The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking the establishment of settlement areas for fisherfolk throughout the country.

House OKs bill creating fisherfolk settlement areas

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By Billy Begas

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking the establishment of settlement areas for fisherfolk throughout the country.

Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said House Bill 6876 measure aims to provide permanent housing sites for people engaged in fishing in the provinces.

“Most of them are in coastal areas. They get dislocated whenever typhoons or other calamities devastate their communities. The government should provide housing for them,” said Rodriguez in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Under the bill, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and local government units (LGUs) with jurisdiction over coastal and municipal waters are mandated to establish settlement areas for fisherfolk with adequate access to fishing grounds.

In case there are existing settlement sites near fishing grounds, priority in the award of lots and dwelling units shall be given to fisherfolk who are registered as such with their LGUs and who have no real property.

The measure also provides that LGUs shall include settlement areas for their fishermen-constituents in their comprehensive land use plans.

Rodriguez said the bill would amend the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (Republic Act No. 8550).

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In his weekly address Monday, Duterte said he approved Mauro’s dismissal from government service “the other day or last night.”

Penalty for the former ambassador, according to him, includes cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification to hold public office, and bar from taking civil service examinations.

“That’s how it is. I said, there are rules to be followed. Kung ayaw mong sundin, you take the risk. If something goes wrong, it’s gonna hit you,” the President said.

Mauro was appointed as Ambassador to Brazil in 2018. She also had jurisdiction over Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.

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“That is their right. They want, maybe, the U.S. (vaccines). It could be AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson’s. It could be Moderna,” the Chief Executive said during his televised address.

“Wala kaming objections diyan. Kung ayaw ninyo maghintay na lang kayo pag dumating ang mga bakuna of your choice and not the ones that are being applied now to the people. We respect your decision on the matter,” he also said.

Duterte earlier expressed preference for Sinopharm, another China-based pharmaceutical company. The drugmaker is yet to receive emergency approval for its vaccine.

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During his weekly national address on Monday, Duterte said Robredo only wanted to be “relevant.”

She was “baiting” him to get the CoronaVac because she suspected he already received the Covid-19 vaccine shot, the Chief Executive claimed.

“You seem to have an angel face but a devilish mind. Marunong ka mag ano. Ang duda mo kasi tapos na ako, kaya you want me to go into a trap of saying things which are not appropriate,” said Duterte.

“Sige ka lang salita diyan, wala ka naman ginagawa. Sige ka isyu-isyu ng statement… because you want to be relevant here. Gusto mo sumali sa laro para mapakinggan ka rin,” he added.



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