Alaminos City, an outstanding coastal municipality

ALAMINOS CITY—The Alaminos City government was recently cited as the first runner-up in the national search for outstanding coastal community — Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK).

City Agriculturist Arceli Talania told The PUNCH last week that the award was earned through the cooperation of fisherfolks to support policies of the city executive office and the legislative body.

“There is no illegal fishing here… there are also no illegal structures in our city and fish cages are regulated,” Talania said. “We also implement solid waste management to ensure cleanliness of our coastal areas and strictly implement policies pertaining to agriculture here and the fishermen associations are very cooperative,” she added.

She said violators are quickly arrested and cited the efforts of the city’s Task Force Bantay Dagat and the fishermen associations to stop illegal fishing in the city.

The award earned P18 million worth of projects for the city for the benefit of the fisherfolks.

The city government will select a project from a menu of projects from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).

Among the considered priority projects are motorboats, payaw (artificial fish sanctuary), artificial reef and others, Talania said.  (Helen Martin) 

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