The local government units of Samal and Balanga City emerged as the 2021 Fisheries Compliance Audit (FishCA) Regional Level Winners from the Province of Bataan.
According to a report from DILG Bataan, the City of Balanga led by City Mayor Francis Garcia was adjudged as the Regional Top Performer in central Luzon while the Municipality of Samal led by Mayor Aida D. Macalinao bagged the Third Placer FishCA award. The town of Sasmuan in Pampanga is the Second Placer.
FishCA is an assessment tool developed and implemented to monitor the compliance of coastal LGUs to pertinent provisions of the Philippine Fisheries Code, which sets the responsibilities of LGUs in the management of their respective city/municipal waters.
Various LGUs in Central Luzon were assessed by the Manila Bay FishCA Regional Validation Team composed of DILG, DENR, BFAR and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Politics (PPCRP). Both LGUs will receive incentives being adjudged as regional winners.
The City of Balanga, as the region’s top performer, will also advance in the national level validation to represent Central Luzon.