Benguet fisherfolk receive 40 fishing boats

BOKOD, Benguet -- To uplift the socio-economic status of fisherfolk through provision of disaster-resilient fishing boats, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Cordillera Administrative Region turned over 40 motorized fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats to fisherfolk of Bokod (Ambuklao) and Itogon (Ampucao, Binga, Dalupirip) in Benguet.

 

Such undertaking is in line with the F/B Pagbabago Livelihood and Development Program under the BFAR’s Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation program where the bureau allotted P5 million for the construction and fabrication of 60 FRP boats in the Cordilleras.

Beneficiaries of the program are the small scale fishermen and fisher folk associations across the country who are duly registered in the Municipal Fisher folk Registration System (MFRS). Each boat includes a 7.5 hp motor engine and two units gill net benefitting 80 fisher folk families since ownership of the boat is two families to one unit to encourage teamwork and also prevent the abuse or sale of the boats which has been the problem of similar programs.

Fiberglass is used because it is more durable which can last for 20 years with less maintenance than the commonly used wooden boats which can only be used for three years and requires frequent maintenance. Desto Salve, 54, one of the recipients, said the boats will be useful especially that he depends on fishing for livelihood for more than ten years.

This activity is also part of the Bureau’s effort in helping communities develop their fishery technology in the dams which has been the major fishing ground of most fisher folk in the region. Aside from this, the remaining 20 FRP boats will be awarded to the fisher folk of Ifugao this September.

It has been noted CAR has recorded a total of 309 registered boats in the Municipal Fishing Vessel and Gear Registration of the bureau. (PR)

 

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Asin Hot Springs

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