100 fisherfolk receive bancas

January 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment


SUAL -Around 100 marginal fisherfolk from Pangasinan and La Union will face a brighter 2017 as they received motorized bancas from the Department of Agriculture.Most of the fisherfok were displaced after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources banned the Danish seine fishing gear (buli-buli) and were not allowed to go to the sea for the past four months already.

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FISHING BOATS. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol inspects these motorized fishing bancas prior to a ceremonial distribution to fishermen-beneficiaries last December 29 in Sual.CESAR RAMIREZ

One of the beneficiaries of a motorized boat is Diosdado Colon, 48, from Dagupan City. He used to be the captain of a fishing vessel that used buli-buli in the Lingayen Gulf. Colon knows no other way to earn a living as he was into fishing since he was 14 years old. He was thus at a loss on where to go after the ban on buli-buli was strictly implemented.

“This is a big help from the government,” he said, as he received a 30-footer  fiberglass boat equipped with a 16 HP marine engine worth P80,000 from Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona.

The distribution was done  during the turn-over and awarding of fishery products and dialogue with fisherfolk from the two provinces, at the municipal commercial port in this western Pangasinan town on Thursday.

Colon said he would be sharing the boat with his brother and two adult children who are also into fishing.

Another fisherman, Rudy Palanas Jr., 47, resorted to gathering shells to earn a living, after he lost his job as a worker of a buli-buli vessel. Palanas, 47, is a father to seven children but the elder ones are already adult and he would be sharing the boat with them.

The 30-footer boats, which can be brought to deeper parts of the sea,  would be shared by four fisherfolk while the smaller ones would be shared by two.

The smaller ones can be used near the shore, Rolando Rabang, 51, from Bacnotan, La Union said. But even from one kilometer from shore, the the harvest can be enough for them as the fish population have greatly increased because of the marine sanctuaries and payaw (fish aggregating devices) established by the BFAR.

Rabang used to own a motorized banca but this was destroyed because it was already old.  He now uses a boat with a paddle.

 Pinol and Gongona distributed 70 fiberglass fishing boats to 99 fishermen, some of whom were given the 30-footer boats and the others,  with 20-footer ones with 5.5 HP engine.

The two also distributed checks for ten community fish landing centers (CFLC) worth P3 million each, or a total of P30 million.

  

Five CFLCs would be established in Pangasinan, in the coastal towns of  Anda, Bolinao and Lingayen, and Alaminos City. 

In La Union, the recipients of the CFLCs are the towns of Rosario, Caba, San Juan, Baloan, Bangar and San Fernando City.

The two top agriculture officials also turned-over three projects  worth P14.7 million under the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) program – a  P3 million CLFC in Infanta, Pangasinan; a P3 million mariculture park in Anda, Pangasinan; and a fish port worth P8,740,000 in Agoo, La Union.

The CFLCs are post-harvest structures compliant with food safety standard for better post harvest handling. They function as a trading hub for fresh catch and processed products, post harvest handling and processing center.

The CFLCs also serve as training centers (skills development, data collection for fisheries management), and information hub (registration and licensing for boats and gears, and for community meetings and events).

Pinol said the agriculture department is focusing on programs and projects that would benefit the farmers and fisherfolk, as “the next administration may not have the same caring for them as the Duterte Administration.”

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