In other words, the rules of the game should be set out and ac-
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March 27, 2013 – Wednesday in Holy Week Is 50:4-9; Ps 69; Mt. 26:14-25
THE BETRAYAL BY JUDAS One of the twelve who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand over Jesus to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said’ “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”’” The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”
NON-VIOLENCE Basic human nature is non-violent. Examine different mammals, for example, animals such as tigers or lions. They very much depend in others lives for their basic survival, and so they have long teeth and long nails. But look at peaceful animals such as deer. They are completely herbivorous and so their teeth and nails are gentle. Likewise, we human beings belong to the gentle category. Our teeth and nails are very gentle, and so we have a non-violent nature. We are expected to live and behave non-violently according to our nature. Jesus gave us example of a non-violent conduct. According to the prophecy of Isaiah, “I gave my back to the smiters” (Is 50:6), Jesus was non-violent all through his passion and crucifixion. “When it was evening he sat at table with the twelve disciples” (Mt 26:20). He was eating with those who would soon betray him, Judas by kissing him, and others, except John by running away when he was arrested. This is how he handled opposition, violence and betrayal. Many of his great followers imitated his non-violent approach in their struggle for freedom and justice. Martin Luther King said, “to our most bitter opponents we say: we shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering.” Non-violence is not just accepting violence to oneself. It is something more positive. The true expression of non-violence is compassion. “Non-violence,” said Gandhi, “is an active force of the highest order. It is a soul force or the power of Godhead within us. Even an infinitesimal fraction of it, when it becomes active in us, can work wonders.” (His Word is Life by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City) Sower’s Thought: “ The Eucharistic Christ offers himself to the Father in perpetual holocaust. Also our day should be offered to the Father in Christ. We must be a host of thanksgiving and offering in obedience to the Father.” –Blessed James Alberione, SSP, STD, Founder of the Pauline Family
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Republic of the Philippines Province of Samar MUNICIPALITY OF ZUMARRAGA -o0oOFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN
nical and other services to the fishery sector within the municipality, primarily the small fisher folk who rely on the fisheries and aquatic resources for their livelihood; g) Manage the fisheries and aquatic resources in a manner consistent with integrated coastal resource management;
h) Participate in the management of Maqueda Bay, Samar Sea and adjoining waters in collaboration with other affected municipalities in achieving the objectives of integrated fishery resource management,
22. Fisherfolk - people directly of personally and physically engaged in capturing or taking, culturing and processing fishery and/or aquatic resources. 23. Fishery License – a document that qualify a person to engage in any fishery activities in the municipal waters.
i) Promote social equity, alleviate poverty, and ensure food security in the coastal areas of Zumarraga, Samar;
24. Fish Fingerlings - a stage in the life cycle of fish measuring to about 6-13 cm, depending on the species.
j) Enhance the role of this municipality as a guardian of the fisheries and aquatic resources on behalf of present and future generation;
25. Fish Fry - a stage at which the fish has just been hatched, usually with size from 1-2.5 cm.
WHEREAS, Section 16 of Republic Act No. 8550, otherwise known as the “Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 provides that the municipality/city governments have jurisdiction over municipal waters, and, in consultation with the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils, shall be responsible for the management, conservation, development, protection, utilization, and disposition of all fish and fishery/fishery resources therein; WHEREAS, Section 16 of the Fisheries Code also mandates the municipal/city governments to enact appropriate ordinances for the foregoing purposes, and to enforce of fishery laws, rules and regulations as well as valid fishery ordinances; WHEREAS, Section 16.1 of DA Administrative Order No. 3, Series of 1998, otherwise known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRRs) of Republic Act No. 8550, requires municipal governments to enact the Basic Municipal Fishery Ordinance delineating the boundaries of municipal waters and providing for the rules and regulations on licensing and permits and other fisheries activities; WHEREAS, Section 16.3 of the IRRs also requires the municipal/city governments to enact special municipal ordinances such as, but not limited to, those declaring demarcated fisheries areas, closed seasons, and environmentally critical areas and fish sanctuaries; WHEREAS, Section 16.5 of the IRRs further requires the municipality/ city governments to modify or amend existing municipal fisheries ordinances in conformity with Republic Act No. 8550; WHEREAS, the coastal fisheries and aquatic resources within the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar are a very important natural resource, which directly support and sustain the coastal communities of the municipality, and are vital to food security and environmental sustainability; WHEREAS, the adoption of a Comprehensive Municipal Fisheries Ordinance is necessary for the development, conservation, and management of the fisheries and aquatic resources of the municipality; WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Municipal Fishery Ordinance will be the guiding document and instrument for the realization of the development goals of the Municipality of Zumarraga, Samar; NOW, THEREFORE, upon motion of Honorable Carlito L. Verzosa, Chairman – Committee on Agriculture and unanimously seconded by the members of this august body, the Sangguniang Bayan of Zumarraga, Samar after a series of consultations with the fisherfolks, the Barangay and Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (B/ MFARMC), in a session assembled hereby ordained that: ORDINANCE No. 2013 - 02 A COMPREHENSIVE MUNICIPAL FISHERY ORDINANCE OF ZUMARRAGA, SAMAR PROVIDING FOR ITS SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND CONSERVATION OF THE MUNICIPAL FISHERIES/AQUATIC AND COASTAL RESOURCES, HARMONIZING AND INTEGRATING ALL ORDINANCES PERTINENT THERETO AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES ARTICLE – I TITLE, SCOPE AND APPLICATION, DECLARATION OF POLICY, AND DEFINITION OF TERMS Section 1 – TITLE – This Ordinance shall be known as “A COMPREHENSIVE MUNICIPAL FISHERY ORDINANCE OF ZUMARRAGA, SAMAR PROVIDING FOR ITS SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND CONSERVATION OF THE MUNICIPAL FISHERIES/ AQUATIC AND COASTAL RESOURCES, HARMONIZING AND INTEGRATING ALL ORDINANCES PERTINENT THERETO AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES,” and shall be enforced in conjunction with the laws, rules and regulations on fishing, fishery and aquatic resources that are already promulgated by the national government, in particular, pursuant to Republic Act No. 8550, otherwise known as “The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998”, and its implementing rules and regulations. Section 2 – SCOPE AND APPLICATION – The provisions of this Ordinance shall be enforced in: 1. All the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar as defined in this Ordinance; 2. All coastal and aquatic resources in the municipal waters; 3. All lands, activities or businesses relating to the use, development, conservation and management of the municipal waters and its coastal and aquatic resources; and, 4. All natural and juridical persons or entities, fisherfolks of legal age, that use and/or intend to use the coastal and aquatic resources within the territorial jurisdiction of this municipality. Section 3 – POLICY DECLARATION – Consistent with the Constitution, the provisions of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the “The Local Government Code of 1991,” and the Republic Act No. 8550, otherwise known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, it shall be the policy of the municipality to: a) Ensure the full and effective implementation of the Fisheries Code, with the end view of realizing the policy objectives thereof within the jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar; b) Promote the proper management, conservation, protection, and utilization of fisheries and aquatic resources within the municipal waters as the means for encouraging the sustained social and economic development of Zumarraga, Samar; c) Limit and control access to the fisheries and aquatic resources of the municipality, in order to maintain the ecological balance, and enhance the quality of the coastal environment; d) Protect and promote the rights of the small fisherfolks within the Municipality of Zumarraga, Samar who are most directly affected by the utilization of fisheries and aquatic resources to its preferential use; e) Promote responsibility and accountability in the use of fisheries and aquatic resources; f) Provide consistent and substantial support in terms of financial, tech-
Section 4 – DEFINITION OF TERMS – As used in this Ordinance the following terms shall operationally mean: 1. Anadromous species – are species that spend most their lives in marine water and ascend to freshwater areas at certain period to spawn or breed, example: salmon and shads. 2. Appropriate Fishing Technology – adaptable technology both fishing and ancillary industries that are ecologically sound, locally source-based and labor intensive.
materials fenced with split bamboo matting or wire matting with one or more enclosures, usually with easy entrance but difficult exit, and with or without leaders to direct the fish to the catch chambers, purse or bags.
26. Fishing – is the taking of fishery species from their wild state or habitat with or without the use of fishing boat / vessel. 27. Fishpond - a land-based facility enclosed with earthen or stone material to impound water for growing fish. 28. Fish Pen – an artificial enclosure constructed within a body of water for culturing fish and fishery/aquatic species made up of poles, screen and/ or nylon nettings to prevent the escape of fish. 29. Fishing Boat - any watercraft exclusive used for fishing.
3. Aquaculture – fishery operations involving all forms of raising and culturing fish and other fishery species in fresh, brackish and marine water areas.
30. Fishing Gear - any instrument or devise and its accessories utilized in taking fish and other fishery species.
4. Aquatic Pollution – the introduction by human or machine directly or indirectly, of substances or energy to the aquatic environment which result or is likely to result in such deleterious effects as to harm living and non-living aquatic resources, pose potential and/or real hazard to human health, hindrance to aquatic activities such as fishing and navigation, including dumping/ disposal of waste and other marine litters, discharge or petroleum or residual products of petroleum or carbonaceous materials/substances and other radioactive, noxious or harmful liquid, gaseous or solid substances, from any water, land and/or air transport or other human made structure. Deforestation, unsound agricultural practices such as the use of banned chemicals, intensive use of artificial fish feeds, and wetland conversion that cause similar hazards and deleterious effects shall constitute aquatic pollution.
a) Active-destructive ﬁshing gears – are those that which the method of catching fish is effected by towing, pushing, scaring and pounding while the fishing gear or net is in the seabed, which cause destruction and degradation of, and are detrimental to fish habitats or ecosystems in certain fishing area/ground. Example: Trawl, Danish Seine, Beach seine, Push net (mechanized or manual), Drive-in net (or Moro-ami).
5. Aquatic Resources – includes all fish, all other aquatic flora and fauna and other living resources of the aquatic environment, including but not limited to salt and corals. 6. Auxiliary Invoice – a document issued as a permit to transport fish and other fisher/aquatic product from this municipal to the place of destination or market. 7. Catadromous species – are species that spend most their lives in fresh water and go to the sea at certain period to spawn or breed, like eels. 8. Coastal Area / Zone - is a bond of dry land and adjacent ocean space (water and submerged land) in which terrestrial processes and uses directly affect oceanic processes and uses, and vise-versa its geographic extent may include areas within a landmark limit of one (1) kilometer from the shoreline at high tide to include mangrove swamps, brackish water ponds, nipa swamps, estuarine rivers, sandy beaches and other areas within a seaward limit of 200 meters isobath to include coral reefs, mudflats, sea grass beds and other soft bottom area.
b) Selective Active ﬁshing gears - are those that which the method of catching fish is effected by lifting, encircling and closing the bottom of the fishing gear or net without touching the seabed, and do not cause the destruction and degradation of fish habitats in certain fishing area/ground. Example: Ring net, Round-haul Seine, Bag net (mobile), New look (stationary bag net). c) Selective Passive ﬁshing gears - are those that which the catching of fish is effected by hooking, entangling, and entrapping. Example: Hook and line, Multiple Hand line, Long line, Jigger, bottom set and drift gill nets, Crab and fish pots, and other gear of similar method of fish catching. d) Non-selective Passive ﬁshing gears - are those that which the catching of fish is effected by guiding, filtering, and trapping. Example: Filter nets, fish corrals, and other gear of similar method of fish catching. 31. Fishing Boat and Gear License – a permit to operate specific type of fishing boat/gear for specific duration in areas within municipal waters for demersal or pelagic fishery resources. 32. Fishing License – a permit issued to take, gather, extract and utilize fishery resources of the municipality. 33. Fishing Permit – a document issued to license holders engaging in fishing using particular fishing gear and/or boat or engaged in any fisheries activities within the municipality
9. Coastline – the edges of the mainland where the shore and seawater met.
34. Fish Sanctuary – a designated area within the municipal waters where fishing and other human activities are prohibited.
