LAOAG CITY — In support of its booming tourism industry, the municipal government of Pagudpud is eyeing for the establishment of a fisherman’s wharf in Burayoc village, about 77 kilometers from this city.
Town mayor Marlon Sales said the wharf shall be equipped a multi-functional docking area for small and big fishing vessels as well as yachts to stay in Pagudpud.
During a fishermen’s forum with Undersecretary Eduardo Gongonan of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources who visited Laoag City recently, Sales personally brought this matter to him citing the fish port would be of great help to marginalized fishers who barely eat once a day during typhoon.
According to Sales, the BFAR could help fund around PHP 40 to 60 million to finance the project in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Old fishermen in Burayoc said a fish port used to be available in this coastal village but it was left unmaintained.
As one of the major programs of BFAR, the agency has been giving various fishing materials and allocating funds for the establishment of more community fish landing centers to improve the fishing industry.
Gonggonan urged fishermen nationwide to organize themselves as a cooperative for them to have open access to financing and help them become more productive. PNA-northboundasia.com