BFAR earmarks P12.7M for fish landing sites, engines in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:15

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

In line with its program on poverty alleviation, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Monday turned over to the City Government, four certificates of award for the construction of community fish landing centers and 200 units of pumpboat engines for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and indigents.

BFAR Regional Director Ahadullah Sajili presented to Mayor Beng Climaco during the flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall Monday, the certificates of award for the establishment of fish landing centers in Labuan, Arena Blanco, Mangusu and Logpond in Tictapul at a cost of P3 million per unit.

The Community Fish landing centers follow the concept of a “bagsakan center” for agriculture products. In this case, the centers will be used for fish and fishery products at the same time will serve as multi-purpose centers where the concerned associations will hold meetings, skills training and data gathering activities.

The certificates of award confirm the availability of funds for the construction of the projects subject to guidelines set in a memorandum of agreement.

On the other hand, the 5 horse power pumpboat engines are intended for internally displaced persons and indigents who depend on seaweed farming and fishing for   their livelihood. Each recipient must own a non-motorized banca. Identification of the beneficiaries were done by the City Agriculturist Office in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, City Social welfare and Development Office and camp managers. Each engine costs P3,920.00

Recall that Mayor Climaco requested BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez, during the latter’s visit to the City last year, to come up with projects and programs for the benefit of the IDPs who are mostly engaged in fishing and seaweed farming.

The pumpboat engines and the certificates of award for the fish landing centers are results of the representations made by the mayor.

In the recent months, BFAR assisted qualified residents of the city through the grant of seaweed inputs to include seedlings, binders, nylon as well as bangus fry. — Sheila Covarrubias