10. Commercial ﬁshing - the taking of fishery species by passive or active gear for trade, business or profit or beyond sports fishing with the use of fishing boat of 3.1-10.0 gross tons.
35. Fish Shelter – a fish-aggregating device consisting of a floating raft anchored by a weighted line with suspended materials such as palm fronds to attract pelagic and schooling species common in deep waters.
11. Compressor – is an assembly of motor engine and air tank where the air is being exhaust and supplied to the diver underwater through a long hose attached to the compressor tank while the motor engine is functioning running.
36. Fishing with Explosives – the use of dynamite, other explosives or other chemical compounds that contains combustible elements, or ingredients that upon ignition by friction, concussion, percussion, or detonation of all or parts of the compound, will kill, stupefy, or render unconscious any fishery species. It also refers to the use of any other substance and/or device which causes an explosion that is capable of producing the said harmful effects of any fishery species and aquatic resources and capable of damaging and altering the natural habitat.
12. Corals – the hard calcareous substance made up of the skeleton of marine coelenterate polyps, which include reefs, shelves, and atolls or any of the marine coelenterate animals living in colonies where their skeletons form a stony mass. They include: (a) skeletons of anthozoan coelenterates characterized as having a rigid axis of compact calcareous or horny spicules, belonging to the genus Corallium represented by the red, pink and white corals which are considered precious corals; (b) skeletons of anthozoan coelenterates characterized by horny axis such as the anti-patharians represented by the black corals which are considered semi-precious corals; and (c) ordinary corals which are of any kind of corals that are not precious or semi-precious. 13. Corals Reef - a natural aggregation of coral skeleton, with or without living polyps occurring in inter tidal and sub-tidal marine waters. 14. Danish Seine – refers to a fishing gear locally known as Hulbothulbot, pahulbot, pasangko, palusot, liba-liba, consisting of a conical shaped net with a pair of wings, the ends of which are connected to two ropes with plastic strips or any similar materials to serve as scaring or herding device with hauling ropes passing through a metallic ring permanently attached to a tomweight (linggote), and the mouth opening of the net closes when hauled into a fishing boat through the principle of zipper. 15. Demarcated Area/s - is an area assigned exclusively for certain specified and limited uses such as mussel farming, fish corrals, fixed and passive gears, and for fry or fingerling gathering. 16. Electro-ﬁshing - the use of electricity generated by batteries, electric generators and other source of electric power to kill, stupefy, disable or render unconscious to fishery species, whether or not the same are subsequently recovered. 17. Endangered, Rare and/or Threatened Species - aquatic plants, animals including some varieties of corals and sea shells in danger of extinction as provided for in existing fishery laws, rules and regulations or in the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and in the Convention of the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) of Flora and Fauna. 18. FARMC – Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council. 19. Fine mesh nets - net with mesh size of less than three centimeters (3 cm) measured between two opposite knots of a full mesh when stretched or as otherwise determined by the appropriate government agency.
37. Fishing with Obnoxious or Poisonous Substances - the use of any substance, plant extracts or juice thereof, sodium cyanide and or cyanide compound or other chemicals either in a raw or processed form, harmful or harmless to human beings, which will kill, stupefy or render unconscious to any fishery species and aquatic resources and capable of damaging and altering the natural habitat. 38. Food Security – refers to any plan, policy or strategy aimed at ensuring adequate supplies of appropriate food at affordable prices. It may be achieved through self-sufficiency (i.e. ensuring adequate food supplies from domestic production), through self- reliance (i.e. adequate food supplies through a combination of domestic production and importation) or through pure importation. 39. Gravid Crab – are pregnant crabs or those crabs carrying fertilized eggs. 40. Mangroves – a community of inter-tidal plants including all species of trees, shrubs, vines and herbs on coasts, swamps or border of swamps. 41. Municipal Fisher folks – persons who are directly or indirectly engaged in municipal fishing and other related activities. 42. Migratory Species - refers to fishery species, which in the course of their life could travel from freshwater to marine water or vise-versa, or any marine species that travel over great distance in water of the ocean as part of their behavioral adaptation for survival and speciation. 43. Monitoring, Control and Enforcement a. Monitoring – for monitoring fisheries, this may include long-term observation of: 1) fishing effort which can be expressed by the number of days or hours of fishing, number of fishing gears and number of fishers; 2) characteristics of fishery resources; and 3) resource yields or catch. b. Control - the regulatory conditions (legal framework) under which the exploitation, utilization and disposition of the resources may be conducted.
20. Fish cage - refers to an enclosure which is either stationary or floating made up of nets or screens fastened together and installed in the water with opening at the surface or covered and held in a place by wooden/bamboo posts or various types of anchors and floats.
c. Enforcement – refers to the activity of ensuring that fishery laws, rules and regulations, and ordinances are complied with, and that violations thereof are appropriately penalized. This necessary includes surveillance, which refers to the degree and types of observations required to maintain compliance with regulations.
21. Fish corral or “Baklad” - a stationary weir or trap devised to intercept or capture fish consisting of rows of bamboo stakes, plastic nets, and other
44. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – an agency, institution, foundation or a group of persons whose purpose is to assist people’s organi-
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 zation / association in various ways including but not limited to, organizing, education, training, research and/or resource accessing. 45. Person – natural or juridical entities such as individual, association, partnership, cooperatives and corporation accredited by this municipality and registered under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. 46. Ring Net – is long and narrow net, which has a bunt in the center as catching part corresponding to a bag. This is being operated at night with the aid of light to attract fish, and daytime with or without the use of fish shelters (payao or arong). Surrounding and closing the bottom of the net by means of pursing line passed through the rings attached to the sinker line effect the catching of fish. 47. Sea farming – the stocking of natural or hatchery produced marine plants or animals under controlled conditions for purposes of rearing and harvesting, but not limited to commercially important fishes, mollusks (like as pearl and giant clam culture) including seaweeds and sea grasses. 48. Seaweed – brown algae locally known as “goso” of the genus Eucheuma and Kappaphycus that is cultured in the seawater through the application of different methods and techniques, which is a source of Carrageenan used as stabilizer, gelling agent, thickener, binder, additive, etc. 49. Sabalo – the reproductively mature grown milkfish (bangus) usually measuring more than 60 centimeters in length from the tip of its mouth to the extreme end of the caudal fin or tail. 50. Super light – also called magic light, is a type of light using halogen or metal halide bulb, which may be located above the sea surface or submerged in the water. It consists of a ballast, regulator, electric cable and socket. The source of energy comes from a generator, battery, or dynamo coupled with the main engine. 51. Trawl - an active fishing gear consisting of a bag shaped net with or without otter boards to open its mouth opening which is dragged or towed along the bottom or through the water column to take fishery species by straining them from the water, including all variations and modifications of trawls (bottom, middle and baby trawls) and tow nets. ARTICLE – II THE MUNICIPAL WATERS AND MUNICIPAL JURISDICTION Section 5 – MUNICIPAL WATERS – The municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall comprise of all the marine waters within the territorial jurisdiction thereof, which includes the marine waters enclosed by the various lines connecting the points and parallel to the general coastline including offshore islands delineated/delimited pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 17, Series of 2001. . Section 6 – MARINE WATERS – The municipal marine waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall be comprised of the waters enclosed within the following geographic coordinates, as determined pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 17-2001, which shall be agreed upon by the Local Chief Executives of affected and concerned adjacent/opposite municipalities through a Memorandum of Understanding signed during a consultative meeting. The municipality shall adopt through an Ordinance, any delineated municipal water agreed by all concerned. Section 7 – CLASSIFICATION OF MUNICIPAL MARINE WATERS – The municipal marine waters of Zumarraga, Samar are hereby divided and classified into the following major zones: a) b) c) d)
Municipal Fishing Zone Mariculture Zone Fish Refuges/Fish Sanctuaries Navigational Lanes
Section 8 – MUNICIPAL FISHING ZONE/AREA – The Municipal Fishing Zone shall be comprised of all waters within the municipal marine waters designated primarily for this purpose. Section 9 – MARICULTURE ZONE – The Local Government Unit of Zumarraga, Samar shall declare a portion or portions of its municipal waters as may be necessary for this purpose, which shall be done in accordance with existing fishery laws, rules and regulations, and upon recommendation from appropriate and concerned national government agencies. Provided, that nothing in this section shall be interpreted to justify the construction of structures that pose obstruction to navigation, the flow and ebb of tides, or the migration paths of fish and other aquatic species. Section 10 – FISH REFUGES/SANCTUARIES – The Local Government Unit of Zumarraga, Samar shall declare a portion or portions of its municipal waters as Fish Refuges/Sanctuary areas as may be necessary, which shall be done in accordance with existing fishery laws, rules and regulations, and upon recommendation from appropriate and concerned national government agencies. Provided, if the municipality has already an existing one, the Sanggunian may by appropriate ordinance and upon recommendation of and in consultation with the FARMC, establish additional Fish Refuges/Sanctuaries as may be necessary. All fishing activities are prohibited within the Fish Refuges/Sanctuaries. No license shall be interpreted to justify any form of fishing activity within the designated Fish Refuges/Sanctuaries. Section 11 – DEMARCATED FISHERY AREAS – The municipality shall establish some demarcated fishery areas as may be necessary, which shall be done in accordance with existing fishery laws, rules and regulations, and upon recommendation from appropriate and concerned national government agencies. Within these areas, the cooperatives or associations of resident municipal fisher folks shall be given priority and preference in the grant of licenses, or other exclusive rights for fish capture, mariculture, or fish farming. They shall likewise be entitled to exercise such other privileges as may be identified pursuant to the provisions of the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Management Plan of this municipality, and this Ordinance. Section 12 – NAVIGATIONAL LANES – The municipality shall establish the portion of its municipal waters as navigational lanes for the transport of passengers and commodities of commercial vessels, which shall be done in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations, and upon recommendation from appropriate and concerned national government agencies. Section 13 – MARKING OF MAJOR ZONES – The Office of the Municipal Agriculturist in collaboration with the Municipal Engineer’s Office and MFARMC shall mark the boundaries of the foregoing zones using appropriate, easily-available materials and methods such as color-coded flags, coastal markers and buoys. Such markings shall be publicized and disseminated to the concerned members of the population of the municipality. Section 14 – JURISDICTION OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT – The municipality shall exercise jurisdiction over its municipal waters as
