SAGAY CITY: Four governors in the Visayas are calling on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to declare the Visayan Sea Triangle a protected area.
The call is contained in the resolution to declare and establish as protected area the waters beyond the 15 kilometer waters of the municipalities and cities surrounding the Visayan Sea which was passed during the 6th Visayan Sea Summit at Museo Sang Bata sa Negros on Friday.
The resolution was signed by Governors Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental, Arthur Defensor Sr. of Iloilo, Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate and Hilario Davide 3rd of Cebu, who was represented by Ricardo Lachica.
“We want to establish the entire Visayan Sea as the biggest marine protected area in the Philippines, ensuring that the biodiversity and marine life will be protected for generations to come,” the four governors said.
“We are asking the national government agencies to not only take the lead but to pledge their support by providing personnel, necessary funds and make this as the priority of their respective agencies or departments,” they added.
The move seeks to protect small fishermen since no commercial fishing vessels will be allowed to encroach in the municipal waters within the 15-kilometer from the shoreline radius of the 23 local government units under the Visayan Sea Triangle.
Marañon said that “our marine resources are our richest resource.”
“We have to be very strict on the protected area,” he added.