PH, Taiwan seen to start talks on fishery agreement by June


Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala: Possible meeting in June. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines-Taiwan technical working group (TWG) may meet by the middle of the year on a possible fishery agreement, when officials hope that the recent issue over a Taiwanese fisherman would have cooled.

“The meeting may be held, possibly, by June but perhaps it would be better if we do it in July,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala told reporters at the sidelines of the FishR (municipal fisherfolk registration) program in Pasay City.

Asked whether the Philippines would be open to a mutual fishing scheme, Alcala said the topic would likely crop up during talks but there was no assurance on the outcome.

The TWG is composed of representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and their counterparts in Taiwan, BFAR director Asis Perez said in an interview.

As various nationalities are reported to be fishing illegally in Philippine waters, demonstrating the richness of Philippine marine resources, various civic and environmental groups urged the government to protect Philippine waters and ensure that the country would not be disadvantaged in trade and other agreements involving fishery. Business groups, meanwhile, have called on the government to “balance” political with economic concerns.

“Admittedly, our fish stocks are richer since we are in the Coral Triangle but Taiwan also has fish and stocks depending on the migration pattern of various species. I trust the TWG will study all proposals carefully,” Alcala said.

Fishery employs more than 1.6 million fisher folk. About 41 percent of fisher folk are considered poor, according to government data.

The Coral Triangle is the 6-million-km2 global center of marine biodiversity in the seas spanning the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

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  • xfileFC2

    Para po sa inyo…..

    Japan seizes 3 Taiwanese fishing boats in 10 days

    Japan’s Fisheries Agency seized a Taiwanese fishing boat Thursday on
    suspicion of illegally operating in the country’s exclusive economic
    zone south of the Sakishima Islands.

    The agency arrested the captain of the boat, Su Ze Hong, 45, on the
    spot but later released him after he submitted a document to guarantee
    the payment of cash collateral.

    It was the third seizure of a Taiwanese vessel since a Japan-Taiwan
    bilateral fishery agreement took effect on May 10 to allow Taiwanese
    vessels to operate to the north of the Sakishima island chain in
    southwestern Japan but not to the south.

    The 46.29-ton Taiwanese long-line fishing boat was illegally
    operating in waters about 1.2 kilometers off the agreed area early
    Thursday, according to the agency.

  • Gygy Gygy

    There was an old Taiwanese fisherman killed by the PCG in Jan 2006 like this time.
    The final investigation showed the PCG officers were quilty.
    The perpetrators still happily live in Philippines.
    That’s why this time Taiwanese don’t trust the the Philippines’ own investigation anymore.

    Do you guys know why Taiwanese are so angry this time.
    Many Taiwanese fishermen have been kidnapped and killed by pirates in many years.
    The pirates wear the PCG uniform,it means the pirates are the Philippines PCG officers.
    Many kidnapped Taiwanese fishermen have to ask their family to deposit money into these pirates’ accounts when they are imprisoned in private jails in Philippines.
    If the kidnapped fishermen’s family don’t give money,the PCG will maltreat them.
    The PCG officers are these idiots,bull*hits and greedy guys doing evil,grabbing and stealing whatever they want;But acting like a coward cowers in their port when they see other country’s navy.

    This incident’s truth is the PCG wanted to kidnap Taiwanese fishing boat.The Philippines officers’ ill fame is world-famous.
    Do you guys know why other country’s people look down on the Philippines government.
    There are many Philippine died because of pilitical elections.
    Drivers pay money to traffic policemen to escape tickets.
    Former president’s wife owns more than 3000 shoes.
    Present president drives his princely and grand car to everywhere,even he knows his people in other countries is cleaning old foreighers’ feces with hands.
    Too many disgusting things words can’t describe.


    The Philippines government never take it serious of any incident related to foreigner.
    Do you guys remember the seized bus incident(Rizal Park Hostage-taking Incident) happened in Manilla in 2010,
    there were 8 victims killed by the stupid Philippines policemen.
    You can ask Hong Kong people the feeling of the Philippines government and president.
    I think the Philippine people are friendly,but I look down on the Philippines government

    Weak power of military is not shameful,maybe it will be growing up on certain day.
    But,cheating their own people is disgusting and causing other country’s spit.

    • alex ca

      good for them….he he he he

  • joboni96

    bayaran ang pamilya ng biktima pero


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