DA-BFAR brings fishery typhoon rehab mats to Ilocos Norte

January 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) joined hands with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte in rehabilitating the livelihood of over 600 municipal fisherfolk affected by recent calamities.
Held at the Centennial Arena of Laoag City on Wednesday, January 25, the awarding of over 10.8 million pesos worth of fishery projects and equipment was a joint effort to mend the typhoon damage to the livelihood of affected fisherfolk.
“We hope that these equipment and other fishery materials will grant you the opportunity to recover and improve your livelihood,” DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona told the Ilocano fisherfolk during his speech.
Turned over were 44,500 tilapia fingerlings, 424 units of fishing gears, 29 fiberglass boats, 12 chest freezers, 10 fish claddings, 4 fish stalls, 3 fish aggregating devices, and 2 smoke houses to fisherfolk beneficiaries and local government units from various municipalities in Ilocos Norte. Two Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLCs) were awarded to Bacarra and Pagudpud, while one Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) program worth 1.2 million pesos was conferred to Bacarra.
Also conducted was a brief dialogue between the Ilocano fisherfolk and Undersecretary Gongona. Together with Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, Laoag Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, and other municipal and provincial officials, the bureau director answered requests and committed more fiberglass boats and post-harvest facilities to the province.

“Just send us the formal, necessary requests and we will immediately act on them,” the director told the fisherfolk and local officials.
As part of its fisherfolk poverty alleviation program, the DA-BFAR has been continuously sending fisheries rehab materials to the Ilocos since the region was struck by Typhoon Lawin last October. With nearly 74,000 registered fisherfolk and having contributed 4,100 metric tons of fish last year, the region remains as one of the Department of Agriculture’s prime movers of agri-fisheries development in Luzon.

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