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  Dinagat to Intensify fishery law enforcement
  with patrol boats from BFAR

The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), Region 13, led by Regional Director Visa Tan-Dimerin and represented by Asst. Regional Director Edgardo P. Balambao, turned-over two units of 30-footer fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) patrol boats, equipped with 16-horsepower twin gasoline marine engines and underwater fittings, to the Provincial Government of Dinagat Island through Congressman Alan I B. Ecleo, the Vice Chairman on Aquaculture and Fisheries, last March 2, 2020.

The initiative is under the FB Pagbabago Program, which is designed to provide modern and disaster-resilient fishing boats and resource-appropriate fishing gears.  The said program spearheaded by BFAR National Director Eduardo B. Gongona also supports Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar’s  Masagang Ani at Mataas na Kita approach to uplift the economic status of both Filipino farmers and fisherfolk.

Also present in the activity were BFAR-Provincial Fisheries Officer Mansueto Cadelina and staff, OIC-Regional Maritime Unit-13 PLtCol Hadji Ballangan and his team, and the beneficiaries from Barangays R. E. Ecleo Sr. and Mabini of the Municipality of Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, represented by Punong Barangays Zacarias Gumamera and Alexsander Eraya, respectively.

Cong. Ecleo thanked DA-BFAR for heeding their request, and for the agency's constant support to the local government. He also promised the beneficiaries to provide the outrigger of the patrol boats.

Asst. Dir. Balambao in his message assured the Congressman and the beneficiaries that DA-BFAR will continue to support the livelihood projects of Dinagat and its enforcement of fishery laws.

"Take good care of the patrol boats... these are of great help in your livelihood and in the implementation of fishery laws," Balambao said.

"We are thankful for the support of the Congressman and of BFAR. We now have a boat to catch and stop illegal fishing activities," Punong Barangay Gumamera responded.

PLtCol Ballangan added that the Maritime Group in Caraga is always ready to assist BFAR in curbing illegal fishing activities in Dinagat and the entire region.