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)