ORDINANCE herein defined. In consultation with the FARMC, shall be responsible for the management, conservation, development, utilization and disposition of all fish and other fishery/aquatic products within its territorial jurisdiction, and enact other appropriate ordinance for the purpose in accordance with the national fisheries policies. ARTICLE – III UTILIZATION, MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT, CONSERVATION AND ALLOCATION SYSTEM OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES Section 15 – USE OF THE MUNICIPAL WATERS – The use, utilization, and exploitation of fishery and aquatic resources in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall be reserved exclusively for municipal fisher folks. Provided, however, that other activities such as but not limited to research and survey activities may be allowed under strict condition for purely research, scientific, technological and educational purposes: Provided further, that prior to the conduct of such activity a permit has been secured from the Local Chief Executive in consultation with the Municipal FARMC. Section 16 – USERS OF THE MUNICIPAL WATERS – All fisheries related activities in municipal waters as defined in this Ordinance shall be utilized by municipal fisher folk and their cooperatives/association that are listed as such in the Municipal Fisherfolks Registry of this municipality. Provided, however, the Local Chief Executive in consultation with the FARMC and upon evaluation and recommendation by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist may allow or authorize the entry and operation of nonresident fisher folks within the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar equivalent to a maximum of 10% of the total resident fisherfolks. Provided further, that non-resident fisherfolk should only use fishing gears that are allowed or prescribed in this Ordinance and can only operate after a fishing permit has been secured. Section 17 – FISHING GEARS AND FISHERIES-RELATED ACTIVITIES ELIGIBLE FOR LICENSING AND PERMIT – For the proper utilization, conservation and management of the municipal waters, and after consultation with the Municipal FARMC, the fishing activities that shall be allowed and/ or authorized to operate within the fishing zones of this municipality are as follows:
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hook and line fishing in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall be allowed only in areas two-kilometer distance from the coastline or from any designated fish sanctuaries. Provided, that the establishment of fish shelters in the municipal marine water fishing zone for Baby ring net operation (using fishing boat of less than 3 gross tons) shall be allowed only in areas more than two (2) kilometers from the coastline and must have a distance of at least 200 m from another fish shelter; Provided further, that the installation/establishment of such fish shelter/s should be done only after the issuance of the necessary license or permit issued by this municipality. Provided finally, that installation/establishment of fish shelters or fish aggregating devices shall not be allowed along designated navigational lanes of this municipality. Section 20 – INSTALLATION, ESTABLISHMENT AND/OR CONSTRUCTION OF FISH CORRALS – The installation, establishment and/or construction of fish corrals (Buno-an) in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall only be allowed and/or permitted in designated demarcated fishery areas allocated for this purpose; provided however, that each fish corral should have a distance of at least 200m from each other regardless of their ownership. Provided, that the establishment of fish corrals shall not be allowed within 100m from mangroves and fish sanctuaries. Provided further, that installation, establishment and/or construction of fish corrals should only be made after a license and/or permit issued by this municipality, has been secured. Section 21 – INSTALLATION, ESTABLISHMENT AND/OR CONSTRUCTION OF OYSTER AND MUSSEL FARMS, AND FISH PEN/ CAGES – The installation, establishment and/or construction of oyster and mussel farms, and fish cages in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar shall only be allowed and/or permitted in mariculture zones allocated and designated for this purpose; provided however, that establishment of these projects shall have the following distance: Kind of Project
Oyster Farm Mussel farm Fish pen Fish cages
Distance to another project 100 m from another farm owned by another operator, 25 m if owned by the same operator 100 m from another farm owned by another operator, 25 m if owned by the same operator 100 m from another farm owned by another operator, 25 m if owned by the same operator 50 m from another farm owned by another operator, may be compressed if owned by the same operator
A. Fishing gears/nets 1. Hook and line (Pangawil) 9. Sardine gill net (Largareti) 2. Multiple hand line (Paundak) 10. Drift gill net (Palutaw) 3. Long line (Kitang) 11. Encircling gill net (Barangayan) 4. Fish/Squid Pot (Bobo) 12. Baby ring net (Ligkop / Tambog) 5. Crab Pot (Timing o Panggal) 13. Fish corral (Buno-an) 6. Crab Lift net (Bintol) 14. Troll line (Sibid-sibid) 7. Bottom set gill net (Palubog) 15. Squid jigger (Pag-sanit) 8. Spear fishing (Pan mana) B. Use of Fishing accessories: 1. Pressure lamps Petromax o Gral 2. Fish Shelter Arong 3. Compressor for Ring Net Fishing Compressor gamit ha Ligcop o Kubkuban C. Mariculture/Aquaculture activites 1. Seaweed culture (Paggoso-an o Paglato) 2. Fish cages (Pag-hawla hin isda) 3. Mussel culture (Pagtahongan) 4. Oyster culture (Talabahan) 5. Fish/Crab Pen (Pag-tangkal hin isda o masag) 6. Aqua-silvi culture (Pagpadako hin alimango ha kamayapi-an o kaatunggan) D. Other Fishing Activities 1. Commercial Gathering of Jellyfish - Panbudol 2. Commercial Gathering of Shellfish like Rock shell, Undulated surf clam, Window pane shell, Abalone, Fan shell, Oyster, Wing shell, Spider contch, etc - (Panguha hin pangtion sugad han Sisi Mayahini, Tipay, Kapis, Lapas, Aba-aba, Karangkarangan, 3. Gathering of fish Fry/Juvenile and other species like milkfish, grouper, crabs, etc. - Panguha hin similya hin isda sugad han bangus, tingag, masag, og iba pa. 4. Commercial gathering of wild seaweed (Caulerpa) - Panguha hin Lato
E. Operation of Fish Processing Plants and for fishery related establishment: 1. Jellyfish processing (Budolan) 2. Fish Drying (Bularan hin isda) 3. Fish Salting (Budohan) 4. Fish Smoking (Tapahan) 5. Fish fermentation (Patisan) 6. Breeding and Hatcheries for fish and other fishery/aquatic species (Pabunayan og pahimsa-an hin bunay han isda ug iba pa nga produkto ha kadagatan)
Section 25 – BAN ON THE GATHERING, TAKING, CATCHING AND/ OR COLLECTION OF AQUARIUM OR ORNAMENTAL FISH - The catching, collection, taking and/or gathering or cause to be caught, taken or gathered aquarium and other ornamental fish or similar fishery species enumerated below is prohibited in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar.
Section 18 – BAN ON THE OPERATION OF NON-ELIGIBLE FISHING GEARS AND FISHERIES ACTIVITIES – The use and operation of the following fishing gears and other fisheries related activities are strictly not allowed in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar: English name Local name 1. Trawl - Galadgad 2. Danish seine - Pahulbot, Palusot, Liba-liba 3. Purse Seine - Pangulong 4. Beach seine - Baring o Bahan 5. Extraction of corals for any purpose - Panguha hin bagangbang para hin bisan ano nga paggamit 6. Use of Explosives, Electric, Obnoxious and Poisonous substances - Paggamit hin badil, kuryente, ngan hilo ha pangisda 7. Use of Super lights - Mapawa kaupay nga bombilya. 8. Drive-in net - Moro-ami, Lintig, Paaling 9. Stationary Lift net - Saprahan 10. Filter net - Jacos 11. Trap nets - Pahubas Section 19 – INSTALLATION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF FISH SHELTERS – The establishment and/or installation of fish shelters (Arong) for
Provided further, that installation, establishment and/or construction of oyster/mussel farms and fish cages should be allowed only after a license and/or permit issued by this municipality, has been secured. Section 22 – REGULATION ON THE TAKING, CATCHING, SELLING AND POSSESSION OF JUVENILE, UNDERSIZED, AND GRAVID CRABS - No person shall be allowed or permitted to capture, take, gather, sell and sell in the territorial jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar crabs with size of less than twelve (12) centimeters carapace length. Mere possession of dead undersize and/or gravid crab shall constitute a prima facie case. Provided, however, that catching of live undersize and juvenile crabs for local culture and grow-out purposes shall be allowed or permitted only if a person has secured the necessary fishery license. Any person found violating this provision shall be fined in the amount of not less than Five Hundred Pesos (PhP500.00) and confiscation of the product. Section 23 – REGULATION ON THE USE OF PRESSURE LAMPS No person shall be allowed or permitted to fish within the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar using more than four (4) units of pressure lamps with more than six (6) mantles. Any fisherfolk found violating this Section will be subjected to a fine of Five Hundred Pesos (PhP500.00) per excess pressure lamp/s and confiscation of the same fishing accessory. Section 24 – USE OF FINE MESH NETS - It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the catching, taking, collecting and capturing fish in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar using fishing net with mesh size of less than three (3) centimeters measured between two (2) opposite knots of a full mesh when stretched. Provided, that this prohibition on the use of fine mesh net shall not apply to the gathering of fry, fingerlings, juveniles and other fish species which by their nature are small but already matured; provided, however, that the use fishing gears for fish fry collection/gathering shall only be allowed during peak seasons of the target species, but shall only be limited within the designated fishery area (for fry gathering); provided further, that fishing gears like baby ring net may use fishing net with mesh size of 1.9 centimeters (17 Knots), and 2.34 centimeters (14 Knots) for fish corrals. Any fisherfolk found violating this provision shall be subjected to a fine of Two Thousand Five Thousand Pesos (PhP2,500.00) and forfeiture of the fishing paraphernalia or an imprisonment from thirty (30) days to six (6) months or both, such fine and imprisonment depending upon the discretion of the court; provided further, that if the fishing gear is not being owned by the fisherfolk-violator, the owner shall be subjected to the same penalties.
