Article VIII

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC)

Section 56. Creation of Municipal FARMC Pursuant to Section 69 of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, municipal FARMC shall be established in this municipality. The municipal government shall provide assistance to the Municipal FARMC.

Section 57. Composition of Municipal FARMC The regular members of the Municipal FARMC shall be composed of the following: a. Municipal Planning and Development Officer; b. Chairperson of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Agriculture/Fisheries; c. Representative of the Municipal Development Council; d. Coastal Resource Management Officer; e. Representative from the accredited non-government organizations; f. Representative from the private sector. g. Representative from the Department of Agriculture; and h. At least eleven (11) fishers representatives [seven (7) municipal fishers, one (1) fishworker and three (3) commercial fishers] in each municipality which include representative from youth and women sector. The FARMC shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to govern its proceedings and election.

Section 58. Powers and Functions of the Municipal FARMC The Municipal FARMC shall have the following powers and functions: 1. To assist the municipal government in the implementation of programs and projects on coastal and fisheries resources management; 2. To assist the municipal government in the monitoring and evaluation of coastal fisheries resources management programs; 3. To advise the municipal government in the arbitration of disputes over fishery rights and sharing contracts; 4. To assist the municipal government in the conduct of public hearings and community consultations, in aid of the formulation of plans, policies and proposed ordinances and regulations; 5. To coordinate with law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of fishery and environmental laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; 6. To assist the municipal government in the promotion of comprehensive rehabilitation and conservation of municipal fishing grounds and coastal fishery resources; 7. To maintain an updated registry of municipal fishers; and 8. To perform such other functions the Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Development council and the Sangguniang Bayan may delegate, as provided by ordinance or resolution.