Pangasinan thanks BFAR for P15-M equipment, boats

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Governor Amado Espino III on Tuesday thanked the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for turning over to Pangasinan fishermen PHP11.8 million worth of post-harvest facilities and equipment and another Php3.8 million worth of fishing boats.

Espino specifically thanked BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona and Regional Director Nestor Domenden for these facilities that will mean a lot for the marginal fishermen.

The post harvest facilities include one mechanical fish sorter, 12 stainless tables, 10 fish processing kits for deboning, 25 basins and chopping boards, 75 cooler boxes, two stainless smoke houses, five fish carts and production related projects like one ring net, six payao materials and 70 pieces of artificial reef.

These facilities went to fishermen from Labrador, Binmaley, Lingayen, Labrador, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Mangaldan, San Fabian and Dagupan.

Meanwhile, BFAR also turned over 20 units of 30-foot fishing boats, seven units 38-foot fishing boats and two units of 20-foot fishing boats to fishermen associations in Alaminos City and Bolinao.

All these facilities were delivered by BFAR to Pangasinan last Friday.

Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya said the facilities will certainly boost the fish catch and incomes of small fishermen in Pangasinan and improve their lives and of their families.

Molina said on top of agriculture, fishery is another industry that Pangasinan is famous for because of its long coastline and numerous rivers teeming with fish.