English Name Scientific Name Local Name Spot-banded Butterfly fish Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Alibangbang Philippine Chevron Butterfly fish Chaetodon xancthurus Alibangbang Racoon Butterfly fish Chaetodon lunula Alibangbang Chaetodon baronessa Alibangbang Speckled Butterfly fish Chaetodon citrenellus Alibangbang Spot fin Butterfly fish Chaetodon ocellicaudus Alibangbang Ornate Butterfly fish Chaetodon ornatissimus Alibangbang Philippine Butterfly fish Chaetodon adiergastos Alibangbang Latticed Butterfly fish Chaetodon rafflesoo Alibangbang Pyramid Butterfly fish Hemataurichthys polylepis Alibangbang Long-nose Butterfly fish Forcipiger flavissimus Alibangbang Moorish idle Zanclus cornutus Alibangbang Saddleback clownfish Ampheprion polymnus Bantay kibot Clark’s Anemone fish Ampheprion clarkii Bantay kibot Black Anemone fish Ampheprion melanopus Bantay kibot False Clown Anemone fish Ampheprion ocellaris Bantay kibot Yellow chromis Chormis analis Palata Bicolor Chromis Chormis margaritifer Palata White-tailed damsel fish Chormis xanthura Palata Sergeant major Abudefduf vaigiensis Palata Keyhole Angelfish Centropyge tibicen Adlo Multi-barred Angelfish Centropyge multifasciatus Adlo Bicolor Angelfish Centropyge bicolor Adlo Vermiculated Angelfish Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus Adlo Three-spot Angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus Adlo Regal Angelfish Pygoplites diphreutes Adlo Semicircle Angelfish Pomacanthus semicirculatus Adlo White-checked surgeon fish Acanthurus nigricans Labahita Schooling Bannerfish Heniochus diphreutes Many-spotted sweetlips Plectorhincus chaetodonoides Lipti
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Ragged-finned firefish Orange-banded Coralfish
Pterois antennata Coradion chrysozonus
Provided, that selling of aquarium or ornamental fish species within the territorial jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar shall be allowed only if the operator/owner of the establishment has secured the necessary permit from this municipality; provided finally, that every fisher folk who is found catching, collecting, taking, and gathering aquarium and/or ornamental fish species shall be subjected to a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (PhP2,500.00) and the confiscation of the caught, gathered, and/or collected aquarium or ornamental fish and other fishery species including the confiscation/ forfeiture of fishing boat and paraphernalia or an imprisonment of six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment depending upon on the discretion of the court. Provided; that the Local Chief Executive may impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. Section 26 – AQUACULTURE OPERATIONS IN THIS MUNICIPALITY – Fisherfolks and their cooperatives or associations shall be allowed to operate an aquaculture venture within the designated aquaculture zone only if he/ she has an aquaculture operator’s license issued by this municipality; provided that such license shall be issued to any fisherfolk and their cooperatives or associations to occupy an area within the designated aquaculture zone of this municipality for aquasilvi culture purposes only; provided however, that the issuance of such aquaculture operator’s license shall not be construed as an authority to cut mangrove trees and/or convert mangroves into fishpond. Section 27 – ALLOCATION AND LIMITATIONS OF FISHERY RESOURCES FOR FISHING AND MARICULTURE PURPOSES IN FISHERY MANAGEMENT AREAS– The municipal government of Zumarraga, Samar has come-up with a system to rationalize the allocation and/or distribution of the fisheries resources for mariculture purposes within its territorial jurisdiction. To ensure accessibility of every priority fisher- folk, the hereunder resource allocation system must be strictly followed: For fish corral establishment:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to establish a maximum of 2-units only; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 5-units only
For seaweed culture:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 1,000 square meters only; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 50,000 square meters (or 5 hectares) A 10,000 square meters (or 1 hectare) shall be allocated or reserved for government projects;
For mussel culture:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to occupy an area of only 2,000 square meters per site; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 50,000 square meters (or 5 hectares) A 10,000 square meters (or 1 hectare) shall be allocated or reserved for government projects;
For oyster culture:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to occupy an area of only 500 square meters per site; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 2,000 square meters. A 500 square meters shall be allocated or reserved for government projects;
For fish cages operation:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 500 square meters only; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 2,000 square meters (or 5 hectares) A 1,000 square meters shall be allocated or reserved for government projects;
For fish/crab pen operation:
Each individual licensee shall be allowed to occupy an area of only 2,500 square meters per site; Partnership, corporation, association, and cooperatives shall be allowed to occupy an area of not more than 50,000 square meters (or 5 hectares) A 1,000 square meters shall be allocated or reserved for government projects;
Section 28 – OPERATIONS OF FISH PROCESSING PLANTS AND/ OR ESTABLISHMENTS – Fishery license and/or permit for the operation of fish processing plants and/or establishment shall only be issued, in consultation with and upon recommendation by the Municipal FARMC and presentation of the Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by concerned agency. Section 29 – UNAUTHORIZED FISHING OR ENGAGING IN OTHER UNAUTHORIZED FISHERY ACTIVITY - No person shall exploit, occupy, produce, breed, culture, capture and/or gather fish/fry/fingerlings of any fishery species or engage in any fishery activity within the territorial jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar without a license or permit duly issued and approved by the Local Chief Executive of this municipality. Any fisher folk who is found capturing, culturing, in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar where he has no license or permit issued by this municipality shall constitute a prima facie presumption that the person and/or boat is engaged in unauthorized fishing; Provided, that fishing for daily food sustenance or for leisure may be allowed only if a fisher folk has secured a permit approved by the Local Chief Executive of this municipality; Every fisherfolk committing such violation shall be punished by confiscation of catch and a fine of One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP1,500.00). Section 30 – REGULATION ON THE USE OF AIR COMPRESSORS IN FISHERY ACTIVITIES – The use of compressor in fishing may be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar. Provided, that compressor as fishing accessory shall only be allowed for Baby Ring Net fishing during day time with the use of fish shelter gathering of sea cucumber, and other benthic organism, and for educational, scientific or research-related activities purposes or to untangle or retrieve fishing nets and gears trapped underwater. Provided, further that the FLET shall have evaluated the legality of its use and the units of which have been registered with this municipality; provided finally, that the use of air compressor units in illegal fishery activity shall be subjected to confiscation. Users of air compressors for registration shall also submit a medical certificate attesting to his physical condition and fitness to use the said fishing accessory or apparatus. Section 31 – RESTRICTION OF COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATION USING SPECIFIC ACTIVE FISHING GEARS – The operation of all forms of commercial fishing using a fishing gear listed in Section 18 hereof
ORDINANCE are banned in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar. Any commercial fishing boat captain and/or master fisherman, machinist and other fishing crews who committed the above prohibited act shall be subjected to penalty equivalent to the value of catch or Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per crew member whichever is higher, and imprisonment of six (6) months, confiscation of catch and fishing gears, and recommend to BFAR for revocation of license. ARTICLE – IV MANAGEMENT OF CONTIGUOUS FISHERY RESOURCES Section 32 – PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF CONTIGUOUS FISHERY RESOURCES – The Local Government Unit of Zumarraga, Samar shall participate in the management of Maqueda Bay, Samar Sea and adjoining waters that straddles several Local Government Units, which shall be done in an integrated manner and shall not be based on political subdivisions of municipal waters in order to facilitate their management as single resource system; provided, that through the Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (IFARMC) established under Section 76 of RA 8550, which serves as the venues for close collaboration among LGUs, all fishery management efforts of this municipality shall be coordinated with other affected municipalities to achieve the objectives of integrated fishery resource management. Section 33 – MANDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP TO MAQUEDA BAY OR SAMAR SEA MANAGEMENT COUNCIL – In order for this municipality to achieve its goals for an integrated fishery resource management and as a requisite to participate in the resource-sharing and decision-making, the Local Government Unit of Zumarraga, Samar shall be mandated to become a member-LGU of the Samar Sea Management Council; provided, that the membership and participation of this municipality on all discussions in the Council shall be represented by the Local Chief Executive or his authorized representative. Section 34 – SUPPORTS TO THE MAQUEDA BAY AND THE SAMAR SEA MANAGEMENT COUNCILS – The Local Government Unit of Zumarraga, Samar shall provide support or share its resources in terms of personnel, financial, expertise for the protection, conservation, and management of the contiguous fisheries and resources of Maqueda Bay and Samar Sea and adjoining waters; provided, that supports to the area management council shall be endorsed by the Sangguniang Bayan.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 rangay FARMC to the Municipal FARMC. The Municipal FARMC shall then submit the same to the Municipal Mayor through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist for reference; provided further that no fee shall be collected or charged for this registration. The Chairman of the Barangay FARMC shall further endorse any subsequent amendments to such registry or list; provided finally that copies of this registry shall be furnished the following agencies for their information and dissemination on or before January of each year. - Municipal Treasurer’s Office - Municipal Agriculture Office - SB Chairman on Agriculture and Fisheries - Chief of Police - Municipal FARMC - Barangay FARMCs - One (1) copy to be posted in conspicuous place of barangay hall The Registry of Municipal Fisherfolks shall be updated regularly or as may be necessary, and shall be posted in conspicuous location of barangay hall where it shall be open for public inspection and validation of its correctness and completeness. Section 43 – REGISTRATION FOR THE DOCUMENTATION OF MUNICIPAL BOATS – Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order Number 305 entitled “Devolving to Municipal and City Governments the Registration of Fishing Vessels Three (3) Gross Tons below”, all fishing boats within the territorial jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar shall be subjected to re-admeasurement and be entered in the registry. The registration of such fishing boats shall be done annually and shall be subjected to the following fees and schedules. Non-motorized boats…………………………………… PhP
Motorized boats propelled by: 5HP below ………………………………………..
6HP – 16HP ……………………………………….
Above 16Hp ……………………………………….
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Section 44 – REQUIREMENTS ON THE REGISTRATION FOR THE DOCUMENTATION OF MUNICIPAL BOATS – The following shall be required for the registration of a municipal fishing boat in the Registry:
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a) Submission of the pertinent documents for the actual ownership of the boat;
Section 35 – MANDATE FOR THE MUNICIPAL COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT PLANNING - The Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and the Municipal Planning Development Coordinator in coordination with the Municipal FARMC and other concerned agencies, shall formulate a Municipal Coastal Resources Management and Fisheries Development Plan, which shall be the basis for the long-term development and management of the coastal fishery/aquatic resources of the municipality.
b) The boat is not, at the time of registration, the subject of and/or evidence in a pending case for violation of any fishery ordinance, laws, rules and regulations within municipal waters;
Section 36 – PLANNING CONSULTATION - Within sixty (60) days from the organization of the Municipal FARMC, the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist in collaboration with Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator shall engage in public consultation with the Barangay FARMCs in order to determine the needs, goals, objectives and programs for development and management of the coastal fishery/aquatic resources of this municipality; provided, that The results of such consultation shall be documented and consolidated for presentation to the Sanggunian through its Committee of Agriculture and Fisheries. Section 37 – FORMULATION OF THE MUNICIPAL COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT PLAN Using the results of the consultation as a guide, the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator in collaboration with the Municipal FARMC and concerned local government agencies shall, within sixty (60) days from the date of the last consultation and prior to the preparation of the budget for the next succeeding year, formulate a Municipal Coastal Resources Management and Fisheries Development Plan with the objective of making the same as an integral part of the Local Development Plan Section 38 – INTEGRATION OF MCRMF DEVELOPMENT PLAN INTO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - After completion, the Municipal Coastal Resources Management and Fisheries Development plan shall be formally submitted to the Municipal Development Council at its regular meeting; provided, that subject to appropriate adjustments in consideration of the other plans and programs of the municipality, the same shall be integrated into and form part of the Annual Local Development/Investment Plan for the following year. Section 39 – FINANCIAL/BUDGET SUPPORT FOR THE MUNICIPAL CRMFD PLAN PREPARATION – With the approval of the Municipal Mayor, the MPDC and OMA shall submit and present to the Sangguniang Bayan the Work and Financial Plan on the different activities related to the preparation of the Municipal Coastal Resources Management and Fisheries Development Plan of the municipality; provided, that one week after the approval/adoption of the SB, an amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00) shall be released through the Office of the Municipal Treasurer as funding support for the MCRMFD Plan preparation ARTICLE - VI FISHERY LICENSING Section 40 – LICENSE ESSENTIALS – No person, as defined in this Ordinance, shall be allowed to fish within the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar without a fishing license issued by this municipality. Provided, that license fees shall not be required of marginal fisher folk duly registered as such in the Registry of Municipal Fisherfolks for the purpose of fishing for personal or family consumption; Provided further, that those fishing gears and fisheries related activities explicitly enumerated in Section 17 hereof shall be presumed to be eligible for licensing and that any new gear not included herein shall be deemed to be unlicensed and illegal until otherwise expressly provided for. Section 41 – REGISTRATION AND REGISTRY OF FISHERFOLKS, BOATS AND FISHING GEAR USED, AND OTHER TYPE OF FISHERY-RELATED ACTIVITY ENGAGED IN – The Office of the Municipal Agriculturist in collaboration with the Barangay/Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils shall conduct a general registration of fisherfolks with at least six (6) months residency in this municipality who are fishing or may desire to fish and/or engaged in fishery-related activities in municipal waters for the purpose of giving preference among them, as basis of limiting entry into the municipal waters and as identification of priority municipal fisherfolks who shall be allowed to fish within the municipal waters, and monitoring fishing activities. Provided that such registration shall only include the municipal fishing boats and gears/paraphernalia used, which should not be construed as permit to fish. Section 42 – PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF MUNICIPAL FISHING BOATS AND FISHING GEAR USED – With the use of the prescribed registration form, the Barangay FARMC shall submit to the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist through the Municipal FARMC a list of all eligible municipal fisher folks, with their boats and fishing gears used who may be included in the Registry of Municipal Fisherfolks, Boats and Fishing Gears used; provided that such registry shall be endorsed by the Chairman of the Ba-
