By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – To guarantee the sustainability of the country’s marine
products supply, Sen. Cynthia A. Villar yesterday sought the Senate
approval of three house bills proposing to establish three Marine
In her sponsorship speech, Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee
on agriculture and food, said the hatcheries will be built in Libon,
Albay, in the City Environmental Estate, Barangay Santa Lucia, Puerto
Princesa City,Palawan and in Batad, Iloilo.
The proposed hatcheries, which should be allocated funding, are
provided under the following:
1-Committee Report No. 290 or House Bill No. 7435, entitled “An Act
Establishing a Central Multi-Species Marine Hatchery in the
Municipality of Libon, Province of Albay.
Within two years after the construction of the Albay hatchery, BFAR
shall transfer the management of the Central Multi-Species Hatchery to
Libon local government through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOa).
- Committee Report 29, referred to the Senate as House Bill 7544
entitled An Act Establishing A Central Multi-Species Marine Hatchery
in the City Environmental Estate in Barangay Santa Lucia, City of
Puerto Princesa, Province of Palawan.
The Palawan hatchery establishes under the supervision of the Bureau
of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Department of
Agriculture a multi-species marine hatchery by constructing the
structure. Through a MOA, it will transfer its management to concerned
LGU and to the Western Philippine University (WPU) within 5 years
after its construction.
- Committee Report 292 is for the establishment of a satellite Multi
Specie Marine Hatchery in the Municipality of Batad, Province of
This bill proposes that within 3 years after the establishment of the
satellite multi-specie hatchery, the management shall be transferred
to the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) through a
In pushing for the approval of hatcheries, Villar cited the
significant contribution of fisheries to the national economy in terms
of income and employment.
In 2018, she related that the total fish production was estimated at
4.61 million metric tons, and the fisheries sector contributed 4.9
billion US dollars to the country’s economy in 2018. (SEAFDEC, 2018).
“However, compared to our South East Asian neighbors, we are only
Number four (4) in Marine Capture after Indonesia, Vietnam and
Myanmar. We are also number five (5) in our inland (municipal waters)
fisheries output compared to Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam ;
and Number three (3) with regards to Aquaculture production, after
Indonesia and Vietnam,” said Villar.
In addition, she noted that our estimated requirement for fish fry is
about 3.5 billion annually, and “we can only supply from local
production 2.5 billion a year.”
“In this age where competitiveness is the key for our local
industries, we cannot remain dependent on outside sources for our
production inputs. Every agricultural industry should have a global
perspective,” further stated Villar. (AI/MTVN)