• Habagat deprives fishermen, beach resorts in Bataan town of livelihood

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    BAGAC, Bataan: The southwest monsoon or habagat induced by typhoon Jose Tuesday continued to trigger big waves along the West Philippines Sea in this town, depriving fishermen and beach resorts owners of their livelihood.

    Some fishermen gathered plastic bottles and other saleable items from garbage spewed by big waves on the shore adjacent to the South China Sea.

    Fishing bancas were placed on safer ground to avoid destruction by giant waves.

    Fisherman Jon-Jon Diaz was cleaning fish he called aligasin caught near the shore for their lunch.

    “It has been three days now that we are not able to go fishing due to strong winds, big wave and rains. It has big effect to our livelihood,” Diaz said.

    He said that some fishermen go fishing using dala or small net at the side portion of the shore.

    “Others are gathering some plastic bottles and other things that they could sell from the wastes that were brought near the shore by big waves,” the fisherman said.

    He said that parts of trees from the wastes spewed by the waves were gathered to later on be turned into charcoal.

    Different types of garbage littered along the shore of barangay Pag-asa in Bagac that Diaz said came from Manila Bay pushed through the former South China Sea.

    “Since the typhoon came, there is no income for the beach resorts here,” said Daddy’s Beach House caretaker Chona Correa.

    She said that they have no visitor since Saturday.

    “This is happening to almost all the beach resorts here in Bagac that are near the sea,” she said.

    A check with Vivian Loreto of the office of Bagac Mayor Ramil del Rosario showed that there are 21 registered beach resorts, excluding Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, in the mountain town. PNA

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