The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas, through the Bohol Provincial Fishery Office, has turned over more than P2.8 million worth of projects to the small-scale fishermen and fisherfolk organizations in the province.
To further support food security measures, PFO Bohol head Candido Samijon said the office recently awarded the fishing projects or materials to the identified beneficiaries from the municipalities of Calape, Buenavista and Talibon.
“BFAR7 is providing appropriate fisheries livelihood through the SAAD project, along with other DA-BFAR projects, to increase fishery production and to improve family income among marginal fishers,” he said.
Samijon said this activity, which is in coordination with BFAR7-Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division (RFTFCD), is part of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (Saad) program in 2019.
“Also with this, we are imparting technical knowledge and financial literacy to the fisherfolk that is very beneficial for long-term sustainability of the turned-over projects,” he said.
As practiced, the recipients are oriented and provided hands-on training on how to use and manage these eco-friendly and modern fishing materials after the turnover ceremony.
Samijon said the turnover activities started on August 6 in Barangay San Isidro, Calape town where at least 20 individuals and one people’s organization (Looc Coastal Developers Association), which has 35 members, benefited from the oyster culture projects and marine fish cage technology worth P717,657.
He said the following day (August 7), PFO-Bohol distributed P1,102,050-worth of oyster culture projects to at least 45 beneficiaries from Buenavista town.
Talibon town beneficiaries had their turn on August 8 when P1,071,716-worth of Saad Projects was handed over to them. These projects are, namely: oyster culture amounting to P612,250; grown-out seaweed propagules and farm implements amounting to P232,200; and freshwater tilapia floating cages amounting to P227,266.
Samijon said the Saad projects from these three towns all amount to P2,891,423.
Moreover, PFO Bohol also earmarked more than P3 million for the procurement of fishing gears and materials for the other batch of recipients of the SAAD program, he said.
Samijon said the turnover of the P3,372,498-worth of Saad projects to the other three identified towns will continue in the next two weeks.
PFO Bohol has already scheduled the turnover for Ubay municipality this August 13; for Candijay on August 15; and for Mabini on August 22.
Samijon said the office will be giving out 15 units of payao; 25 units of oyster culture; and one unit of freshwater tilapia floating cage to Ubay beneficiaries. These projects cost P1,189,005.
He said the Candijay beneficiaries, on the other hand, will receive P930,620-worth of 38 units oyster culture.
He said the office allotted P1,252,870 for Mabini town for the purchase of 27 units of oyster culture; 30 units of grown-out seaweed propagules and farm implements; and one unit of freshwater tilapia floating cage that will be given to the fisherfolks there.