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Gagamitin vs illegal fishing: Cebu fish wardens receive life jackets

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The Cebu provincial government is taking additional steps to curb illegal fishing through sustainable programs for its coastal law enforcers or “ocean warriors.”

Some 250 fish wardens received life jackets at the Capitol’s social hall last Feb. 21, the provincial government said.

Local government units also received a equipment for sea operations including binoculars, rechargeable flashlights, megaphones, and medical kits.

On the other hand, Governor Hilario Davide III announced the Provincial Board approved a P2,000 monthly allowance for fish wardens.

Also, the enforcers attended a three-day training conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 7.

Meanwhile, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Baltazar Tribunalo said they are encouraging women to take a more active role in protecting coastal areas.

Tribunalo said they can learn skills on Water Safety Search and Rescue (WASSAR), life support training, and boat handling.

For his part, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the enforcers to take care of the earth as it will be “a source of blessing for all of us.”