LGU clearance to pave way for demolition of illegal fish pens — DENR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — Local government clearance will trigger moves to dismantle illegal fish pens, an Environment official said on Wednesday.

"Hinihintay na lang po namin yung completion ng demolition order galing sa local government units. 'Pag nakumpleto na po ay i-mplement na... Ipapaliwanang natin sa ating mga kababayan, doon sa mga illegal na structure na walang permits, yun lang ang gigibain," Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said during the Malacanang-led 'Laging Handa' briefing.

[Translation: We are waiting for the completion of the demolition order from the local government units, and it will be implemented once it's here... We want to clarify to the public that only illegal structures without permits will be dismantled.]

Antiporda mentioned exemptions to the demolition order.

"'Yung mga shellfish raisers, yung magtatalaba at magtatahong, hindi kasali. Tuloy po yung kanilang hanapbuhay and tutulungan pa po ng gobyerno na magkaroon ng bagong technology para gumanda ang kanilang ani," he said.

[Translation: Shellfish raisers, those raising mussels and oysters, they are not included. They can continue with their livelihood and the government will help them with new technology to improve their yield.]

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In a briefing on Sept. 8, Antiporda said the structures contributed to pollution in Manila Bay.

The Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force will hold a meeting this week on the demolition, Antiporda said.