DA Secretary Turns-Over P40M Worth of Fishing Gears, Projects to Caraga Fisherfolk
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga, has turned over P40,300,258 worth of Environment-friendly fishing gears and input assistance of its regular and that of Fisheries Coastal Resources And Livelihood (FishCORAL) projects were given to the Caraga fisherfolk last September 17, 2019 at the BFAR Masao Technology Outreach Station in Butuan City.
The turnover ceremonies during Sec. Dar’s visit to BFAR Caraga were also in time with the 56th Fish Conservation Week. In assistance to the turn-over were DA Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo, BFAR Caraga Regional Director Visa Tan-Dimerin and the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) Chief Dr. Westly R. Rosario.
Environment-friendly fishing gears and paraphernalia distributed included gill nets, hook & line, fish and squid pots, squid jiggers, spear guns, and spear fishing gadgets. Furthermore, livelihoods for projects such as fish ponds, fish cages, fry nurseries, bangus in HDPE cages, mangrove crab in pond, mangrove crab in mangrove areas, aquasilviculture and bottled sardines were awarded under the FishCORAL.
The Secretary advised the fisherfolk by saying that, “Ang mga makinarya na ibinigay, dapat natin i-maintain at sustain nang magagamit ninyo ng mas maraming taon.”
Big Brother, Small Brother Partnership
Dar also assured the beneficiaries that DA and BFAR will continue to assist and empower them through the Big Brother, Small Brother Partnership. “You must collectivize and group yourselves together because it is only through associations and cooperatives that in the future we will be giving assistance through the Regional Offices of the Department of Agriculture and BFAR,” he added.
Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita
At the forum, Secretary Dar emphasized that the vision in Agriculture is to have a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk, and the goal is to have a Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita. “We will see to it that the entire country will have enough, affordable, safe and nutritious food, and to also elevate the livelihood of our farmers and fisherfolk.”
On his 42nd day in the office as the Secretary of Agriculture, Dar has already been around the country including the provinces in Mindanao to personally have a dialogue and interact with the fisherfolk leaders, associations and cooperatives to hear first-hand their concerns and problems.