This is part of the program Empowering Local Communities to Accelerate Change (ELCAC) program of BFAR which aims to help the fisher folk to improve their resources. Further, ELCAC aims to empower local communities to promote the development, conservation, management, protection and utilization of fisheries and aquatic resources.
According to Kay Coloma, Project Staff of BFAR, they will be conducting an orientation and skills training about Aqua culture and fisher folk organizing that will be held in Bontoc Samoki Valley Inn and Hotel. The participants are the fisher folk who are registered on the ELCAC program. These fisher folk will be coming from Barangay Dalican, Mainit and Guinaang.
The said training will teach the fisher folk on how to breed and farm fish species in fresh water and marine areas. BFAR is also giving free fingerlings such as tilapia and carpa to those who are registered on ELCAC. In addition, they are helping the fisher folk to package their fish in a marketable price.
Coloma stressed that they have chosen this three barangays because they are one of the far flung areas in Bontoc, Mountain Province. They are reaching out these areas to help them utilize and manage their resources properly.
Through this training, the fisher folk is expected to appreciate and apply their learnings on their respective barangays in improving and managing their livelihood which is fishing. This will help them increase their income and also in nurturing their resources.// Janice Ogalde, BSU-DevCom Intern