Duterte to award P60M to cleanest coastal communities

Duterte to award P60M to cleanest coastal towns

President Duterte will award P60 million on livelihood support to the country’s cleanest coastal communities this month as part of the campaign to stop illegal fishing and other destructive fishing practices.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in his Facebook account that the contest is part of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to “promote sustainable and responsible fishing in the face of continued illegal fishing activities and dwindling catch by marginal fisher folks.”

To qualify, coastal towns must meet five requirements: no reported cases of illegal fishing; the town must have a declared and protected marine sanctuary; there must be a well-managed and protected mangrove area; there must be a self-imposed closed fishing season; and the coastal waters and fishing grounds must be free of floating garbage and effluence from factories or processing plants.

Regional winners will receive P2 million, the second runner-up P5 million, first runner-up P8 million, and the winner P20 million.

The prizes could only be used for livelihood programs for fisher folks especially during the closed season for fishing, speed boats for the Bantay Laut members and activities aimed at stopping illegal fishing. [Source]
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