BFAR joins exercises in WPS to ensure protection of Filipino fishermen

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2021   •   442

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is one with other government agencies in condemning illegal activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

According to BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona, the agency supports the efforts of the national government in relation to the disputed waters; thus, they participate in joint exercises within the area.

“Patuloy nating sinusulong ang ating kasarinlan sa ating WPS at kinokendena natin lahat ng iligal na pangingisda doon,” he said.

The official noted that the estimated fish production in WPS last year was 324,312 metric tons which contributed to the country’s overall production of the fisheries sector by 7.36%.

Gongona said it is important that the country protects its rights over the area.

“Ang significant effort ng BFAR, pati ang ibang ahensya na kasama po roon, ay para pangalagaan ang mga fishermen doon, fishing vessels, environment, at to prevent illegal unreported, unregulated fishing, and [violation of] fishery laws,” he noted.

He reported that BFAR joined the recent maritime exercises in the WPS where it sent a total of five vessels.

“Recently, nag-conduct po sila ng exercises doon kasama ang BFAR monitoring, control, surveillance vessels po namin. Five po sila doon, and okay naman po ang report sa amin ng [Philippine Coast Guard],” he assured.

Alamin: Mga dapat gawin kapag kinapitan ng dikya o nakalalasong ‘box jellyfish’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Salabay, dikya o box jellyfish ang tawag sa kumapit sa pitong taong gulang na batang namatay kamakailan sa Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Lumalaki ang mga ito na kasing laki ng bola ng basketball pero hindi basta makikita dahil transparent ang anyo.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, dumarami ang populasyon ng jellyfish na ito sa mga baybayin kapag tag-araw na siyang panahon ng kanilang pagpaparami.

Kung anong lambot ng katawan nito ay siya namang bagsik ng lason na nasa mga galamay dahil sa loob lamang ng 15 minuto ay maaaring mamatay ang biktima kung hindi agad maaagapan.

“Ang unang naaapektuhan talaga yung ating respiratory system at saka sa blood vessels na din natin. Kung titingnan natin doon sa mga causes na inilalagay sa death certificate ng mga namamatay out of box jellyfish, ang usual na nakalagay doon ay anaphylactic shock o kaya anaphylaxis,” ani Nonie Enolva, ang spokesperson ng BFAR-Region 5.

Ano-ano ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakapitan ng box jellyfish?

Una, buhusan ng suka ang naapektuhang bahagi ng katawan.

Ikalawa, huwag didiinan o lalagyan ng pressure para maiwasang sumiksik sa balat ang lason.

Ikatlo, agad na itakbo sa pinakamalapit na health facility ang pasyente para malapatan ng karampatang lunas.

“Iyong nangyari nga doon sa latest na victim ng box jellyfish parang mas nadagdagan pa yun ng pressure sa paraan ng pagkuskos ng buhangin doon sa affected body parts niya. So baka po nakapagpalala iyon or baka nakapag-release pa ng mas maraming lason,” pahayag ng opisyal.

Ayon sa BFAR, mas makabubuti kung magsusuot ng proteksyon ang mga nais mag-swimming gaya ng leggings, jogging pants o rash guard sa mga baybayin.

Para naman sa mga resort owner, maaring maglagay ng net para hindi makapasok ang mga dikya sa lugar ng paliguan. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

AFP chief Sobejana visits Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Cirilito Sobejana visited Pag-asa Island amid the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, the AFP said Sobejana visited the island on Monday along with key officers from the General Headquarters and the Western Command.

The visit was in connection to the conversion of the island into a logistics hub that seeks to sustain the Philippine government forces deployed in the area.

The trip also aims to uplift the morale and welfare of troops securing Pag-asa Island and other communities within the Kalayaan Island Group.

“The AFP will strike a balance between mission accomplishments and looking after the morale and welfare of our men and women,” Sobejana said, addressing the military force manning the Naval Station Emilio Liwanag on Pag-asa Island.

The AFP chief also stressed the importance of the troop’s role in protecting the citizens of Kalayaan Group of Islands and their livelihood as well as guarding the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The AFP said it recently deployed additional air and naval assets under the operational control of Western Command (WESCOM) in Palawan to support the National Task Force-WPS together with the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in performing sovereignty patrols in the area.

Prior to visiting Pag-asa Island, the Chief of Staff met with the troops of the 3rd Marine Brigade to extend the AFP’s commendation for keeping the Province of Palawan peaceful, stable and progressive.

He also lauded the unit’s contributions in security operations, civil military operations, stakeholder’s engagement and on COVID-19 mitigation which are vital in the over-all mission accomplishment of WESCOM and the AFP as a whole.

The AFP Chief also visited BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), one of the many ships currently deployed at WESCOM while docked at Puerto Princesa City Pier, to commend the their efforts in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

He likewise lauded the officers and personnel for their role in the successful rescue of 31 fishermen of MB Pauline 2 at Nares Bank, WPS on May 24.

 

31 Filipino fishermen rescued after boat sinks in West Philippine Sea

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-one Filipino fishermen were rescued at the vicinity of Nares Bank in the West Philippine Sea after their boat sank on Sunday, authorities said.

In a new release on Tuesday, the Naval Forces West (NFW) said the rescue operation was conducted after it received a radio signal from a fishing boat called FB Española reporting about FB Pauline 2.

The FB Pauline 2 suffered a hull derangement. It also had a hole on its freeboard since and began to take in seawater.

 “Immediately, the boat captain of FB Pauline 2, identified as Mr Placido Asusina, called for distress signal to alert any boats in the vicinity. This distress signal was received by FB Española which in turn relayed the information to NFW before proceeding to FB Pauline 2 to render assistance,” the NFW said.

The naval force said it sent the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35) to render assistance to the distressed fishing boat.

The fishermen were received on aboard PS35 on May 24 where they were “medically checked, given food and given accommodation.”

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