The agenda of the meeting was to provide updates on the Philippine Vessel Monitoring System, Port State Measures, and Traceability System, three mechanisms that are critical in keeping watch on our seas.

“This is just the start of a series of discussions regarding this issue. Let us keep sustaining our enthusiasm and active participation in the fight against IUUF,” said DA-BFAR Director and meeting chairman Atty. Escoto.

The PhilCom-IUUF, composed of stakeholders from government agencies and the private sector, was created as part of the country’s commitment to uphold the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This is critical in attaining the long-term conservation and sustainable use of our shared marine resources and ecosystems, and in ensuring that every Filipino can fully enjoy their right to food security and economic stability.