31 Mar BFAR-10 Announces Suspension Of Balsa Operations In Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental
Mga higala! The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Region 10 (BFAR-10) has announced the temporary suspension of balsa or floating cottage operations in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, during the Panguil Bay Development Council (PBDC) meeting last March 23, 2021!
According to BFAR-10 Regional Director Teodoro Bacolod Jr., floating cottages in the area have caused damage to the marine and aquatic resources of the province and this has been confirmed by their divers.
He also added that these balsas did not have permits from their local government unit (LGU).
However, Bacolod stated that they will not block the establishment of balsa businesses and will allow them to resume operations if they comply with the requirements, including the permit to operate from the concerned LGU.
“Ang BFAR, dili mi mubabag because that is livelihood pero ayaw lang ibutang inyong balsa sa critical areas, sa marine protected areas ug fish sanctuaries. Mangita og paagi nga mabutang na sa insakto, dili kay ibabag ninyo.”
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