c) An inspection report showing the vessel complies with the color-coding and boat identification requirement of this city/municipality. Section 45 – COLOR-CODING AND FISHING BOAT IDENTIFICATION SCHEME– For purposes of easy identification of a registered fishing boat, all duly registered fishing boat shall be provided with plate bearing the name of the municipality and license number, painted in such a manner so as to make the fishing boat highly visible from a distance. Any fishing boat found operating within the municipal waters of this municipality and which did not comply with the prescribed color-coding and identification scheme shall be fined an amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) and impoundment if such penalty is not complied within seven (7) days. Section 46 – PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR FISHING PRIVILEGES – All fisher folk and/or persons listed in the municipal fisher folk registry shall be qualified or eligible for fishery privileges. It shall therefore be unlawful for any person not qualified under this Ordinance, to engage personally or through other person to collect/gather fish and other fishery/aquatic products within the territorial waters of this municipality. Section 47 – LICENSE, PERMITS AND FISHERY GRANTS - It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to exploit, occupy, produce, culture or gather any species of fish and other fishery products and/or engage in fishery activity within the approved by the Local Chief Executive of this municipality; provided that no territorial jurisdiction without the necessary fishing licenses and/or permit issued and licenses, permits and other similar privileges shall be granted to local fisherfolks and/or persons operating the kind of fishing gear enumerated in Section 17 hereof; provided however, that after evaluation and recommendation by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and in consultation with MFARMC fishing permits may be issued/granted to non-resident fisherfolks operating the kind of fishing gears enumerated in Section 17 hereof but not more than ten percent (10%) of the total resident fisherfolks of this municipality. All fishing licenses, permits and fishery grants from this municipality shall be issued only upon compliance of the requisites and payment of the necessary fees and other charges, and on condition that the licensee should consider himself not only as a privileged fisherfolk but also a government partner in the protection and management of the municipality’s fishery resources; provided finally, that to ensure accessibility of every fisherfolk to fisheries resources, no concession shall be issued by this municipality to any person (individual or juridical in nature). Section 48 – FISHING LICENSE AND PERMITS – Only those duly registered in the Municipal Fisher folk Registry may be issued with Fishing License; provided that non-resident fisherfolk may be issued with Fishing Permit. Fishing License/Permit may pertain to the person, boat, or gear; provided however, that in the case of gear licenses, any fishing that has newly invented or not previously used in the municipal waters shall be considered as “new gear” and shall not be presumed eligible for licensing until proven otherwise; provided further, that in case of sale or transfer of ownership of any fishing gear and fishing boats with fishing license/permit issued by this municipality, the Office of the Municipal Mayor should be notified within thirty (30) days from the date of sale or transfer of ownership; provided finally, that no fishing license shall be required of any under age person/individual and students who by circumstance are forced to become a part-time fisher folk. Section 49 – AQUA-SILVI CULTURE OPERATOR’S LICENSE – An Aquasilvi culture Operator’s License may be issued by this municipality to a person, as defined in this Ordinance, duly registered in the Registry of Municipal Fisherfolks, subject to the following conditions: 1)
The Licensee has to submit the following documents: An endorsement from the BFARMC of the barangay where the project is located or MFARMC in case no active/functional BFARMC, for aqua-silvi culture operators 2) The Licensee shall not undertake clearing or cutting of mangrove areas and shall rehabilitate any mangrove areas that are damaged by the aqua-silvi culture project; Section 50 – MARICULTURE OPERATOR’S LICENSE – Mariculture Operator’s License may be issued to a person, as defined in this Ordinance, who is listed in the Registry of Municipal Fisherfolks, subject to the following conditions: 1) The Licensee has to submit an endorsement from the BFARMC.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 2) The Licensee shall not obstruct any navigational lanes, migration path of fish species, and flow and ebb of tides; 3) The Licensee undertakes to remove all structures and improvements upon expiration of the license. Section 51 – TERM OF VALIDITY – All licenses, permits and/or fishery grants shall be non-transferable and valid for one (1) year only to take effect from the date of issuance thereof; provided, that depending on the status or condition of the fish stock of the municipal waters after evaluation and assessment by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and upon recommendation by the FARMC, the Municipal Mayor may issue or grant fishing license or permit for a term of 3-months only. Section 52 – PROCEDURES/REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE OF FISHERY LICENSES, PERMITS AND FISHERY GRANTS – The herein procedures and requirements for the application and issuance of licenses should be strictly followed and complied with: A. For fishing gears and boats 1) Secure a Certificate of Clearance/Residency from the barangay where the applicants permanently resides; 2) Secure endorsement/recommendation from the Barangay FARMC consideration of the fishing licenses application, specifying among others the eligibility of the fishing gear fishing boat to be licensed; 3) Secure from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist a Fishing Licenses application forms and submit the same to the same office for its evaluation, assessment, and consideration; 4) Personnel of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist who is in-charge in the processing of fishing licenses applications shall conduct inspection on the fishing gear/net whether it complies the applicable provisions of this Ordinance; 5) If the fishing gear/net was found eligible for licensing, the OMA personnel shall compute for the schedule of licenses fees and other charges prescribed in Section 53 hereof, and let the applicant pay at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer’s Office and secure an official receipt of the correspond fees paid; 6) The OMA personnel shall only fill-up the Fishing Licenses forms in a quadruplicate copy, when the official receipt for the payment of such fees and other charges has been presented. 7) Have the Licenses approved by the Municipal Mayor, through the recommendation of the Municipal Agriculturist, and when approved, issue the corresponding color-coded plate, and distribute the copies to the following: Original copy Duplicate copy Triplicate copy Quadruplicate copy
- Licensee - OMA and MFARMC - Office of the Municipal Treasurer - Fishery Law Enforcement Team
B. For stationary structures 1) Follow the procedures and comply the requirements prescribed in Numbers 1-7 above; 2) The technical personnel of OMA shall guide the licensee to the designated zone or demarcated fishery area where such stationary structure should be established. C. For the Operation of Fish Processing Establishment 1) Secure a Certificate of Clearance/Residency from the barangay where the applicants permanently resides; 2) Secure endorsement from the Barangay FARMC consideration of the fishing licenses application, specifying among others the eligibility of the plant to be licensed; 3) Secure from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist a Licenses application forms and submit the same to the same office for its evaluation, assessment, and consideration; 4) Personnel of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist who is in-charge in the processing of licenses applications shall advise the applicant to submit a Sanitary Permit; 5) If the proposed fishery establishment was found eligible for licensing, the OMA personnel shall compute for the schedule of licenses fees and other charges prescribed in Section 53-G hereof, and let the applicant pay at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer’s Office and secure an official receipt of the correspond fees paid; 6) The OMA personnel shall only fill-up the Fishery Licenses forms in a quadruplicate copy, when the official receipt for the payment of such fees and other charges has been presented. 7) Have the Licenses approved by the Municipal Mayor, through the recommendation of the Municipal Agriculturist, and when approved, issue the corresponding color-coded plate, and distribute the copies to the following: Original copy Duplicate copy Triplicate copy Quadruplicate copy
- Licensee - OMA/MFARMC - Office of the Municipal Treasurer - Fishery Law Enforcement Team
Section 53 – SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR LICENSE, PERMITS AND FISHERY GRANTS - Notwithstanding other fees and other charges required for the issuance, fishing licenses, permits and fishery grants shall be issued only upon payment of the fees prescribed hereunder: LICENSES FOR: ANNUAL FEES A. Application fee PhP 30.00
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12. Baby ring net (Ligkop, Tambog) ……………………… PhP 1,500.00 7) Fresh Mud crab ……………………………………………… PhP0.50/kg 13. Deep-water fish corral (Paugmad) …………………… PhP 400.00 8) Fresh mussel, oyster and other shellfish ………………… PhP 5.00/sack 15. Troll line (Sibid-sibid) ………………………………….. PhP 100.00 9) Preserved mussel meat ……………………………………. P0.20/kg 16. Squid jigger (Pag-sanit o Pan-noos)………………… PhP 150.00 10) Fresh Lato …………………………………………………. PhP 5.00/big basket D. Use of Fishing accessories: 11) Fresh Seaweed (Goso) …………………………………… PhP0.10/kg Dried Seaweed …………………………………………… PhP0.15/kg 1. Pressure lamps (Petromax)……………………………. PhP 50.00/unit 12) Dried Sea cucumber (balat) …………….……………….. PhP5.00/kg 2. Fish Shelter (Arong)…………………………………… PhP 100.00/unit 13) Dried Seahorse ………………………………………… PhP15.00+PhP1/ kg E. Mariculture activites or fraction thereof 14) Fish/Shrimp fry ………………………………………….PhP20.00/Thou1. Seaweed culture (Paggoso-an)………………………… PhP 0.20/sq. m. sand 2. Fish cages (Pag-hawla hin isda)………………………..PhP 1.00/sq. m. 15) Preserved jelly fish (budol) ………………………………. PhP0.20/kg 3. Mussel culture (Pagtahongan)…………………………. PhP 0.20/sq. m. 16) Empty shells ……………………………………………….. PhP0.10/kg 4. Oyster culture (Talabahan)…………………………….. PhP 0.20/sq. m. 17) Fermented fish (patis) ……………………………………. PhP2.00/bottle 5.Fish/Crab Pen (Pagtangkal hin isda o masag)…………PhP 0.20/sq. m. 18) Crab meat ………………………………………………….. PhP0.20/kg 19) Other kind of fishery product not specified above ……… PhP0.20/kg F. Other Fishing Activities ARTICLE – IX 1. Commercial Gathering of Jellyfish ……………….…… PhP 150.00 FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCILS 2. Commercial Gathering of Shellfish like Carpet shell, Window pane shell, Abalone, Oyster ………………….... PhP 200.00 Section 59 – CREATION OF FARMCs – FARMC shall be created/or ganized by fisherfolks in all coastal barangays and in the municipal level; 3. Fry/Juvenile gathering of fish and other species provided that the Barangay FARMC shall compose the following: like milkfish, grouper, crabs, etc. ……………………………PhP 250.00 - Brgy. Kagawad, Chairman on Agriculture Committee 4. Commercial gathering of wild seaweed (Caulerpa) ……... PhP 150.00 - Representative from the Private sector - At least eleven (11) fisher folks (which include the youth and women 5. Commercial gathering of sea cucumber (Balat) …………….. PhP250.00 sector) 6. Fish/Fishery Products Trading/Dealer (Alpor)……………….. PhP500.00 Provided further, that the Municipal FARMC shall compose the following: G. Operation of Fish Processing Plants and Establishments - SB Chairman, Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries - Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator 1. Jellyfish processing (Budolan) ……………………………….. PhP500.00 - Municipal Agricultural Officer 2. Fish Drying Plant (Bularan) …………………………………… PhP500.00 - Representative of the Municipal Development Council 3. Fish Salting Plant (Budohan) …………………………………. PhP500.00 - Representative from the private sector 4. Fish Smoking Plant (Tapahan) ……………………………….. PhP500.00 - Representative from the accredited Non-governmental Organization 5. Fish fermentation Plant (Patisan) ……………………………. PhP750.00 - At least (11) fisher folks, of whom seven (7) come from BFARMC Chairmen of municipal fisher folks, three (3) from Commercial fishers, and one (1) H. Fishing boat of 3.0 GT or less from the fish worker, youth or women sectors. 