BFAR unveils P4 million soft livelihood projects in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 17:12

BANGUINGUI, Sulu –The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has unveiled a P4-million package of soft livelihood projects and support programs for the marginal fishermen of this town

BFAR Director  Atty Asis G Perez said the soft livelihood projects and  support programs  whichhe unveiled here are all aimed to  alleviate  the poor living condition of the people which  are composed mostly of fishermen and sea farmers.

Among the projects that Perez has  unveiled were 28 16 horse power motor boat engines: P500,000 for the construction of 10 shallow payao in selected areas; P1million for  the purchase of seaweeds farm materials: and P1 million for the construction of an ice maker.

Rep Nur Anna Sahidulla (2nd District, Sulu) also allotted  P2 million to augment the amount given by BFAR  for the purchase of  seaweeds farm materials for the sea farmers.

Perez also bared his plan to turn some selected  sites  or coastal sea areas of  this town into  a hatchery sites for  high value fish including bangus.
He said that  some coastal sea areas  of this town embrace the needed potentials for a natural hatchery site for  high value fish and  bangus fry.

The BFAR chief said that  high value fingerlings (fish seedlings)  can be sold at a good market price and is now in demand in most  areas in the country particularly in provinces where some traders are  engaged in mariculture.

“What is needed here is only  the continuous campaign of the local government of Banguingui led by Mayor Abdulwahid Sahidulla against dynamite  and cyanide type of fishing and other types of fishing that could destroy the sea beds and  kill the fish fry,” Perez said.

“If this natural hatchery  project here can be realized, the local economy will  surely improve and very soon most of our fishermen here  will be able to enjoy life like  others do,” he said.

For his part, Mayor Sahidulla  vowed  to  continue to ban fishermen from engaging in dynamite or cyanide fishing in order to improve the local economy.

Sahidulla through a  local ordinance, banned fishermen from engaging in illegal fishing as he formed a bantay dagat team   to help enforce  the edict.

His wife, Rep. Sahidulla, also vowed to bring in more livelihood projects for the poor people of her district this year.

She said a series of soft  livelihood projects and programs will be implemented this  year as part of her commitment  to bring development in the entire 2nd district of Sulu.

The lady legislator said her congressional office staff members are now on their final stage in classifying livelihood projects suitable for the towns of Banguingui, Kalingalan Caluang,  Lugus, Luuk, Old Panamao, Omar, Pandami, Panglima Estino, Pata, Siasi and Tapul that comprises here district whose combined population  is estimated at 342,544 based on the  2007 records of the National Statistics Office.

The livelihood projects and support programs  she said will be implemented  in her district  this year  in cooperation with some national government agencies and the local government units of the locality. — Nonoy E. Lacson