1st Basilan fisheries and aquaculture summit held PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:03

Upon the initiative of Governor Jim S. Hataman Salliman, the Provincial Government of Basilan with the participation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) held the 1st Basilan Fisheries and Aquaculture Summit at the Basilan State College Amphitheater last September 21, 2017.

This one day affair was attended by a total of 322 fisherfolks from all over the province. The 11 municipalities and 2 component cities were equitably represented. Some municipal mayors headed by the President of the Provincial League of Municipal Mayors Hon. Hanie Bud were likewise in attendance during the Summit.

It was gathered that the summit served as a" prelude for the province to push for a fishery-based economic development without endangering the ecology that provides habitat for various fish species and aquatic resources thereby ensuring food security and sustainable future.

Governor Salliman in his welcome message, emphasized the need to establish a strong partnership with the stakeholders, market sector and the provincial government to improve the fishing industry in the province. He further stated that the provincial government intervention be institutionalized like creating a fishery desk in all LGUs to regularly monitor the affairs in the fishing industry.

The National Director of BFAR, Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona was the guest speaker at the opening of the Summit. In his speech, he announced the vital need to built post harvest facilities in the province such as cold storage. "The national government will provide funds for the purpose in accordance to the needs of the fisherfolks and upon their proposals", he said. He further encouraged the fisherfolks to organize themselves into cooperatives to have access to technology, financing and marketing. He called on all fisherfolks to abandon illegal forms of fishing, observe the 3 months fishing season and be vigilant against local and foreign poachers who are encroaching into the 15 km. radius municipal waters.

The highlight of the Summit was the conduct of a group workshop designed for the fisherfolks to identify issues and concerns affecting them and influences the fisheries sector. The result of the workshop was a resounding success as the inputs voluntarily offered by the participants will serve as a relevant data for policy direction of the province in fishing industry.

At the culminating part of the event, various government agencies presented its programs available to the fisherfolks. The DTI, TESDA,BFAR and DENR participated in making known the programs of their agency.

The fisherfolks were likewise entertained by a  raffle draw which granted to lucky winners a fiber glass made bancas, fishing gears and small motir engines. 100 bancas were given away as prices courtesy of the Autonomous Government of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).- PIO-Basilan