LAOAG CITY — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to turnover on Thursday, March 9, another community fish landing center (CFLC) in the coastal village of Bobon, Burgos town, making it the sixth to fully operate this year.
Worth PHP3 million, fisherfolk beneficiaries are expected to improve their catch as the CFLC also comes with post-harvest equipment and tools to preserve the good quality of their fish and other value adding products to command a higher price.
In Ilocos Norte, the BFAR has allocated more than PHP27 million for the establishment of CFLC in the coastal municipalities of Badoc, Pasuquin, Bangui, Paoay, Laoag, Currimao, Bacarra, Pagudpud and Burgos.
Arthur Valente, Fishery Regulatory Coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office said the construction of fish landing sites hopes to improve the socio-economic conditions of fisherfolk communities with high poverty incidence.
Launched in early 2015, the CFLCs are under BFAR’s umbrella program Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (TARGET).
The establishment of more fish landing sites nationwide is expected to reduce fisheries post-harvest losses from 25 percent to 18 percent or even lower.
As fishing continues to be the major source of livelihood to Ilocanos, the facility will also be opened as a venue for skills training on disaster-resilient fisheries-based livelihoods and resource management such as monitoring fish catch and stock assessment.
Consumers will also benefit from the project as they will have better access to safe and quality fishery commodities.
For her part, Gov. Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos has enjoined local officials and project recipients to utilize resources with utmost responsibility and accountability.
“We congratulate Burgos town as a potential fish breeder in the province, as this signifies progress and growth of aquatic development in Ilocos Norte as we strengthen self-sufficiency not only in agricultural production but also in fishery production,” said Marcos. PNA-northboundasia.com