3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020 (RMC- PIA-CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

BFAR-CAR turns over fiberglass boats to Ambuklao fisherfolks

BOKOD, Benguet, Jan. 10(PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera (BFAR-CAR)  last week turned-over motorized fishing boats made from fiberglass to fisherfolks of Sitio Kiweng, Barangay Ambuklao   this town.


Forty fisherfolks received  20 units of 20-footer motorized fishing boats and their certificates of award during a simple ceremony along the Ambuklao River  from  BFAR-CAR Director Lilibeth Signey, Bokod municipal and Ambuklao barangay officials last  January 3.

BFAR-CAR officials led by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turn over Certificate of Award to fisherfolk of Sitio Kiweng, Barangay Ambuklao in Bokod, Benguet for the 20 units of 20-footer motorized fishing boats. (BFAR-CAR photos) 

Each fishing boat has two beneficiaries to promote shared ownership and responsibilities to ensure its upkeep and maintenance. In return, beneficiaries shall submit catch record to BFAR each time the boat is utilized for fishing and shall report any form of illegal and destructive fishing, Signey said.

The fabrication of the fishing boats was done by the beneficiaries themselves through the scheme "Bangka Ko, Gawa Ko"  that aims not just to provide livelihood assistance through the provision of FRP boats for the fishermen but to also encourage and build cooperativism among the fishing communities.

Signey said the project is part of BFAR's F/B Pagbabago Livelihood and Development Program in line with the DA-BFAR’s mandate to “Improve fisheries productivity and empower stakeholders towards food security, global competitiveness and climate change adaptation.”

F/B Pagbabago is a livelihood intervention of the DA-BFAR under its National Fisherfolk Program dubbed as Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation or TARGET.

It aims to uplift the economic status of Filipino fisherfolk through the provision of disaster-resilient fishing boats and resource-appropriate fishing gears, while at the same time empowering the fisherfolk and their families to become responsible resource users.

The program is anchored on a comprehensive approach to fisheries development following the Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management to ensure the sustainability of the resource and shall integrate the development of both production and marketing channels to enable fisherfolk to optimize economic returns, and thus improve their economic plight.

Forty fisherfolkbeneficiaries  receive  the 20 units of 20-footer motorized fishing boats and their Certificates of Award during a simple ceremony along the Ambuklao River. (BFAR-CAR photos) 

The turn over ceremony was also witnessed by Bokod Municipal Agriculturist Gerardo Beray, Sangguniang Bayan Chairman for Agriculture Johnny Sama, Councilor Alejandro Basilio, newly designated BFAR-CAR Chief of Fisheries Production Support Services Division Lois June B. Fermin, and Provincial Fisheries Officer-Designate for Benguet Arnulfo E. Taberna, Jr. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



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Mt. Province

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