Water beggars in the Philippines diving for money.

Not something I am fond of is giving money to people begging. At the same time as you can see they dive for the money as people throw coins into the water for them. These are sea gypsy’s that have come up from the South to Cebu. Its a sign of how poor fishing has become when people begin to beg rather than rely on their age old traditions of relying on the sea to provide. Over fishing has hammered the seas and oceans and around the Philippines its probably got more to do with its neighbours to the country than the Philippines itself. Poaching by the Chinese fishing vessels and Thailand are common but not only the fish but also protected species like turtles are often being caught for sale. What is even sadder is its not even the fishermen that profit from the illegal trade but the corrupt and the rich selling on the goods.

The big question is how realistically can you protect not only the species of the seas but also those who rely on it so much.



About Matt Wilkie

Matt Wilkie experienced Asset Surveyor and FM Manager. Loving the chaos of mobilisation, transition and change management in getting contracts up and running.
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