BFAR awards communal fish landing center to Paoay, Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY -— Overlooking the deep blue sea, a two-storey building situated near the sand dunes and green hilly portion of Masintoc vaillage, Paoay town will soon become a busy trading center for fishermen, seafood vendors, consumers and visitors alike.

On Thursday afternoon, June 15, Regional Director Nestor Domenden of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Paoay Mayor Jessie Galano led a simple ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official turnover of the Php3-million worth community fish landing center (CFLC) in this village.

The facility also comes with the establishment of a technology demonstration project on at least seven units of freshwater fish cage, fish polyculture of malaga and bangus, aquasilviculture and shellfish culture oyster for a total worth of Php 414,928.

Allocated in the 2016 and 2017 budget, this is now the sixth of its kind to fully operate in Ilocos Norte this year, said Arthur Valente, Fishery Regulatory Officer of the Provincial Agriculture Office.

In his short speech, Domenden enjoined all stakeholders to make use of the facility as a landing and trading center of fish and other seafood products.

The establishment of more CFLCs in coastal municipalities nationwide is one of the national government’s commitments to uplift the living conditions of the marginalized sector particularly fishers, traders and consumers to have ready access to fresh, safe and affordable fishery products.

The CFLC is also envisioned as a training venue for fish processing, proper sanitation, proper handling and marketing, including conservation and protection of fisheries resources.

With its proximity to the famous sand dunes of Paoay which is being frequented by tourists, town mayor Galano also plans to develop the site as municipal beach park. Leilanie Adriano/