CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 10 installed a fisherfolk regional director (FRD) for the month of May in celebration of 16th Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Month.
In Talakayan sa PIA conducted at BFAR office on 2 May 2018, Regional Director Asuncion Maputol shared that this year’s goal is to recognize efforts of farmers and fishermen who constitute half of the national labor force in contributing to the country’s economic development.
Also, as part of the celebration, the Bureau elects a Fisherfolk Director for every region, under Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Order No. 88 series of 2005, with the theme “Mangingisdang Direktor para sa Matatag na Balikatan.” In addition, Fisheries Office Order No. 80, s. 2005 aims to provide the fisherfolk leaders a glimpse of the government’s regular operation, by electing a Fisherfolk Director in every region.
FRD Junreil F. Pacoy who hails from Plaridel town, Misamis Occidental will perform all the routinary functions of the regular directors, except those involving financial and policy-related matters, while the latter also undertakes immersion in the coastal communities.
Pacoy expressed his gratitude for being chosen the FRD for the entire month of May. He shared that this will be an opportunity for him to know and learn the process of the government at the same time address the needs of other fisherfolk groups especially those that belong in the poverty line.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Cantorne, BFAR planning officer revealed that the total population of registered Fisherfolks as of March 21, 2018 is 57,498. Among the total population, the poorest of the poor Fisherfolks based on the cross-matching are up to 10,000+ more or less. But then they have another updated cross-matching based on their generated data for 2015 which the population increased. In terms of parallelization of their project, they are still validating and monitoring to those who belonged to the “poorest of the poor” so that they will prioritize those Fisherfolks and provide them livelihood projects.
On the issue of cleanliness of water at sea, Asuncion admitted that it is a challenge for the communities to keep their coastal areas clean. BFAR conducts regular coastal clean-up but people must learn proper garbage disposal, otherwise it is just a cycle, she added.
Along with this, Asuncion also shared that educating people on proper waste disposal and segregation is the best solution to really lessen the wastes from coastal areas. She also encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to help by information campaign and do activities that would maintain cleanliness along coastal areas.
She also stated that the media is a tool to educate the community about these problems and corresponding solutions.
A total of 55 different activities are set for the whole region throughout the month of May. These include fingerling dispersal, conduct of trainings on capture and culture of fishery commodities and post-harvest trainings, “Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan” Information Caravan, IEC on the different fishery laws and regulations (Republic Act 10654, Fisheries Administrative Orders, cites list of prohibited species, etc), coastal clean-ups, mangrove planting and seaborne patrol, among others. (Jycyl Tongco/PIA 10 intern)
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