BFAR awards projects to beneficiaries in Mt. Province

BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 5 (PIA) -- Director Lilibeth Signey of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Cordillera Administrative Region (BFAR-CAR)  recently turned over fishery projects to beneficiaries in the province.

These  include the roll over of  Barangay Fish Terminals (BFT), technical assistance, and distribution of  certificates to non-motorized banca beneficiaries and scholarship program beneficiaries.

The BFT, which aims to add income for community organizations,  benefits five associations namely the Gueday Fruit Wine Makers in the municipality of Besao; Ilaglakhan Livelihood Organization in this municipality; Tadian FARMC;  Heifer Partner Families Marketing;  and the Gabay Multipurpose Cooperative, both in the municipality of Sabangan.

Each of these associations received from the BFAR a 4 cubic feet chest freezer, one unit 10-kilogram weighing scale and an initial 115 kilograms of fresh marketable tilapia.

As stipulated in the memorandum of agreement entered into by and between BFAR-CAR, the concerned local government unit and the association beneficiaries,  the organizations are  tasked to return the equivalent capital cash to the Bureau after having sold the fish to be used for the procurement of  the succeeding batch of fish to be sold by the same organizations. Profits earned in selling the fish shall remain with the organizations.

For technical assistance, Signey turned over kits to each of the 11 identified beneficiaries who attended the postharvest training conducted by the BFAR which was one of the activities during the Lang-ay Festival 2018. The kit contains one butane stove, aluminum tray, knives, apron,  and deboning set.

In line with the fisheries development program, the BFAR also turned over two non-motorized banca to four registered fisherfolks of Banaao, Tadian.

Certificates of scholarship was also awarded to each of the 10th  batch scholars  who passed and qualified in the nationwide Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) qualifying examinations given last February.  The program awards a four-year college course  on scholarship grant basis leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Fisheries.

The FSP is implemented in two categories – one is the FSP for industry leaders which is exclusive among the top 10 of the senior high school graduating class, and the other is the FSP for Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) which is for senior high school graduating students whose parents are registered fisherfolk in their city or municipality.

The five scholars for academic year 2018 – 2022 under FCEG  are Glynis Lidab of Kin-iway, Besao; Jhoana May Amaling of Poblacion, Natonin; Philip Paul Paras-e of Upper Caluttit in this municipality; Sheenah Magpandol of Lingoy, Barlig and Shylinda Ponkiyes of Poblacion, Sadanga. Grace Calitong of Besao is the only qualified under the FSP for industry leaders.

Scholarship benefits under the FSP include free tuition fee; a monthly stipend of P4,000.00, semestral book allowance of P2,000.00, including  summer (as required in the course curriculum) commencing on the first semester of academic year 2018 – 2019; thesis/special problem support of P7,000.00; allowable transportation expenses for On the Job Training cost or practicum support of not more than P3,000.00; and graduation support of P1,500.00. Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.