Around 12,331 stakeholders within Laguna de Bay Region and the seven crater lakes in Laguna have received their fisherfolk IDs from the Laguna Lake Development Authority. The issuance is in accordance with Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, which is further amended by Republic Act 10654.
As early as 2017, the LLDA, specifically the Community Development Division, has been going town after town to record the information and identity of every applicant fisherfolk. LLDA also coordinated with BFAR and sought the help of Local Government Units in the identification, registration, profiling of fisherfolks. The LGUs even supported the LLDA in the distribution and issuance of the individual IDs in their respective locality.
LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina supported this activity and said that fisherfolks can greatly benefit from this program. According to him, LLDA will now have a grasp of the number of fisherfolk in the region or in a given area within the region. Government agencies and law enforcement will also be aided by the information that can be derived from the records in terms of cascading national programs and emergency responses.
A fisherfolk is defined as any person who are directly or indirectly engaged in fishing and other related fishing activities.
In this file photo Mayor Edgardo “Egay” Ramos, President of Mayor’s League-Laguna, hands over the ID to one of his constituents in Pila, Laguna
September 16, 2020