MANILA, Philippines — Palawan third District Rep. Edward Hagedorn has thanked a Home of Representatives panel and useful resource individuals who got here out to assist his invoice, which pushes for the creation of a marine protected space within the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Hagedorn in an announcement on Thursday lauded the Home management and the Committee on pure assets after the stated panel authorized his Home Invoice No. 6373, which seeks to declare all of the areas throughout the three nautical mile from the baselines of the Kalayaan Island Group and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal as a marine protected space (KIGSS-MPA).
In line with the lawmaker, the proposal — which was authorized by the panel throughout its listening to on Wednesday — is one thing that every one Filipinos ought to assist.
“I’m past happy and grateful for the overwhelming approval by the Home Committee on Pure Assets of HB No. 6373 in any other case often known as the [KIGSS-MPA] Invoice, which I principally authored. I thank Home Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez for his sturdy assist and dedication for the passage of the invoice,” Hagedorn stated.
“It’s my sincerest perception that pushing for environmental safety for the KIG and Scarborough Shoal is a standard floor that each Filipino may rally behind. We do hope that this environmental lens can be likewise utilized by different coastal states surrounding the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea to advertise cooperation and environmental safety for larger peace, stability and prosperity for your complete area,” he added.
Hagedorn additionally thanked committee chair and Cavite 4th District Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., and the members of the committee who didn’t object to the proposal, together with Cibac party-list Rep. Eddie Villanueva who sponsored the invoice in his absence.
“We’re certainly overwhelmed by the presence and powerful assist by one of many nation’s main specialists for the West Philippine Sea, retired Supreme Courtroom Justice Antonio Carpio, whose incisive insights offered a greater refinement of the salient provisions of the invoice,” Hagedorn stated.
“Likewise, we’re grateful for the assist by the Division of Surroundings and Pure Assets (DENR), Division of the Inside and Native Authorities (DILG), Division of Nationwide Protection (DND), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for this effort,” he added.
If the invoice filed by Hagedorn final November 2022 is enacted, the KIGSS-MPA would take pleasure in all the advantages and safeguards acknowledged beneath Republic Act No. 7586 or the Nationwide Built-in Protected Areas System Act of 1992.
This might prohibit the next actions within the stated space:
- Utilizing of fishing or harvesting gear that destroys coral reefs and different marine life
- Dumping, throwing, utilizing, or inflicting poisonous chemical compounds, toxic supplies, and different hazardous objects into the protected space
- Littering or depositing refuse or particles
- Possessing blasting caps or explosives
- Endeavor mineral exploration or extraction
- Establishing or introducing unique species together with genetically modified organisms or invasive alien species
setting up, putting in, or sustaining any sort of construction, fence, or enclosure whether or not non permanent or everlasting
- Every other act that will outcome to the disturbance, killing, endangerment of the pure wildlife
An annual working finances of a minimum of P10 million can be positioned for the administration of the stated space.
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