Vol. 4 Issue No. 2 Third Qtr 2011
Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
BFAR chief bats for resource conservation
|BFAR Director Atty. Asis G.Perez|
Atty. Asis G. Perez, 48, former executive director of Tanggol Kalikasan – a public interest environmental law office – said that his priority as a new director of BFAR is to fight destructive fishing methods and the continuous intrusion of commercial fishers to municipal waters.
Speaking in front of various stakeholders of the fisheries industry on the occasion of the first ever National Fish Summit held in General Santos City, the renowned environmental lawyer from Tiaong in Quezon Province vowed to pursue a war against environmental abuse. "Commercial fishers have permits and licenses issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. We will strictly monitor that the rules surrounding their fishing activities are being followed." Perez said.
Atty. Perez has joined government service in June 1, succeeding Director Malcom I. Sarmiento, Jr., who retired as the national of the BFAR last April 27 this year.
True to his words, the new BFAR head's first act of office was to form a Quick Reaction Team, a 24/7 task force unit created to respond to fisheries related emergencies like fish kill occurrences, illegal fishing activities and the likes. Their first assignment was to assist the local government units of the coastal towns of Taal Lake in dismantling illegal fish pens and cages in the area.
Prior to his appointment as the BFAR national director, Atty. Perez has nearly two decades of environmental law and enforcement experiences. He was involved in the capacity-building in various institutions that included the BFAR on critical knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective implementation of the programs and law enforcement.
Atty. Perez is a recipient of the 2010 Clark R, Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Award held in Doha Qatar during the 15th Conference of the Parties CITES and AWI. He was also awarded the First Gawad-Sagip Dagat given on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of BFAR in 2009.
Perez also earned the recognition of the Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition of 82 environmental organizations from more than 30 countries as "true protectors of wildlife resources".
A Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University, Atty. Perez authored several papers including two on Fisheries; Philippine Adaptation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; and the Improving the governance of the Philippine Coastal and Marine Areas – A Guide For Local Government Units.
Atty. Perez is married to Rosela Perez. They are blessed with three children, Rahayana, Francis and Justin.