The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-Region) has forged an agreement with Cebu’s Second Congressional District for the provision of livelihood assistance and training to fishermen in southern Cebu.
BFAR-Region 7 Alfeo Piloton and Congressman Wilfredo Caminero signed August 2 (Friday) the Memorandum of Agreement at the latter’s farmhouse in Alcoy for the implementation of the agency’s projects in the municipalities in the Second District.
Piloton said BFAR-7 earmarked more than P500,000 in purchasing fishing materials and supplies that will soon be given to the fishermen in the towns of Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Samboan and Santander.
Piloton said the agency recognizes the need to promote food security by increasing fish production through the transfer of fisheries technology and training to fisherfolks as direct participants in the proper management of the marine resources.
“In support to the National Fisheries Program of the government, BFAR Region 7 has assessed and identified the need to provide training and livelihood assistance to fisherfolks in the Second District of Cebu,” he said.
Under the agreement, BFAR-Region 7 will provide to these seven municipalities the fishing materials or boats amounting to P585,262 to further uplift the socio-economic conditions of the fishermen.
In Argao, BFAR-7 is giving out two units of drift gillnet amounting to P44,140.
In Dalaguete, BFAR-7 is set to disperse 2,700 kgs of seaweed seedlings that is worth P40,500.
In Alcoy, BFAR-7 is distributing six units of set longline worth P37,980.
BFAR 7 will also be turning over two units of motorized fiberglass boats each to the municipalities of Boljoon, Oslob and Samboan. Each boat is worth P55,037.
In Samboan and also in Santander, BFAR-7 will be handing over three units of drift gillnet amounting to P22,070.
To recall, these concerned municipalities sought assistance before BFAR-7 for the agency to support the livelihood of the fishermen in the district’s coastal communities.
The support does not end there. BFAR-7 will also provide skills training and technical services on the construction and operation of these projects. Likewise, BFAR-7 will supervise in the construction using the recommended technology.
Moreover, BFAR-7 will coordinate with the local government units (LGU’s) and their respective Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Councils (FARMC) on the identification of sites as well as the selection and organization of fisherfolks who will be the beneficiaries of the hands-on training.
To further improve the daily income of the fisherfolk beneficiaries, BFAR-7 will also develop marketing strategies that will help fishermen sell better their products.
The regional agency has assured that it will provide technical support to the fisherfolks and cooperators to ensure the success and viability of the awarded project.
Furthermore, BFAR-7 will continue to monitor the operation and status of the awarded project regularly in coordination with the involved LGU’s.
The fisherfolks or fisherfolk organizations, on their part, have to submit to BFAR-Region 7 and the LGU’s monthly status and annual report of the project.
In the event that the beneficiary fails to sustain the operation and maintenance of the project, BFAR-7 may exercise its authority to repossess the project; to terminate the right of the beneficiary to operate the project, and to transfer the project to another interested fisherfolk in the area.
In another development, Caminero wishes to introduce inland fisheries in central Cebu to which BFAR-7 willingly agreed to and supported at.
The congressman presented his proposal prior to the signing of an agreement while taking his guests to a quick tour at his farmhouse in Barangay Nug-as, Alcoy town.
Both parties see the need to develop inland fisheries that will eventually complement marine aquaculture.
After the MOA signing, the officials discussed the proposal with the presence of personnel from the Land Bank of the Philippines, which is eyed as the source of funding for this initiative.