1. Non-motorized boats …………………………………………….. PhP 50.00 Section 60 – APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF OFFICE OF MUNICIPAL 2. Powered by 5HP or below ………………………………………. PhP 75.00 FARMC MEMBERS – Municipal FARMC members who are in the govern3. Powered by 6-16HP ………………………………………………PhP 100.00 ment service shall be appointed by the Municipal Mayor, while MFARMC Powered by more than 16HP ……………………………………PhP 200.00 members who are not in the government service shall be elected by and among the fisherfolks after they have been nominated and recommended by The above schedule of licenses fees, permits and other related charges their respective association/ cooperative in this municipality. Members shall are imposable during the first year of effectivity of this Ordinance; provided serve the council for a term of office of three-years. that amendments to the above schedule of fees shall be done only after consultation with Municipal FARMC; provided however, that the schedule of fees Section 61 – FUNCTIONS OF FARMC – It shall be the function and above shall depend on rates determined by this municipality. responsibility of the FARMCs to: Section 54 – PROCEDURE FOR AMENDMENT OF SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR LICENSE, PERMITS AND FISHERY GRANTS – One year after this Ordinance has took effect and every year thereafter, the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist in consultation with the Barangay and Municipal FARMCs shall evaluate the Schedule of Fees, rentals and other charges provided in Section 53 and 58 hereof and make recommendations whether the same shall be maintained or amended. Such recommendation shall be made to the Agriculture Committee of the Sanggunian and if accepted, the said committee shall request the Sanggunian to pass an Ordinance approving the new Schedule of Fees. The new fees may be collected by the Office of the Municipal Treasurer upon endorsement by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist at the beginning of next fiscal year subsequent to their approval. Section 55 – SUBMISSION OF MONTHLY FISH CAUGHT AND/OR PRODUCTION REPORT – Every fisher folk licensed in this municipality shall be required to submit a monthly fish caught report or production report for fisherfolk operating fishing boat and gears for fisher folk operating mariculture, aquaculture, and/or fish processing projects within the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality. Such reports shall be submitted to the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, which will serve as baseline information in the resource, project and program planning; provided, that fisher folk who failed to submit such required report shall be penalized under this Ordinance. ARTICLE – VII TRANSPORT OF FISH AND OTHER FISHERY/AQUATIC PRODUCTS Section 56 – TRANSPORT OF FISH AND FISHERY PRODUCTS – It shall be unlawful for any person as defined in this Ordinance, to transport fish and other fishery/aquatic products derived from the territorial jurisdiction of this municipality to domestic markets without first securing the necessary permit to transport or Auxiliary Invoice and paying the corresponding fees and other charges thereon; provided; that no auxiliary invoice shall be required for fish caught from fishing operations and fish being to other places for home consumption; provided however, that the auxiliary invoice issued by this municipality should not be construed as a permit to transport illegally caught fish and other fishery/aquatic products and species not allowed under existing laws. Section 57 – PROCEDURE IN THE ISSUANCE OF AUXILIARY INVOICE – The herein procedure shall be strictly followed in the issuance of Permit to Transport fish and other fishery/aquatic product: 1) The owner of the fish and/or fishery/aquatic products shall approach the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA) where such product should be declared; 2) Personnel of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist shall conduct inspection/validation on the volume and kind of fishery product to which an Auxiliary is being secured; 3) The owner of the fish and/or fishery/aquatic products shall approach the fisheries quarantine personnel for the inspection as to the safety of the said product for public consumption; 4) OMA personnel shall then compute the necessary fisheries fee and require its payment with the Office of the Municipal Treasurer;
B. Individual Fisheries License b.1 Municipal Fisher’s License ………………………… PhP 50.00 4) The OMA shall issue the Auxiliary Invoice only when the Official b.2 Mariculture Operator’s License …………………… PhP 250.00 Receipt for the payment of fisheries fee required is presented. b.3 Aquaculture Operator’s License ………………… PhP 300.00 C. Operation of Fishing gears/nets Section 58 – SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR THE TRANSPORT OF FISH AND OTHER FISHERY/AQUATIC PRODUCTS – Hereunder is the schedule 1. Hook and line (Pankawil) ………………………………... PhP 50.00 of fisheries fee that shall be required for the transport of fish and/or fishery/ 2. Multiple hand line (Paundak o Hiros-hiros) …………… PhP 50.00 aquatic products: 3. Long line (Kitang) ……………………………………….. PhP 100.00 4. Fish/Squid Pot (Bobo) …………………………………… PhP 10.00/unit Kind of Fishery Product Fisheries Fee 5. Crab Pot (Timing o Panggal) …………………………… PhP 2.00/unit 6. Crab Lift net (Bintol) …………………………………….. PhP 1.00/unit 1) Preserved fish (iced, frozen, dried, smoked or salted) …. PhP0.05/kg 7. Bottom set gill net (Palubog) …………………………… PhP 200.00 2) Shrimp (iced or frozen) …………………………………….. PhP0.20/kg 8. Spear fishing (Pamana) ………………………………… PhP 50.00 3) Blue crabs and Squid (iced) ………………………………. PhP0.15/kg 9. Sardine gill net (Largareti) ……………………………… PhP 200.00 4) Prawn (iced or frozen) ……………………………………… PhP0.50/kg 10. Drift gill net (Palutaw o Paanod) ……………………… PhP 200.00 5) Dried Squid ………………………………………………….. PhP1.00/kg 11. Encircling gill net (Baranggayan) …………………….. PhP 500.00 6) Dried shrimp ……………………………….………………… PhP0.20/kg
a) Formulate, proposed and submit to Barangay/Municipal Development Council a Barangay/Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Plan for its integration in the over-all Municipal Development Plan; b) Formulate and propose Ordinances and resolutions for fisheries resources management and conservation measures and submit the same to Sangguniang Bayan for consideration; c) Assist law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of fishery laws, rules and this Ordinance in coordination with local PNP; d) Evaluate and endorse application for fishing licenses, permits and fishery grants; e) Monitor and gather data in fish landing points as a basis for the formulation of management plans and policies; f) Formulate a comprehensive rehabilitation plan and conservation of municipal waters and its aquatic resources; eas;
Assist in the establishment of fishing zones and demarcated ar-
Conduct the registration of fisher folks;
i) Promote ancillary economic activities, including cooperative marketing and socio-economic services; j)
Assist in the conduct of studies and researches, and
Maintain a Registry of Municipal Fisher folks
Section 62 – APPROPRIATION FOR MFARMC OPERATIONS – An amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00), which shall be incorporated in the annual budget allocation of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist shall be appropriated for Municipal FARMC operations in carrying out its functions enumerated in Section 61 hereof. The Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Zumarraga, Samar in coordination with the MFARMC, shall prepare an annual program of activities for such budget. ARTICLE – X PROHIBITIONS AND PENALTIES Section 63 – FISHING THROUGH THE USE EXPLOSIVES, NOXIOUS AND POISONOUS SUBSTANCES AND/OR ELECTRICITY – It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to take or gather, or cause to be caught, taken or gathered fish of any fishery species in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar with the use of electricity, explosives, noxious and poisonous substances such as sodium cyanide which will kill, stupefy, disable or render unconscious to fish or fishery species, except, for research, education and scientific purposes with permit issued by this municipality. It will likewise be so unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to possess, deal in, selling in any manner fish which have been illegally caught, taken or gathered. The discovery of dynamite, other explosives and chemical compounds that contain combustible elements, or noxious/ poisonous substances, or equipment or device for electric fishing in any fishing boat or in the possession of any fisher folk, operator, fishing boat official or fish worker shall constitute a prima facie evidence that the same was used for fishing in violation of this Ordinance as follows: Mere possession of explosive, noxious/poisonous substances or electric fishing device for illegal fishing shall be punishable by imprisonment ranging from six (6) months to two (2) years; The actual use of explosive, noxious/poisonous substances or electrofishing devices for illegal fishing shall be subjected to penalties pursuant to Section 88 of Republic Act No. 8550 without prejudice to the filing of separate criminal cases when the use of the same result to physical injury or loss of human life; Dealing in, selling or any manner of disposing for profit, illegally gathered/ caught fishery species shall be punished by imprisonment ranging from six (6) months to two (2) years;
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In all cases enumerated above, the explosives, noxious/poisonous substances and electric device, as well as the fishing boat, fishing equipment and catch shall be confiscated and forfeited in favor of the municipality. Section 64 – AQUATIC POLLUTION – Aquatic pollution as defined in this Ordinance, shall be unlawful. Violation on the provision of this Section shall be punished by imprisonment of two (2) years or a fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender plus an additional fine of One Thousand Pesos (PhP1,000.00) per day per offender until such violation ceases and the fine are paid. Section 65 – BAN ON CORAL EXPLOITATION AND/OR EXTRACTION – It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to collect, gather, sell and possess ordinary, precious and semi-precious corals whether raw or in processed form in the municipal jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar; provided, that coral exploitation and/or extraction may be allowed only for educational, scientific and research purposes, but, must have prior permission from the Local Chief Executive. Any person found violating this provision shall be punished by imprisonment of two (2) years; fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per violator and confiscation or forfeiture of the subject corals, including the boats and/or vessels and paraphernalia. Section 66 – BAN ON THE CATCHING, GATHERING, TAKING OF RARE, THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES – It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to take, gather, and catch rare, threatened or endangered fishery species in the municipal jurisdiction of Zumarraga, Samar. Any person found violating this provision shall be punished by imprisonment from twelve (12) months to two (2) years or a fine from Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court, and confiscation or forfeiture of the subject fishery species. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. Section 67 – BAN ON THE USE OF SUPERLIGHT IN MUNICIPAL WATERS – It shall be unlawful for any person as defined in this Ordinance, to use super light during fishing operation in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar. A fishing boat found to have used super lights during fishing operation, the boat captain, master fisherman, and crew members including the owner/ operator who committed the above prohibited act shall be subjected to a fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per crew member, confiscation of the catch and super lights bulbs, and impoundment of fishing boat and gear used. Section 68 – BAN ON MURO-AMI OR LINTIG OTHER METHODS AND GEARS DESTRUCTIVE TO CORAL REEFS AND OTHER MARINE HABITAT - It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in this Ordinance, to fish with gear and methods that destroys coral reefs, sea grass beds, and other fishery marine life habitat as may be determined by the Municipal Agriculture Office. “Muro-ami” locally called “Lintig” and any of its variation, and such similar gear and method that require diving, other physical or mechanical acts or catching by pounding the coral reefs and other habitat to entrap or catch and other two fishery species are also prohibited. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. The operator, boat captain or master fisherman, and recruiter or organizer and fish workers who violated this provision shall suffer a penalty of one (1) month to six (6) months imprisonment and a fine of not less than Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per qualified violator or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. The catch and gear used shall be confiscated and forfeited in favor of the government. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2, 500.00) per offender. Section 69 – BAN ON THE CATCHING, GATHERING, TAKING, POSSESS AND DEALING IN OF SABALO AND OTHER BREEDERS/SPAWNERS - It shall be unlawful for any person to catch, gather, capture, or possess matured milkfish or “sabalo” and such other breeders of other fishery species as determined by the Municipal Agriculture Office; provided, that catching of sabalo and other breeders for local breeding purposes or for scientific and/or research purposes may be allowed subject to the guidelines to be promulgated by the Municipal Agriculture Office. Any person violating this provision shall be subjected to a fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) and confiscation of the catch or one (1) month imprisonment or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. Section 70 – BANNING THE USE OF ACTIVE GEAR IN THE MUNICIPAL WATERS AND BAYS AND OTHER FISHERY MANAGEMENT AREAS – It shall be unlawful to engage in fishing in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar using any kind of active fishing gears explicitly enumerated in Section 18 hereof. Each of the owner, boat captain or master fisherman and each fishing crews of the fishing vessel who violated the above prohibition shall be fined an amount Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per individual, confiscation and forfeiture of the fish catch and active fishing gear used or an imprisonment from two (2) to six (6) months at the discretion of the court.. If the owner/operator is a partnership the penalty shall be imposed on the managing partner. If the owner/operator is a corporation the penalty shall be imposed on the chief executive officer of the corporation. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. Section 71 – OBSTRUCTION TO NAVIGATION - It shall be unlawful to any person as defined in this Ordinance, to construct, establish and/or erect any stationary structure in designated navigational lanes as it impairs, hinders and obstructs the safe navigation of all sea crafts and may cause damage and/or loss of human life. Every fisherfolk found violating this provision shall be punished by imprisonment from two (2) to six (6) months or a fine of not exceeding Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. The violator shall be obliged for the immediate demolition of the permanent structures posing as obstruction to designated navigational lanes. Section 72 – OBSTRUCTION OF DEFINED MIGRATION PATHS - It shall be unlawful to any person as defined in this Ordinance, to construct, establish and/or erect any stationary structures that may obstruct any defined
