Badjaos gagawing sea patrollers nina BBM-Sara

Badjaos gagawing sea patrollers nina BBM-Sara

January 19, 2022 @ 6:08 PM 4 months ago


Manila, Philippines – Target gawin ng mag-tandem na sina Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. at Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte na “sea patrollers” ang mga Badjao upang maprotektahan ang marine environment at maiwasan ang illegal fishing.

Ayon sa BBM-Sara UniTeam, taglay ng Badjaos ang “effective force multipliers in implementing our marine environment protection laws.”

“Being expert fishermen, deep-sea divers, and navigators, Badjaos possess the skills to become effective ‘Bantay Dagat’ deputies,” lahad pa ng UniTeam.

“Their heritage and culture have always been tied to the sea, and they can be an invaluable ally in our environmental protection efforts.”

Tiniyak din ng UniTeam ang access sa livelihood projects at education opportunities para sa Badjaos upang hindi sila magpakalat-kalat sa Metro Manila at manlimos.

“Like most Filipinos, they [Badjaos] too aspire for a brighter future. We see livelihood and education as the two essential elements to lift them out of poverty. We commit to giving that to them. No one will be left behind. Sama-sama tayong babangon muli, ” ayon pa sa UniTeam.

“It is time for us to end this unwritten policy of exclusion against the Badjaos. They are Filipinos and deserve the opportunities available to everyone. They must be treated with respect and dignity and not herded like cattle every time they are apprehended. This kind of callous treatment must stop.” RNT/FGDC