Sangali fishing port to get P120M rehab PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2015 11:52

by VIC LARATO

The fishing port in Sangali is expected to receive anytime soon a P120-million rehabilitation fund from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA)

Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries Asis G. Perez, a lawyer, announced this Wednesday when he visited this city to keynote the 1st Sardines Industry Conference.

Usec. Parez, who is also the national executive director of BFAR, pledged P120 million to renovate the Sangali Fishing Port and all its facilities, including the cold storage and warehouse.

Zamboanga City will likewise get P2 million incentive from BFAR for hosting the first-ever Sardines Industry Conference with the theme “Sardinas: Cuida Para Sustene La Vida.”

The sardines conference was organized by the Southern Philippines Deep Sea Fishing Association (SOPHIL), the Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Inc. and BFAR in coordination with the city government.

Mayor Beng Climaco welcomed this development as she expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Usec. Perez, BFAR, SOPHIL and IGZI for all their valuable contributions to the city of Zamboanga, its economy and people.

She also thanked the sardines industry for taking very good care of its more than 30,000 workforce, for which there has never been a labor strike in Zamboanga during Labor Day celebration every May 1 of each year.

The chief executive cited in particular the job fairs and assistance the eight canning factories have extended to the people of this city and other places hit by natural disaster like the “Yolanda” typhoon victims in Tacloban, and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga.

“As far as the city government, we initiated the Investment Incentives Board to lure new investors, and we have done this to new companies that opened in the city,” she said.

She also shared her experience from a recent trip to China for the 12th China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning City where she observed the massive infrastructure for the fishing and aquatic resources.

“We may be lagged 30 years behind China as far as infrastructure buildup, but I observed we have the advantage over China. We have the abundance of aqua-culture resources, and ours is incomparable to China’s,” Climaco said, and she called on the sardines or fishing industry here to “take care of this very precious resource (aqua-culture).

To the sardines industry and stakeholders, Climaco posed this question: “Where do you want to take the sardines industry 30 years from now?”

“The future of sardines industry lies in our hand,” she pointed out.— Vic Larato