“There’s a set of measures that the Department of Agriculture, specifically the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has taken,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
Lacierda also said that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has already talked to European Union delegations. “The EU delegation has been apprised of the measures that we have taken.”
This is in response with EU’s warning for PH to address illegal fishing or else the country will face trade sanctions.
“We will continue to improve our measures – we certainly are moving forward ensuring that we are curbing whatever concerns the EU has against the Philippines with respect to fishing,” Lacierda added.
Among the measures are fishing vessels should be installed with tracking device, and patrol boats are deployed for monitoring.
“The Philippines, led by BFAR, is working actively to comply with EU’s requirements,” foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.