ORDINANCE migration paths of anadromous, catadromous and other migratory species in areas, but not limited to river mouths and estuaries. Violators of this section shall be penalized by imprisonment from two (2) to six (6) months or a fine of not exceeding Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. The violator shall be obliged for the immediate demolition of the permanent structures posing as obstruction to the migration paths of migratory species. Section 73 – CONVERSION OF MANGROVES INTO FISHPOND AND OTHER PURPOSES – It shall be unlawful for any person to convert mangroves into fishponds or any other purposes. Violators of this section shall be subjected to an imprisonment of six (6) months or a fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00); provided, that if the area requires rehabilitation and restoration as determined by the court, the offender shall be required to restore or compensate for the restoration of the damage. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P2, 500.00) per offender. Section 74 – GATHERING, SELLING AND EXPORTING OF WHITE SAND, SILICA, PEBBLES AND OTHER SUBSTANCES – It shall be unlawful for any person to gather, sell and export white sand, silica, pebbles and other substances, which make up any marine habitat. Any person or corporation who violated this provision shall suffer a penalty of two (2) to six (6) months imprisonment and a fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) and confiscation of the item or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. The substance taken form its marine habitat shall be confiscated. Provided, that the Local Chief Executive can impose an administrative fine of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00) per offender. Section 75 – OTHER VIOLATIONS - The following fisheries activities shall be construed as violation to this Ordinance: 1) Failure to submit monthly ﬁsh caught or production report – The licensee or grantee of a fishing privilege within the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar who fails to submit his/her consolidated fish caught/ production report shall be subjected to the following penalties: a) First Offense – a fine of Fifty Pesos (PhP50.00) per unreported month; b) Second Offense – a fine of One Hundred Pesos (PhP100.00) per unreported month; and c) Third Offense – Cancellation or denial for the renewal of license, permit or grant.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 and institutions, shall establish an effective mechanisms and guidelines for monitoring, control and enforcement to ensure compliance with policies, programs and projects on conservation, protection and management of coastal and aquatic resources: Provided, however, That the municipal government, in consultation with the Municipal FARMC shall establish mechanisms and guidelines for coastal and aquatic resource monitoring, water quality monitoring and surveillance: Provided, further, That such mechanisms and guidelines shall be subjected to periodic review by the municipal government, in consultation with the Municipal FARMC. Section 80 – ENFORCEMENT OF THIS ORDINANCE – This Ordinance shall be enforced by the duly constituted authorities of the Fishery Law Enforcement Team composed of the local PNP, personnel of the Municipal Fishery Management and Licensing Unit and Fish Wardens duly deputized by the Local Chief Executive of this municipality. Seaborne patrol operations for the enforcement of this Ordinance must be performed by the composite team of the personnel of the Municipal Fishery Management and Licensing Unit, Fish Wardens and Municipal PNP personnel. Section 81 – DISPOSITION OF CONFISCATED AND/OR FORFEITED FISH CATCH, FISHING GEAR AND PARAPHERNALIA FOR VIOLATING SOME PROVISION OF THIS ORDINANCE – The municipal government through the Local Chief Executive or his/her authorized representative shall disposed in any manner the confiscated and/or forfeited fish catch for violating the Sections 22 to 23, 25, 29 to 31, 63, 65 to 70 and 74 of this Ordinance; provided, that the fish catch confiscated and/or forfeited for violating paragraph 4 and 5 of Section 63 hereof shall be properly disposed to charitable institutions; provided further; that except from the latter violation, the municipality shall have the option to sell confiscated/forfeited fish catch. Proceeds of the sales shall be deposited in the municipal treasury as trust fund. Section 82 – INCENTIVES FOR FISHERY LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM – For effective enforcement of this Ordinance, fifty percent (50%) of the total monthly proceeds from fines and penalties shall automatically be given to the members of the Fishery Law Enforcement Team (FLET) as their incentive for their effort to protect the municipal waters from illegal and destructive fishing activities. ARTICLE XII GENERAL PROVISION Section 83 – MANDATORY REVIEW – Three (3) years after the approval of this Ordinance, the Sangguniang Bayan in collaboration with the Municipal FARMC shall undertake its mandatory review or as it may deem necessary, to ensure that coastal and fisheries policies and guidelines remain responsive to the changing circumstances. ARTICLE - XIII TRANSITORY PROVISIONS
2) Obstruction to Fishery Law Enforcement Ofﬁcer – The owner, master or operator of any fishing boat, whether licensed or not, who obstructs or hinders, or cause to be obstructed or hindered, any fishery law enforcement officer to perform or discharge his duties shall be fined an amount of not exceeding Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (PhP2,500.00). In addition, the license of the fishing boat may also be cancelled at the discretion of the Local Chief Executive.
Section 84 – SECURING OF FISHERY LICENSES/PERMITS – Sixty (60) days after the approval of this Ordinance, all fisherfolks, operators of fishing boats and other fishery related activities shall have been able to secure the necessary licenses/permits for them to engage in any eligible fishery activity within the territorial jurisdiction of this municipality.
ARTICLE - XI
IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Section 85 – APPROPRIATION – The amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP150,000.00) shall be allocated to effectively carry out the provisions of this Ordinance during the first year of its implementation. The budget for the succeeding years shall not be less than the amount of the prior year’s appropriation, which shall be submitted by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist for consideration and inclusion in the Annual Investment Plan.
Section 76 – CREATION OF MUNICIPAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT AND LICENSING UNIT – For effective municipal revenue collection of fishing license fees and other charges, surcharges and penalties on the utilization of the municipal fishery/aquatic resource, a Municipal Fishery Management and Licensing Unit is hereby created in the Municipal Agriculture Office whose functions are to: 1) To undertake the processing and validation of application for fishery licenses, permits and grants; 2) Formulate the Municipal Coastal Resources Management Plan in consultation with MFARMC, BFAR and Provincial Fishery Management Unit of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. 3) Formulate measures for the approval of the Municipal Mayor and the Sangguniang Bayan, as the case may be, to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision for adequate facilities relative to coastal and fishery resource management; 4) Develop plans and strategies upon the approval thereof by the Municipal Mayor and the Sangguniang Bayan, as the case may be, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with coastal resource management and fisheries programs and projects; 5) Extend technical assistance to and ensure equitable access to municipal coastal and fisheries resources of municipal fisherfolk in the context of sustainable management and use of coastal and fisheries resources; 6) Enforce laws, administrative orders, rules and regulations, and ordinances relating to coastal resources and fisheries management; 7) Coordinate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and people’s organizations that seek to promote sustainable management of coastal and fisheries resources; 8) Be in the frontline of the delivery of basic services, particularly those needed for the survival of the inhabitants during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities; 9) Recommend to the Sangguniang Bayan and advice the Municipal Mayor, as the case may be, on all other matters related to coastal and fisheries resources to ensure the improvement of livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants. 10) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law, rules and regulations, and ordinances, or as assigned by the Municipal Mayor. Section 77 – ORGANIZATION OF MUNICIPAL FISHERY LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM - The Fishery Law Enforcement Team (FLET) of this municipality is hereby organized to be composed of Deputy Fish Wardens, the personnel of Municipal Fishery Management and Licensing Unit of the Municipal Agriculture Office and local PNP personnel. They shall be responsible for the enforcement of this Ordinance and other fishery laws applicable in the municipal waters of Zumarraga, Samar. Section 78 – DEPUTATION OF FISH WARDENS – Fisherfolks and members of fisherfolks organization/cooperatives and or association may, in writing be appointed by the Local Chief Executive as Deputy Fish Wardens of this municipality, through the recommendation of the Municipal Agriculturist, only after having undergone a training conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or by other competent agency. Section 79 – MONITORING, CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT – The municipal government, in consultation with the MFARMC and other agencies
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Section 86 – REPEALING CLAUSE – All previous ordinances, executive orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Ordinance and Republic Act No. 8550 are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. Section 87 – SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If, for any reason or reasons, any part or provision of this Ordinance shall be held unconstitutional or otherwise invalid, other parts or provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect. Section 88 – EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE – This Ordinance shall take effect fifteen (15) days after a copy hereof is posted in a bulletin board at the entrance of and in at least two (2) other conspicuous places of the municipal building and published in a newspaper of general circulation. CONCURRED: March 11, 2013
HON. ARVIN A. DACUT SB Member
HON. HERMINIO BENITO N. ASTORGA SB Member
HON. ANALYN M. OJEDA SB Member
HON. CARLITO L. VERZOSA SB Member
HON. ROMULO H. DOSAL, SR. SB Member
HON. LILIA A. LUBAO SB Member
HON. NARCISA R. ARAZA SB Member
HON. EDESIO O. VERSOZA SB Member
HON. CARLOS M. OJEDA ABC President/Ex-Officio Member
HON. JANILLE V. VILLAFLOR SK Federation President
ATTESTED BY: HON. MANUEL I. VERSOZA II Municipal Vice Mayor / Presiding Officer CERTIFIED CORRECT : MELCHOR A. ALCALA SB Secretary APPROVED: HON. MYRNA OJEDA TAN Municipal Mayor
LSDE: March 13, 20 & 27, 2013
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Camella-Leyte joins global celebration of Earth Hour TACLOBAN CITY – Camella Leyte’s employees, sales network, and business partners have joined in switching off the lights on Saturday night as part of the global celebration of Earth Hour. At exactly 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, all lights were switched off and only candles formed into number 60 and long lines of candles covered with brown kraft bags, illuminated the entire area. “All Vista Land projects nationwide simultaneously celebrated the Earth Hour as part of its thrust to help protect and rehabilitate Mother Earth,” said Camella Leyte general manager Geraldine Gascon-Garcia.
On daytime, before Earth Hour celebration, the sales team has participated physical activities, art contest, and tree planting activity in Camella Leyte second phase area. “Sales agents who joined the art contest showed their creativity in depicting Camella’s environment friendly programs,” Garcia said. Camella Leyte has been promoting green community through planting of 500 trees the Communities’ first project in Eastern Visayas located in Barangay Campetic, Palo, Leyte. More seedlings in nurseries are up for planting for the two phases of the project. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)
Bet says she won’t use character assassination in her campaign TACLOBAN CITY –The candidate for congresswoman in the lone district of Eastern Samar said she will not use character assassination in her campaign against her opponent, incumbent Rep. Ben Evardone, in the upcoming May 13, 2013 elections. This was said by Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan, who is running against Evardone for the lone congressional seat for Eastern Samar.
“I am not used on destroying other candidates personality just to win the battle during election period. Even in my previous years’ running as three-termer mayor of the municipality of Guiuan,” Kwan said. According to her, she instead would promote herself and encourage the voters to vote for her, for she would be a better representative of the province than her opponent. “Why we are here running for said position is to
Camella sales team has indulged in tree planting and art work competition depicting green community, hours before switching off of lights, to join the global celebration of Earth Hour.
deliver and provide the basic social needs of the people that we are serving. It is public service in the first place, and if it public service, we have to give it to the maximum,” she added. The candidate said she would only raise legitimate issues during the campaign period. “Having the kind of politics we have here in the Philippines, I expect to face more issues to be thrown by the other party,” Kwan said. (REY GERILLA GRADO)
LMWD regularly conducts IECs in villages under its coverage area TACLOBAN CITY— To establish effective public relations among consumers, the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) regularly conducts information and education campaigns in the barangays. Ma. Teresa Pascua, LMWD public relations officer, said the “LMWD ha Barangay” is part of the external public relations program of the agency in its effort of reaching out to all its water concessionaires so as to establish effective
public relations by bringing the water district to the communities through an interactive forum. “We visit barangays within our service area, we present concerns of the district and at the same time we receive and solicit concerns of the barangay and those of individual concessionaires in particular,” Pascua added. The forum covered presentation by LMWD of its mission, vision, office profile and services; its role in the community;
the role of communities as partners of LMWD; the national government’s agenda concerning water; and updates on the on-going Water Supply Expansion Project. During open forum, LMWD’s general manager Nestor Villasin answered queries and clarifications as well as received feedbacks, and suggestions from the barangay officials and residents on all matters and issues affecting the water district and its concessionaires.
