BFAR distributes PHP19M-worth of assistance to Bataan fishermen

BALANGA CITY, Bataan — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday distributed some PHP18.98 million worth of various assistance to Bataan fishermen.

”We are distributing fishing gear, paraphernalia and other fishing equipment to the fishermen in Bataan to boost their income and at the same time, to protect them from the risks in the seas,” BFAR Region 3 director Lilian Garcia said.

Garcia said the different fishing gears and equipment are worth PHP18,985,850.71.

“This is just for this day. It is a continuing program because BFAR will conduct distribution again in the succeeding months,” the regional director said.

She said to benefit from the first handouts this year are 1,700 fishermen from 11 towns and one city in the province.

Among the items distributed were lantern lamps, portable solar lamps, life vests, marine engine, non-motorized banca and fiber glass boats; all worth PHP2.532 million.

Some fish vendors, on the other hand, received vending equipment in the form of tribicycles with side cars worth PHP195,000.

Meanwhile, small fishpond operators were given bangus and tilapia fingerlings worth PHP806,000 while Morong, Orani and Limay municipalities were awarded community fish landing centers totaling PHP8.55 million.

Balanga City, which is known for its smoke and dried fish industry, was awarded gillnets, smokehouse and vacuum packaging machines valued at PHP909,000.

The towns of Orani and Pilar got gillnets, weighing scales, fine mesh nets, crabnets, ice box coolers worth PHP1 million and Php1.194 million, respectively.

Recipients of the Bottom Up Budgeting projects worth PHP3.799 million were Orani and Limay municipalities. PNA/