Gov. Akbar supports BFAR’s ‘Fish for Peace in Mindanao’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:40

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar expressed yesterday her full support to the “Fish for Peace in Mindanao” program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This, as Akbar lauded the BFAR for cominng up with the program that would generate livelihood to the thousands of fisherfolks and seaweed farmers in ARMM in general and Basilan in particular.

The program, which has three major components, was launched in a local hotel yesterday by no less than BFAR national director Asis Perez.

The components are: Bantay Dagat Pangkapayapaan that seeks to address habitat protection; Binhi Para Sa Kapayapaan; and, KaPAYAOpaan for livelihood generation and resource rehabilitation.

The BFAR has initially earmarked P30.37 million, the highest so far provided for ARMM in the agency’s more than six decades of operation.

“This is the first time that serious attention is now being given by the government to ARMM,” Perez said.

Akbar said she is optimistic that the Fish for Peace in Mindanao program will uplift the economic living conditions of the people in ARMM, particularly that of the Basileños, whose province has rich marine resources.

This early, Akbar advised the Basilan fisherfolks and seaweed farmers who will be the program beneficiaries of BFAR to make good use of it since it will be for their own welfare.

Meanwhile, Akbar and the other officials in the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) areas, signed a covenant to protect the seas and provide fisheries-related livelihood projects to their constituents.