BFAR initiates recovery, rehabilitation programs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2014 14:00

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has initiated programs to help in the Zamboanga Rehabilitation program.

In his report to Mayor Beng Climaco, BFAR Regional Director Ahadulla Sajili, Al  Hadj said his office has started distribution of seaweed farm implements, fishing gear paraphernalia and fingerling disposal last March24 and the project is still ongoing up to present.

A total of 1,817 sets of seaweed farm implements worth P12,000 per set were distributed to 1,817 farmers covering the 6 districts of Zamboanga City. 194,100 pieces of seaweed floaters were also distributed.

Similarly, Sajili said, fishing gear paraphernalia were also provided to 1,295 fishermen. The package included 345 sets gill nets and 605 units hook and lines.

On the other hand, seed distribution was also part of the recovery and rehabilitation program implemented by BFAR. A total of 500 fishermen benefited from the distribution of bangus hatirin/fingerling.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco expressed gratitude to the BFAR for the initiatives but expressed hopes that the program will continue and will continue and will be expanded.

She stressed that the local government needs the support of all agencies in its recovery and rehabilitation plan following the 2013 siege.

Meanwhile, BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Climaco Friday morning. He is in the city to attend the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC) Conference.

Perez was accompanied by Sajili and other BFAR officials. — Sheila Covarrubias