Article XIII, Section 7 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution underscores that, ”The State shall protect the rights of subsistence fishermen, especially of local communities, to the preferential use of the communal marine and fishing resources, both inland and offshore. It shall provide support to such fishermen through appropriate technology and research, adequate financial, production, and marketing assistance, and other services. The State shall also protect, develop, and conserve such resources. The protection shall extend to offshore fishing grounds of subsistence fishermen against foreign intrusion. Fishworkers shall receive a just share from their labor in the utilization of marine and fishing resources.”

Ruperto “Ka-Uper” B. Aleroza

Vice-Chairperson for Basic Sector

Sectoral Representative for Artisanal Fisherfolks