The Enforcement Division of DENR Regional Office VIII recently met with the Mantahan Fisherfolks Association in Maasin City, Southern Leyte to inform its members about Republic Act 9147, also known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act."

Present during the meeting were around thirty (30) fishermen-member of the association, barangay officials, and representatives from the Maasin City Agriculture Office and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources—Provincial Fishery Office (BFAR-PFO).

The DENR, BFAR-PFO, and Maasin City Agriculture Office reminded the fishermen to avoid illegal fishing as it threatens the environment by depleting fish stocks and the marine ecosystems.

"People are stewards of nature. We can use our natural resources to support our needs, but we have to manage them sustainably for the sake of future generations," Forester Graciano, Chief of the Enforcement Division stressed during the discussion.

The meeting cum IEC was conducted in response to reports from netizens regarding illegal fishing and destruction of marine ecosystems in the area.

The DENR encourages the public to support the different programs and activities of the department and to report illegal activities that violate environmental laws to the nearest DENR office.