Senate food panel ok 10 bills creating fisheries, aquatic resource centers
Ten bills from the House of Representatives promoting fisheries and aquatic resources (shrimps crustaceans etc.) in areas where they can be propagated have been sponsored in the Senate before it went on Christmas break.
The ten local bills the Senate finance, and agriculture and food committees have sponsored are:
1. House Bill No. 6085 (an act establishing multi-purpose fishery breeding farms and hatcheries for the production and multiplication of crabs, shrimps, and lobsters in the Municipality of Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte),
2. HBN 5651 (establishing an aquatic research and experimental breeding station for lake, river, and other inland fishes in the Municipality of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte),
3. HBN 5652 or establishing a prawn, crab and inland fish nursery in the Municipality of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat),
4. HBN 6086, (an act establishing fish breeding and hatcheries in the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao Del Norte),
5. HBN 6088 (an act establishing a fisheries and aquatic resource research, training, development and product center in each of the provinces of Leyte, southern Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar),
6. HBN 1948 (an act establishing a research center for fish breeding and/or hatchery for grouper, prawn, lobster, crab and other high-value marine species in the Municipality of Bantayan, Cebu),
7. HBN 4432 (an act establishing research stations for fish breeding and/or hatcheries for grouper, prawn, lobster, crab and other high-value marine species in the Municipalities of Dapa, Del Carmen, Socorro and Pilar in Surigao del Norte),
8. HBN 4458 (an act establishing mariculture development parks in the municipalities of Virac, Bato, Baras, Gigmoto, Viga, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, San Andres, Caramoran and Pandan, Catanduanes),
9. HBN 5645 (an act establishing multipurpose fishery breeding farms and hatcheries for the production and multiplication of crabs, shrimps, and lobsters in the Municipality of Lingig, Surigao del Sur),
10. HBN 5650 (an act establishing a multipurpose fish breeding station and crab, prawn, shrimp, and lobster hatchery in Brgy. Ata-atahon, Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte).
The bills are now under Committee Report Nos. 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, and 349, and are pending second reading.
Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture panel said, sponsorship of the local bills is part of her commitment to help two-thirds of the Philippine population who are involved directly and indirectly in agriculture.
Citing latest official poverty statistics, Villar said fishermen posted the highest poverty incidence for nine basic sectors in the Philippines at 41.4 percent, followed by farmers at 36.7 percent—higher than the poverty incidence among the entire population in the Philippines which is at 26.5 percent.