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TO PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE

TO PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE
 

14 March 2018 09:41:23 AM

The House committee on natural resources chaired by Rep. Arnel Ty on Tuesday created a technical working group to further deliberate on House Bill 6036 which seeks to declare the Philippine Rise as a protected area by establishing the Philippine Rise Natural Park. Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, author of the bill, said there is a very urgent need to enact a law that would protect the Philippine Rise. He said that while the ancient reefs from Australia to Hawaii are succumbing to pollution, destructive fishing, and the effects of climate change, the Philippine Rise is a rare exception. “Its reefs have dodged fishing pressure and pollution because these are so far offshore. It is virtually untouched and undisturbed by human presence”, he said. Biazon added that without legal protection, the Philippine Rise is vulnerable to exploitation and eventually will be destroyed and be lost forever. Ty, Reps. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Cesar Sarmiento and Joseph Stephen Paduano were among those present during the hearing. (MVI Palomar/ G Engay)

 
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