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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Caraga fisherfolks urged to strengthen organizational efforts

By Salve M. Dinolan

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 23 (PIA) -- During the recent field visit of current national fisherfolk director (NFD) Dante Noces here in Caraga region, he repeatedly urged the local fisherfolks to strengthen the efforts of their organizations for them to benefit more from any developments.

The appeal of Noces, who is from Region 1, was in response to the illegal fishing concerns in the province of Dinagat Islands as expressed by the fisherfolks and lobster growers at the meeting in the municipality of Cagdianao.

According to Noces, fisherfolks shall help the government stop the illegal activities by taking care and guarding their respective cages.

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (FARMCs), on the other hand,  shall be empowered to lobby the local government unit (LGU) to create a task force and city/municipality ordinances to address these concerns.

Representatives from the National Anti-Poverty Council (NAPC) who were with Noces suggested that if all else fails, there is the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2018-59, which sanctions the LGU for their inaction towards the monitoring and regulation of fishery activities in the municipal waters as part of their territorial jurisdictions.

As for alternate livelihood programs to sustain the families of the lobster growers during off season, former regional fisherfolk director (RFD) Ruben Timogan encouraged the group to engaged in marine culture such bangus, tilapia, fish coral, seaweed farming, among others.

The wives can also do the marketing or do some handicrafts.

Noces, Timogan and this year’s RFD Rebustiano Patayon, Jr. also paid a quick visit at a lobster and grouper farm in Barangay Cabunga-an, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands.

The Fisherfolk Directors Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Res#CaragaFisherfolksources (BFAR) is in pursuant to the provisions of Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Order No. 88, series of 2005, which states that one fisherfolk leader is chosen to act as BFAR director at the national and regions levels in the whole month of May as one of the highlights of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month celebration.
During the month-long stint, the fisherfolk leaders are expected to provide insights and recommendations to advance the services of the bureau to the public.

Also, the regular BFAR directors are required to undertake a 2-week community immersion program in coastal villages to help them in drawing up more responsive programs and effective implementation strategies for its clients. (BFAR-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Fishery art exhibit showcased in ‘One Surigao’ celeb

By Salve M. Dinolan

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 23 -- In time with the 118th Founding Anniversary of “One Surigao” on May 14-15, 2019, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Caraga featured several photos and paintings through a fishery art exhibit.

BFAR, together with other stakeholders from the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, participated in the Agri-Aqua Trade Fair.

The celebration also highlighted the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Rare Philippines represented by its vice president Raquel Sanchez Tirona and BFAR-Caraga through regional director Visa Tan-Dimerin for the Fish Forever/Fishing for Climate Resilience Project.

Fish Forever is Rare’s comprehensive and community-led solution to revitalizing coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses; protecting biodiversity; and securing the livelihood of the coastal communities.

"One Surigao" event was hosted by the provincial government office of Surigao del Norte held at the Surigao Sports Complex. (BFAR-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)