DA-BFAR Caraga kicks-off 2021 FFM celebration in Loreto, Agusan Sur
The DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Caraga has officially opened this year’s Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month (FFM) celebration with the theme “May Pandemya man o wala, Magsasaka’t Mangingisda Maasahan ng Bansa.”
For the very first time, the DA-BFAR Caraga held its opening ceremony and installation of the Regional Fisherfolk Director (RFD) at the very own hometown of the newly elected RFD Eddie G. Matula of Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
Training Division Chief and RFOC Focal Person Anna Melissa M. Talavera thanked the Honorable Mayor Lorife M. Otaza of the local government unit of Loreto for heeding the call of DA-BFAR Caraga to hold the launching of the 2021 FFM celebration in their locality on Thursday, May 6.
Talavera said that the regional fisherfolk directorship program is one of the highlighted events of DA-BFAR’s observance of the month-long celebration with its theme, “Mangingisdang Direktor: Pagsulong ng Balikatan sa Gitna ng Pandemyang Hamon sa Bayan.”
Assistant Regional Director Edgardo P. Balambao also stressed that the fisherfolk directorship program was conceptualized in the spirit of volunterism emphasizing on the responsibility of the RFD as direct liason between the fisherfolk and DA-BFAR. OIC Regional Director Dr. Nilo Selim Katada conveyed his appreciation for the significant role of the farmers and fisherfolk as government partners in ensuring the food supply chain especially in the midst of the pandemic.
RFD Matula expressed his commitment and dedication as this year’s “Mangingisda Direktor” in Caraga region. Matula further noted that success is best achieve with everyone’s support and cooperation.
In his message, OIC Municipal Agriculturist and Administrator Samson S. Ramilo wished RFD Matula to have a wonderful and fruitful stint in his directorship.
For the whole month of May, the newly installed RFD will sit as the Regional Director and get a glimpse of the DA-BFAR’s operations, to further dramatize the empowerment and participation of fisherfolk as government partners in the conservation, protection and management of the fisheries and aquatic resources.