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SEN. VILLAR TO SEEK SOLUTION ON BULLIED FISHERMEN IN WEST PH SEA


Story and Photos By: Eladio Perfecto
SEN. VILLAR TO SEEK SOLUTION ON BULLIED FISHERMEN IN WEST PH SEA
(The photo shows Senator Cynthia Villar during the interview by media.)
CATARMAN, NORTHERN SAMAR – Senator Cynthia Villar, although not the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, is set to file a resolution in the Senate seeking to find solutions on the issue of bullied fishermen in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Villar was at the University of Eastern Philipplines being the keynote speaker for the 7th Annual International Conference on Environment Social Science (ACES) held last June 13-15. 2018. As chair on both the agriculture and environment committees, the Senator, in an interview on June 14, 2018, told the media that she will look into the issue and seek solutions to the problem.

“I am not the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations but I will file a resolution the moment we resume our regular session this coming July,” Villar said.

It was earlier reported that fishermen fishing in the West Philippine Sea were bullied by Chinese Coast Guard operating in the disputed Philippine territory in the South China sea.
SEN. VILLAR TO SEEK SOLUTION ON BULLIED FISHERMEN IN WEST PH SEA
(Senator Cynthia Villar poses with the organizers, lecturers/speakers and participants of the 7th Annual International Conference on Environment Sciences (ACES))
Meanwhile, in her speech during the 7th Annual International Conference on Environment, she told the participants on the importance of environmental protection particularly on the field of research and technology in solving various problems on environment.

“Let me point out that the inputs, ideas and innovations that will result from this three-day conference will affect or solve not only environmental problems,” Villar said and continued to express that “I have realized that environmental problems affect numerous sectors, thus environmental solutions will also benefit many other sectors.”

Citing the environment disasters that beset the country due to climate change, Villar said: “that as an agricultural country, the Philippines suffer huge losses from the onslaught of environment disasters.”

Further referring to Senate’s ratification on the country’s concurrence to the Paris Agreement, the Villar said that “such is the victory for agriculture, the sector most affected by climate change.”
SEN. VILLAR TO SEEK SOLUTION ON BULLIED FISHERMEN IN WEST PH SEA
“By joining the global action to cut carbon emissions, we will be able to address agricultural problems which continue to hinder the farmer’s productivity and our food security goals,” the Senator stressed.

The passage of Republic Act 10654, an act to prevent, deter and eliminate unreported and unregulated fishing which the Senator principally authored is very vital as it imposes higher penalties compared to the 18 year old Fishery Code of the Philippines that aims to protect marine resources and provide sustainability and balanced biodiversity of the ocean.

“Admittedly, one of the main problems in the fisheries sector is overfishing and illegal or destructive fishing practices,” Villar further emphasized.

“The value of environmental science cannot be overemphasized as it provides solutions not only to the country’s environmental problems, but consequently, it also addresses other very important issues and challenges such as food security with our future and survival also at stake.” Villar said.(CJ)


-, June 18, 2018


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