HB 1803 – An Act Amending RA 8550 (Mandating Coastal Municipalities to establish MPAs)

FOURTEENTH CONGRESS )
REPUBLIC OF THE
PHILIPPINES )
FIRST REGULAR SESSION )

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
House Bill No. 1803

 


Introduced by Representative Lorenzo R. Tañada III

 

AN ACT

ESTABLISHING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN ALL COASTAL MUNICIPALITIES, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8550, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE PHILIPPINE FISHERIES CODE OF 1998” AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. There shall be established at least one (1) marine protected area in municipal waters of every coastal municipality in the Philippines. Marine protected area refers to any area of intertidal or subtidal terrain, together with its overlying water and associated flora, fauna, historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by law or local ordinance to protect part or all of the enclosed environment. MPAs shall be used to conserve biodiversity, manage natural resources, protect endangered species, reduce user conflicts, provide educational and research opportunities, and enhance recreational fisheries. It shall include fishery reservations, fisheries reserves, fish refuge and sanctuaries and mangrove swamp reservations.

SECTION 2. The Department shall be responsible in designating and managing marine protected areas beyond the fifteen (15) kilometers from shoreline: Provided, that marine protected areas established under RA 7586 shall continue be managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

SECTION 3. The LGU concerned, upon the recommendation of the FARMC, and with the assistance of BFAR, shall be responsible for the identification, establishment and management of marine protected areas within municipal waters with an area of at least fifteen percent (15%) where applicable of the total coastal areas in each municipality shall be identified, based on the best available scientific data. The area herein provided may not be contiguous. The fund for the establishment of MPA shall be provided by the LGU. Such MPAs shall be established within six (6) months from the approval of this Act.

An MPA at least twenty-five percent (25%) but not more than forty percent (40%) of suitable intertidal areas shall be set aside for the cultivation of mangroves to strengthen the habitat and the spawning grounds of fish. Within these areas no commercial fishing shall be allowed.

In areas where Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Boards (IFARMBs) are established pursuant to Section 76 of the Code, as amended, the indentification, establishment and management of the marine protected areas shall be vested upon the IFARMBs.

SECTION 4. All marine fishery reserves, fish sanctuaries and mangrove swamp reservations already declared or proclaimed by the President or legislated by the Congress of the Philippines shall be continuously administered and supervised by the concerned agency.

SECTION 5. Should a LGU fail to establish an MPA as herein provided, the Mayor, the Vice Mayor and the members of the Sanggunian shall be liable for prosecution under Republic Act Nos. 3019 and 6713 and other relevant laws.

SECTION 6. Repealing Clause. All laws, decrees, executive orders and rules and regulations or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Act, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 7. Separability Clause. If any part of this Act is hereafter declared unconstitutional or invalid, such other parts which are not affected thereby shall continue in full force and effect.

SECTION 8. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its complete publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulations.

Approved,

Advertisements

3 Responses

  1. Want to know what happen to these four bills if this became into law already?

  2. hi mr. montero! thank you for your interest on cong. tañada’s fisheries bills. they have been filed but you know, it takes a while to get a bill passed into law especially with so many intervening political developments. it would be great if fisheries groups lobby the chair of the aquaculture and fisheries committee of the house of representatives to calendar these bills. likewise to expose congressmen who have links with commercial and big fishers.

    jeck
    chief of staff
    cong. erin tañada

  3. Hi! With this new house bill, our thesis became really more relevant..
    Im a student of Public Administration in UP Diliman and together with my 5other classmates, we are working on finding the best institutional arrangement for MPA in the Philippines as our thesis. Since this bill requires each municipality to have a MPA,our thesis might be of help as a guide on their establishment. However, our study is still in progress but we are restricted by quite a few things. Maybe the office of the congressman can help us to fulfill this research? : )

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: