Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
February 26, 2013
The Success of the 2nd National Consultation on Fishery Law Enforcement Manual of Operations
To continue on the process of developing the Fishery Law Enforcement Manual of Operations (FLEMOP), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) together with Tanggol Kalikasan and US Department of Interior (USDOI) joined forces to gather a total of 14 agencies composed of both government as well as non-government offices for a 2nd national consultative meeting held last February 20-22 at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Pampanga.
The initial draft of the said FLEMOP had been subjected to a review by a Technical Working Group (TWG) and then to a national consultation attended by representatives of various government law enforcement agencies last August 22-23, 2012. This year’s consultation aimed to show that the recommendations made during the August consultation were incorporated in the draft. Also, it was intended to draw further suggestions for final enhancement of the manual before its presentation to the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC).
A total of 157 participants from different agencies painstakingly shared their efforts for the enhancement of the manual. Among the agencies who had their respective representatives during the 2nd consultation were the following: Bureau of Customs; Bureau of Immigration; Department of Justice (DOJ), including the Office of the City Prosecutor (OCP), Office of the Provincial Prosecutor (OPP), and Office of the Regional Prosecutor (ORP); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); National Security Council (NSC); National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Sub-Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (NALECC-SCENR); National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI); Philippine Ports Authority (PPA); Philippine Navy (PN); Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Regional Maritime Unit (PNP); ECOFISH; and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The consultation proper was held on the 2nd day of the event, February 21, 2013. It was a whole day full of rewarding insights including the comments, suggestions, and constructive criticisms from the above mentioned agencies as to how the manual could be further improved. The consultation which started at exactly 8:30am ended at exactly 8:03pm. BFAR Director, Atty. Asis G. Perez commended the hard work of each of the participants in sharing their knowledge and working with the bureau to enhance the manual.
As part of the closing ceremony, Director Perez recognized two commanding officers of the Philippine Coast Guard manning the MCS Patrol Vessels 3009 and 3005 for apprehending two Taiwanese fishing vessels while on search, rescue, and retrieval operation after the typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental last December, 2012. Aside from giving credit to the two commanding officers for their job well done, the recognition also aimed to motivate other law enforcement agencies to do their share in safeguarding the country’s resources.