Fisher folk in Brgy. Linaon filed a petition with the Cauayan municipal government to temporarily halt the construction of a private fence in the lot that serves as the salvage zone for fishing boats.
The petition asked the municipal government to declare a lot in Purok 5, Brgy. Linaon a salvage zone, 15 to 30 meters from the shoreline available for fishing boats docked in the area when they not in use, or during storms and high tide, Carmelino Larombi, chair of the Asosasyon sang Mangunguma kag Mangigisda sang Brgy. Linaon said yesterday.
He said representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources conducted a survey yesterday in the coastal barangay and searched for the cement monument (mohon) in the area that determines the salvage zone.
“However, the survey of DENR was stopped as we found out that a certain Marina Geraldoy is claiming the lot,” Larombi said, adding that the survey team did not find the cement monument, too.
Up to 60 boats, operated by about 80 fishermen, are docked on the lot. A total of 36 households are dependent on fishing as livelihood.
Larombi said the visit of the DENR was also to show the department the present situation in the community, and how the claiming of the lot will affect their livelihood.
“If the construction of the fence around the lot is pursued, we won't have a place to moor our boats,” he added.*KBC
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