by Jessica Reyes-CantosChief of StaffRep. Del R. de Guzman, Lone District, Marikina city
By TambuyogDevelopmentCenter, September 2003
, fisheries production and trade should enhance resource sustainability and food security for fisher-producers, in accordance with the mandate of the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the 1998 Fisheries Code. The mere liberalization of fisheries trade does not guarantee either resource sustainability or food security, particularly food security based on self-sufficiency or self-reliance. On the contrary, it only serves to worsen resource depletion and food insecurity, especially that of local communities that have traditionally used and depended on the now-heavily traded fishery and coastal resources.