NTF-WPS encourages Filipino fishermen to go, fish in West Philippine Sea

The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) is encouraging Filipino fishermen to go and fish in West Philippine Sea.

“As part of our rotational patrol over Bajo de Masinloc, PCG (Philippine Coast Guard) vessels BRP Sindangan and BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) MCS 3005 are en route to the area to enforce our fisheries laws and protect our fishermen,” NTF-WPS chairperson National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said in a statement on May 4.

“On the other hand, BRP Malapascua is under way to the Municipality of Kalayaan,” he added.

He also said China’s fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen.

“The announcement of China that it will impose a unilateral fishing ban on Chinese fishing vessels in the areas of the South China Sea north of the 12th parallel, from 1 May to 16 August 2021 is noted,” Esperon said.

“This fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen and the NTF-WPS opposes China’s imposition of the same over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines,” he said.

“The NTF-WPS reiterates that our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS,” he added.