Green Convergence forum takes on Philippine fisheries
Representatives from the National Coastal Watch Council, Oceana Philippines, Pangisda Pilipinas and the Department of Interior and Local Government discussed the state of Philippines fisheries and talked about ways to solve its immediate concerns.
Environmental Coalition Green Convergence held the 342nd session of the monthly Kamayan Para sa Kalikasan Forum on September 21, 2018 (Friday) at Kamayan Restaurant, Greenhills, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.
The recent approval by Agriculture Secretary Piñol of the importation of up to 17 metric tons of galunggong fish between September and December this year amidst its rising price despite the country’s vast aquatic resources, has prompted the forum organizers to once again scrutinize the government’s efforts towards national food security.
“It has always been our call to the government that our agriculture must prioritize food security for Filipinos above the global market,” says Dr. Angelina Galang, President of Green Convergence, adding further, “we have to support our fisherfolk, assert our national sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, and ensure sustainability of our aquatic resources.”
Oceana Philippines Vice President Gloria Estenzo Ramos and representatives from the government and the civil society presented their programs and actions for the development, protection and sustainability of the country’s fisheries. Future steps and measures to address gaps are also discussed.
Now on its 29th year, Kamayan Para sa Kalikasan Forum has become an institutionalized platform since March 1990 that enables NGO and government representatives, the media, students, teachers, church groups, and concerned citizens to discuss pressing environmental issues in the country. This month’s forum is co-organized by Oceana Philippines and is sponsored by Kamayan Restaurant and Forest Foundation.
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