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cepted by all parties as much as possible. Underlying all this is the attitude of charity and understanding towards others. No matter how strong we feel about views, ours or those of others—and indeed we can be strong in our views in certain situations—we should never lose this attitude of charity and understanding. To be Christian about it, what we need to do, more than just voicing out our views and positions, is to pray and offer sacrifices before, during and after expressing these views and positions. We need to understand that it’s not only reason, much less, passion, that should be mainly used in sorting out our differences. We have to use the Pascua said LMWD is targeting about 12 IECs in pre-identified barangays. During the first quarter, LMWD has visited Barangay 3-Upper Nulatula, Barangay 74-Lower Nulatula, and Barangay 94-Tigbao. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, because these are what are truly proper to us in our discussions as persons and children of God. Reason and passion without these theological virtues can get us nowhere but spiraling tension and conflict. We should see to it that our mind and heart be freed of any trace of resentment, anger and the like during and after the exchanges. We should try to avoid as much as possible illegitimate biases and prejudices, always keeping an open mind and the attitude of quickness to understand, disregard and forgive whenever some mistakes are committed by the parties involved. What should ideally happen is that greater love and understanding is achieved after the discussion, and even after one’s position is outvoted or defeated. Especially when the differences are merely matters of opinion, we should not make a big fuss as to whether who wins or who loses. We just accept what the consensus says. And even if the differences are serious matters of faith and morals, we should make sure that that such situation
does not entitle us to go against the requirements of justice and charity. While it’s true that we can employ certain techniques and tactics of persuasion that can also be strong and forceful, we should see to it that we don’t depart from the sphere of justice and charity. In fact, whenever we have to assume a strong position we have to make sure that we also are stepping up our eagerness to be most fair and charitable, only using legitimate means even if they involve inconveniences. In this regard, we have to realize more deeply that we need to be vitally identified with Christ. It’s the only way we can remain truly fair and charitable amid these sharp and painful differences. Vital union with Christ would teach us how to be patient, how to see things in the context of eternity, far from a narrow and shallow view of things and from a knee-jerk reaction to issues. It would teach us how to be merciful even as we try to go ahead with a strong and clear vision of things and do our best to win our case.
Leyte Samar Daily Express
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
MS EUROPA cruise ship anchors at Kalanggaman TACLOBAN CITY – Simply paradise is what visitors describe Kalanggaman island in Palompon, Leyte. Clear turquoise waters, white sand, clean surroundings and two sandbars at the eastern and western part of the island keep the tourists coming back over and over again. The well-maintained, free of trash island-paradise lures the guests. MS Europa, voted as one of the best luxury cruise ships in the world, recently anchored at Kalanggaman last March 20 with some 400 tourists and crew onboard. “This is the first time a cruise ship anchored at the island and we are simply overwhelmed. They planned to stay for seven hours for a “barbeque lunch”, but they stayed for 12 hours,
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until 2016. The proposed funding for 2014 is 54% higher than the 2013’s P1.84 billion allotment under the General Appropriations Act. Agricultural school Visayas State University in Baybay City has the biggest proposed budget for 2014 at P484.80 million. Other schools are also seeking higher funding support from the central government in 2014 2012. In Samar Island, these SUCs are Eastern Samar State University in Borongan City (P331.36 million); Samar State University in Catbalogan City (P202.39 million); Northwest Samar State University in Calbayog City (P160.18 million); and University and Eastern Philippines in Catarman, Northern Samar (P336.94 million). In Leyte and Biliran Island, these government-owned
longer than expected,” said Raoul Bacalla, municipal environment and natural resources and tourism officer of Palompon (MENRO). “We offered fresh buco juice (coconut juice). A festive mood prevails in the island as a cultural presentation by our local dancers welcomed the guests. We just act natural,” Bacalla said. The municipality of Palompon is overwhelmingly happy the tour organizers included Kalanggaman stressed Bacalla. MS Europa will visit four more destinations in the country including Boracay before proceeding to Hongkong and Singapore. “The cruise ship will anchor again on April in the island and that is the most interesting part, having tourists come over and
over again. The captain and crew proudly put a marker with a photo of MS Europa of being the first cruise ship that visited the island,” said Bacalla. Bacalla added that Kalanggaman is the crown jewel of the tourism hub in Northwestern Leyte. “We did selling missions of the Northwest Leyte tourism destinations the last two years. This will create a ripple effect. Opening our beautiful places to international tourists, opens doors for the tourism industry in this part of Leyte and major impact in our economy,” Bacalla said. Kalanggaman Island can be reached 45minutes by boat from Palompon which is 3 hours land trip from Tacloban City and 2 hours from Ormoc City. It is also 2 hours by boat from Cebu City. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)
SUCs are Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) in Tacloban City (P380.60 million), Leyte Normal University (LNU) in Tacloban City (P193.50 million), Palompon Institute of Technology in Palompon, Leyte (P145.87 million); Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) in Sogod, Southern Leyte (P342.24 million); and Naval State University in Naval, Biliran (P272.86 million). RDC records show that state-run schools need an additional P100 million budget at an average next year to finance construction of classrooms, procurement of equipments, and conduct researches related to RDP priorities – agribusiness, eco-tourism, and information and communication technology. Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) president Dominador Aguirre said that with many employers looking for competent workers, they need more budget to finance the acquisition of critical machinery and equipment to
augment the learning process. “We also need academic buildings for our five campuses to cater to increasing population of enrolled students,” said Aguirre, who heads a school dominated by engineering and information technology students. Evelyn Cruzada, who just ended her term as LNU president last week, said although the budget for
Photos by Raoul Bacalla SUCs have increased between 2012 to 2013, their school has to resort income generating activities to cater the growing need for higher education. SLSU president Gloria Reyes has called on for significant increase in outlay to satisfy basic needs of higher learning institutions. “Many schools don’t have basic buildings and laboratories. We have to initiate income
generating activities but our earning has been used to address basic equipment needs of schools. We want the national government to finance basic needs so we can use our income for improvements,” Reyes said. Funding support for SUCs in Eastern Visayas has increased 35% this year from P1.36 billion in 2012 to P1.84 billion, according to the National Expenditure Pro-
gram published by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in its website. The DBM said that final budget for SUCs next year will be revised after the release of budget ceiling for SUCs. However, government agencies were told to conduct budget consultation early to beat the April 15, 2013 submission deadline. (SARWELL
Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance to Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that RENATO S. TOCJAYAO (Complete name of petitioner)
has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from RENE to RENATO in the Certificate of (First name to be changed)
(New first name to be adopted)
RENE SABULAO TOCJAYAO who was born on May 12, 1972 at Tacloban City and whose parents are FLORENTINA SABULAO and ERNESTO TOCJAYAO Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 19, 2013. (Sgd.) MS. JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar LSDE: March 20 & 27, 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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plained. The program coordinator said that at present the DSWD and MPEI hired staff, who are now undergoing the identification process of the possible program beneficiary. Valdez added that
a total of one thousand families would be enrolled as the first batch recipient of this program. “This is a one year partnership that mainly aims to alleviate the condition of the poorest of the poor families, as well as prepare them to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), anoth-
DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Emelia Chuca extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte, Lot No. 10652, containing an area of 427 square meters, more or less, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-30-0023-00752; per Doc. No. 011, Page No. 4, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Eric T. de Veyra. LSDE: March 13, 20 & 27 2013
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go around town selling vegetables, fruits, shoe repairs, etc direct to customers. Twelve individuals have availed of the scheme and will continue in the next 3 more years. The out-of-school youths were also given opportunities to enhance their skills for livelihood. Some 50 students per class were trained along the lines of welding, building wiring for men, house-
EXTRAJUDICIAL DEED OF PARTITION
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Bernardo Medalla and Vicenta Obispo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over parcels of land, situated at Brgy. Bagahupi now Brgy. Silang, Babatngon, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, Agricultural land, Lot No. 2, containing an area of 53,263 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. N-2119; Parcel 2, Lot 1, containing an area of 115,016 sq.meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. 2120; Parcel 3, Lot 3, containing an area of 326,572 square meters, more or less, covered by OCT No. N-2121; Parcel 4, Lot No. 4, Plan PSU-116920, containing an area of 187,168 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. 2122; Parcel 5, Lot 5, containing an area of 523,220 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. N-2123; Parcel 6, containing an area of 217,355 square meters, more or less, Lot No. 255, under Tax Dec. No. 2925, per Certified true copy of Atty. Blanche B. Salenas, Clerk of Court. LSDE: March 13, 20 & 27 2013
keeping and food preparation and other services for women. Financial assistance was also provided to barangays on the yearly basis to help them fund barangay projects. Farm to market roads have religiously been built and maintained. Some 23 kilometers have been resurfaced and some newly opened. The partnership between the local government and KALAHI-CIDDS has already released some P16M in 12 barangays for this year’s implementation like the erecting of a hanging bridge, continuing seawall constructions, day care centers and pathwalks.
EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Roque Llegado extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcels of land, Parcel 1, designated as Lot No. 67, DARADB-ARC Mod-3, situated in Brgy. Bacubac, Basey, Samar, containing an area of 5,650 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. 23842 under Tax Dec. No. ARP No. 2740, P.I.N. 036-02-10-431; Parcel II, Lot 253, situated at Brgy. Bacubac, Basey, Samar, containing an area of 253 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of ALMIDA P. LATIMORE as vendee for the above-named properties; per Doc. No. 487, Page No. 99, Book No. VIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Leslie Rose G. Adolfo. LSDE: March 13, 20 & 27 2013
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Leyte Samar Daily Express
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Barugo Pushes On towards Development
Mayor Alden Avestruz assists in the feeding program, one of his concerns.
Re-electionists are normally confronted with a searching question of: Have I done something significant in the discharge of official duty during my term? Have these significant achievements cascaded down to the constituent’s benefit I solemnly swore to serve? Today Barugo continues to be upbeat, even proud of the many good things in terms of development it implemented. A good part of these tangible achievements however, especially on infrastructure projects could not be claimed by a single town executive. It has been a consistent on-going development with the Apostol clan (dynasty?) lording over the political affairs in the second district of Leyte, for
quite sometime now for which Barugo belongs. Atty. Alden MontañoAvestruz held the reigns of Barugo local government leadership for 2 terms (6 years). It was a burning desire of the youthful politician to carve a niche of good leadership to serve faithfully and well this town of his birth, Barugo. During his term he focused on community development to include and noticeably providing opportunities for small-income families improve their economic lives through livelihood-income generating activities. Barugo is known to be the best producer of Roscas, (Carigara of course, claims the same honor). Lone entrepreneurship has proved to be a damaging competition so LGU Ba-
rugo encouraged the organization of the Barugo Roscas Producers Group. Initially some 21 members joined especially when financial assistance was available to include technical inputs that were provided by the Dept. of La-
bor and Employment, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology departments. Congresswoman then Ebbie Apostol also provided additional funding assistance. Other groups organized included motorcycle drivers who were also provided DOLE assistance project and financial assistance from former Governor Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla, now Department of Energy Secretary of the Pnoy cabinet. The scheme they cooperatively designed is members put up Spare Parts Supply, a store, where they patronize its operations and enjoy profitsharing. Barugo local government also provided capital to some tricycle drivers named PADYAK ENGOY where they to page 13
Sibisyo ha Barangay one of the regular activities of Mayor Alden Avestruz has elicited understanding, cooperation of ka-Barangays in the implementation of projects for their benefits.
Alden MontañoAvestruz was already a politician on the making for even in college, he was an Assemblyman at the Divine Word University. His class was the last graduates before the university stopped its operations in 1994. He passed the bar on that year. Before that he topped Customs Bro-
ker Board Examinations in 1990. He was elected as Sangguniang Bayan member in 1998, but for just one term he got elected as Vice Mayor for 2 terms and in 1997 he won as Municipal Mayor of Barugo. He got reelected in 2010 and in this year’s election he will be vying his last and third terms.