BFAR turns over Community Fish Landing Centers in Ilocos Norte
PASUQUIN, ILOCOS NORTE – Damasa Baracao, 58, could not contain her joy when she received a certificate showing she was the owner of a fish stall made of stainless steel. The fish small has six partitions where different species of fish would be placed.
“ I have been vending fish for 38 years, and I am so happy to know that the government cared about me and gave me this nice and sturdy fish stall,” she said.
She is one of the nine fish vendors from Pasuquin who received stainless fish stalls from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region I office, and one of the 50 marginal fish vendors who received fish stalls.
Eight of them likewise received durable live fish aquarium where live fish are put for sale to consumers who want their fish realy fresh.
But more than the fish stall, Baracao can buy fish direct from the fishermen at the Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) in a coastal barangay of the town, overlooking the deep blue waters of the West Philippine Sea.
The CFLC, a two-storey concrete structure, would be the place where fishermen would bring and sell their catch to vendors and consumers.
The facility, constructed with a total amount of P2.8 million, is a project of the BFAR to help the fishing community with their industry.
“We just dock anywhere, and sell our catch right in the beach. Sometimes it becomes unsanitary because of the thrash around. With the CFLC, we have a clean place to bring our fish,” a fisherman from the village, said.
On April 21,the BFAR turned over the CFLC to the local government of Pasuquin represented by Mayor Felix Aguinaldo.
“We are very thankful for this project which is a big help to our fishermen,” he said.
Domenden said the CLFC would not only for landing fish, but would also be used as a venue for skills training, community organizing and information sharing, and fish catch monitoring and stocks assessment.
“With this facility, we can monitor the volume of fish catch and the quality of fish,” he said.
The BFAR Region I also turned-over a CFLC to the local government of Badoc on April 20.
The Ilocos Region is a recipient of six CFLCs from the BFAR central office which planned to complete 252 CFLCs in the entire country this year.
For Ilocos Norte alone, the total project package to be awarded amounts to P21,544,800.00.
The package include the CFLCs and livelihood projects to groups of fishermen or individuals.
The groups were given support for projects like sea garden and shellfish production, aquasilviculture, seaweed farming, fish polyculture, integrated farming, hooks and lines and others.
Some of the groups were also given motorized bancas.
There are 21 groups of fishermen with 293 members who received livelihood projects from the BFAR under its program that aims to reduce poverty incidence among fisherfolk by four percent.
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