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Illegal Malimono Prawn Farm Taken to Task

PHILIPPINES - The Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO) Special Task Force has carried out a joint field investigation verification report on an illegal, large scale prawn along the boundaries of Brgy. Can-aga and Brgy. Pili, Malimono.

The Special Task Force, which comprises the PEMO, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), has been monitoring the operation that is owned and registered in the name of de Oro Resources, Inc.

The business has not complied with the general principles and guidelines of the 'The Code of Practice for Aquaculture' and has violated rules pertaining to the safety and protection of the environment. The eight-pond prawn farm, managed and represented by Louie A. Libarios, was operating improper waste management and non-compliance of the standard environmental protection and conservation. The task force has images showing wastewater flowing freely into the river causing water contamination within the vicinity.

The business was also in breach of certain legal requirements covering Land Use Conversion Applications from the Municipal Agrarian Reform Office and the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) approved from EMB-DENR. The latter is one of the fundamental regulatory requirements for a fishpond development.

The task force were assisted by Local Government Units (LGU) Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) headed by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) and was required based on a Provincial Memorandum issued by the Office of the Governor.

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