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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 28, 2017

Kudos To Rep. Vilma Santos For Proposing A Very Sensible Bill In Congress That Will Help Improve The Lives Of Fishermen

VILMA SANTOS as a congresswoman got much praise for sticking to her principles when she voted no to the death penalty. Now, she continues to impress us all the more with the new bill she has filed in the present congress. This bill pushes for the approval of a national program for marine culture that would establish aquamarine farms in the shorelines of coastal towns. The current practice is for our poor fishermen to go out into the deep blue sea to fish for their daily livelihood, putting themselves so much at risk against Mother Nature and other dangers in the open ocean.

In Rep. Vilma Santos Recto's bill, barangays may consolidate fishermen as working cooperatives who will create floating cages where they can culture fish and no longer need to go out far into the open sea. In an aquamarine cooperative, they don't have to even borrow money for fuel and supplies when they sail to faraway places to fish, even in controversial fishing grounds where they even get accosted

by armed forces of other countries. Kudos to Ate Vi for taking the lives and benefits of these poor fisherfolk into consideration. May the bill be eventually approved in congress and may the tribe of responsible politicians like Ate Vi further increase! Our best wishes!