BANGUED, Abra, May 7 (PIA) -- The marine life of the country’s inland water resources continue to be threatened as the quality of fresh water deteriorates, and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has come up with a program to address such situation.
BFAR-Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Lois June B. Fermin reported during the consultation with Abra stakeholders last April 30 at the ADTEMPCO Conference Hall here that of last year, BFAR had identified 16 percent of indigenous species of freshwater fish as endemic.
Because of this, BFAR has come up with a rejuvenation program dubbed as the BASIL Project.
The BASIL (Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa) Project is an enhancement of the the National Inland Fisheries Enhancement Program (NIFEP), a national program using a scientific approach on the fisheries enhancement of inland water resources which covers 36 minor lakes and 320 small reservoirs in the 16 regions of the country particularly in the upland and landlocked areas.
The BASIL Project gives priority focus on six major rivers in the country which include the Abra River, it being the fifth largest river in the country, and seven major lakes.
Since the BASIL Project entails collaboration with concerned local government units and member-agencies from the national government, projects that are directly involved in its promotion will be undertaken in partnership with the concerned LGUs.
Meanwhile, BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth L. Signey administered the oathtaking of Crisente C. Tolentino as the Mangingisdang Direktor ng Cordillera in line with celebration of the 29th Famers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month. Tolentino is the third from Abra appointed as Mangingisdang Direktor. Maria Teresa B. Beñas (ALT/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)