BFAR, LGU forge pact for P11.4M fish landing hubs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:53

by Sheila covarrubias

The City Government and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday formalized a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of four community fish landing centers (CFLC) in Zamboanga at a total cost of P11.4 million.

Mayor Beng Climaco and BFAR Regional Director Ahadulla Sajili spearheaded the MOA signing at the Astoria Hotel which coincided with the turnover of 6 mobile tablets for use of the City Agriculturist Office in its motor boat registration tasks. City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat witnessed the activity.

The CFLCs, costing P2.85million each, follow the “bagsakan center” concept for agriculture products. It will be used for fish and fishery products and at the same time serve as multi-purpose centers where the concerned associations will hold meetings, skills training and data gathering activities.

The centers will be constructed in Tictapul, Mangusu, Labuan and Arena Blanco.

The MOA signing event Tuesday came after the BFAR last May 18 presented to Mayor Climaco the certificates of award for the CFLCs confirming the availability of funds for the project.  The project is in line with BFAR’s program on poverty alleviation.

Meanwhile, the 6 mobile tablets are turned over to each of the 6 agricultural districts in the city and will be used for motor boat registration covering all barangays from Vitali to Limpapa.

Last May 18, the BFAR also turned over 200 units of 5 horse power pumpboat engines  for internally displaced persons and indigents who depend on seaweed farming and fishing for   their livelihood. Each engine cost P3,920. — Sheila Covarrubias