Fisherfolk rep sits as BFAR Director PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:32

By RG Antonet Go

A fisherfolk representative from Labason Zamboanga del Norte was formally installed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as Fisherfolk Regional Director in Dipolog City last Tuesday.

The appointment of Genaro Batomaque, the new director, is in line with a Special Order designating a fisherfolk representative for the entire month of May as BFAR head.

The appointment is also in connection with the celebration of 13th Fisherfolk Month with the theme “Mangingisdang Director para sa Matatag na Balikatan.”

The month of May, declared as Fisherfolk Month, gives due recognition to fisherfolks and highlights their role as active partners of the government in nation building.

As Fisherfolk Director, Balomaque shall assume the role of BFAR-9 Regional Director and learn the basics on the implementation and dissemination of BFAR’s key programs for the entire month.

AS such, he will also visit BFAR projects, facilitate turnover ceremonies, and attend lectures and orientations.

Through Balomaque’s appointment, sharing of experiences and raising of issues and concerns of the fisherfolk can be raised and addressed as well as ensure maximum participation of fisherfolk in the region.

“I feel happy as we are the co-partner of BFAR and we want financial assistance for fishermen,” Batomaque said.

Batomaque replaced former Fisherfolk Regional Director Aquino Kalbi from Isabela city.

The regional fisherfolk representative is chosen by their fisherfolk constituents thru the regional fisherfolk assembly.

The process of selection is facilitated by BFAR in line with the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. (RGAAGo)