LGU orders 2-year closure of fishkill-affected fish cages in Bolinao

Marje Pelayo   •   June 6, 2018   •   5161

PANGASINAN, Philippines – The local government of Bolinao in Pangasinan will close all fish kill-affected fish cages in three barangays in the municipality.

These are Barangays Culang, Luna, and Luciente II which have been hit by massive fish kill that began on May 29.

Pangasinan’s provincial fishery coordinator Zenaida Ugaban said the local government recommended a close season for milkfish and lapu-lapu production because of the fish kill.

The two-year moratorium will take effect from July 2018 to 2020.

Ugaban said the moratorium will also include several fish pens in nearby barangays that are not affected by the fish kill, but assured that not all will be closed down.

“In consideration daw po ay meron pa naman pong naiwan na mga cages and pens in these barangays,” Ugaban said.

(In consideration, there are still some cages and pens left in these barangays. )

Based on the latest assessment of the provincial government, the damage from the fish kill has now reached to more than 120 million pesos collectively in the towns of Anda and Bolinao.

Affected fishermen expressed concern about the closure since fishing is their only source of income.

“Marami kaming mawawalan ng trabaho. May pamilya kami. Saan kami maghahanap ng pang araw-araw nilang pang-gastos,” said Bernard Caigas, a local fisherman.

(Many of us will lose their jobs. We have families. Where will we find the money for our daily expenses?)

Bernard Donato, who also relies on fishing for his family’s living, echoed the same , “Mahirap talaga. Wala na. Kung ipapasara ang fish cage, wala nang trabaho sa Bolinao. Iyon lang talaga ang hanapbuhay namin dito.”

(It’s really difficult. If they close down the fish cages, there will be no more jobs in Bolinao. It’s our only source of income around here.)

For now, the provincial government is discussing the possible livelihood programs for fishermen and owners of fish cages and pens affected by the fish kill. — Grace Doctolero / Marje Pelayo

Cops offer free goods, haircut to Pangasinan residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

At least 80 residents of Barangay San Felipe East in San Nicolas, Pangasinan received free goods, medical check up, and haircut from the police.

Police officers from the 104th Maneuver Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 provided vegetables and rice to residents of Sitio Lagpan. Mobile phones and tactical flashlights were also given to the barangay council.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar thanked the cops for providing some of the basic needs of the residents, especially in this time of pandemic.

Saludo ako sa ating mga pulis dito sa Pangasinan na pinilit tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan upang makabawas sa kanilang intindihin ngayong may pandemya (I salute our policemen here in Pangasinan who are striving to provide the needs of our fellowmen to ease their burden during the pandemic)” he said. AAC

DENR denies dolomite caused fish kill in Manila Bay

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A video taken by Regine Nequia, president of Baseco Seaside Neighborhood Association (BASA), showed dead fish floating in Manila Bay near the Baseco Compound on Thursday (September 17) morning.

She said that a similar incident have happened in the past, but the amount of dead fish has not been as large.

Residents are asking authorities to look into the matter not only because their livelihoods depend on the bay, but also because of the stench coming from the rotting fish.

“Ang mga nawalan ng trabaho dyan kumukuha ng pangaraw-araw ding ulam, [Residents who lost their jobs get their daily meal from the fish there],” Nequia said.

“Iyog mga mangingisda naman sa ngayon ay sadyang nababahala kasi dyan nila kinukuha yung kanilang pangkabuhayan, [Fishermen, meanwhile, expressed concern over the incident as they depend (on the bay) for their income],” she added.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has refuted claims that the dolomite or artificial white sand being dumped along Roxas Boulevard was the cause of the fish kill in the bay.

According to Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, the Baseco area is way far from Roxas Boulevard and the two sections are divided by a breakwater.

He also noted that it seems impossible that the fish kill happened only in Baseco area but not in the Roxas Boulevard area where the dolomite dumping is located.

“It’s impossible na iyong fish kill nandoon lang sa lugar nila pero ang nourishment nandito sa kabila. Also, there is a big divider which is the breakwater so it is really impossible na dito sa atin nanggaling iyon,” Antiporda said.

The official cited similar incidents of fish kill that occurred in October last year which happened in the portions of Las Piñas and Parañaque but that was caused by the lowering of oxygen level in the water.

Nonetheless, Antiporda is not discounting the possibility of a sabotage or someone putting poison in that part of the bay to discredit the ongoing beach nourishment project.

“Mas gusto natin tingnan iyong positive side rather than may nanabotahe but hindi din namin dini-discount iyan at tinitingnan naming mabuti kung meron pa rin bang cyanide fishing,” he said.

The agency has taken water samples from Baseco area and from the site of the white beach project to help in the investigation. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PCG still searching for missing 7 Pangasinan fishermen

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said search operations are still ongoing for the seven fishermen who went missing after they left the shores of Dasol, Pangasinan.

In a statement, the PCG said an aerial search is being conducted to look for the missing fishermen. Personnel from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy are also assisting in the search and rescue operations.

The missing fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 reportedly went out to catch some fish last January 6. The group was expected to return to Infanta, Pangasinan on January 14, according to fishing boat owner Christine Macaraig.

The vessel is skippered by Alberto Roldan, with crew members Roderick Montemayor, Homar Maglantay, Jerome Maglantay, Ejay Dela Cruz, Larry Legaspi, and Jefferson Bernabe.

The fishing vessel’s location was last reported at 60 to 90 nautical miles off Camaso Island in Dasol.

The PCG said another vessel will be deployed to help in the search effort.

The agency also called on other local fishers to report to authorities any sighting of the missing fishermen. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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