The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource – Region 1 has distributed anew 23-Million pieces of bangus fry to eight local government units (LGUs) of Pangasinan on October 3 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
The said distribution forms part of the immediate fish production support program of BFAR for rehabilitation and restoration of disrupted fish supply chains in Luzon and in support of the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19 Program of the Department of Agriculture.
The eight LGU recipients of the 23-M bangus fish fry in the province with a total number beneficiary of 212 are, as follows: Lingayen (11,300,000), Binmaley (5,300,000), Labrador (2,900,000), Calasiao (1,800,000), Bugallon (1,200,000), Mangaldan (200,000), Sual (100,000) and Dagupan City (200,000).
The first distribution with 19-M pieces of bangus fry was held in the 1st district of Pangasinan on September 25.
BFAR-Region I Chief Aquaculturist Remely Lachica bared that this program aims to increase the fish-farming operations as well as harvesting in Luzon which have been greatly affected by the restriction of movement of person and other inputs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Nakita naming na isa itong magandang suporta sa ating mga fisherfolk na hindi na sila mahihirapan sa pag-secure ng mga papeles and other requirements. Si government na ang gumawa at nagbigay tayo ng ayuda sa kanila, particularly itong bangus fish fry para makapagsimula na sila sa kanilang fish-farming activity,” said Lachica.
Of the 55-M pieces of bangus fry allocated for the region, 42-M pieces were allotted for Pangasinan alone, Lachica added.
The BFAR-Region I chief aquaculturist noted that beneficiaries were selected based on the guidelines and requirements of the BFAR.
“Yung selection ay naka-base sa criteria. Una, dapat rehistrado sila na fisherfolk. Pangalawa, tinignan natin kung sila ay isa sa mga naapektuhan ang kanilang livelihood dahil sa pandemic,” Lachica bared noting that the BFAR also coordinated with the provincial government and also the respective LGUs to gather and validate the data.
As a social responsibility, beneficiaries will donate 10% of the survival rate of the bangus fry back to BFAR.
“Yung ibabalik nila sa amin, gagamitin din namin para i-provide sa iba pang fisherfolk,” Lachica also stated underscoring that the BFAR will also conduct monitoring in partnership with the LGUs to assure the effectivity of this activity.
The province of Pangasinan, on the other hand, expressed its gratitude to DA through BFAR for their constant support to fisherfolks and farmers of the province.
Office of Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) Supervising Aquaculturist Zenaida Ugaban noted that this will boost the fish production support of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, which is one of the main activities of Abig Pangasinan.
“Itong programang ito ay malaking tulong sa industriya ng bangus at malaing tulong din ito sa ating mga fish pond operators,” Ugaban stated.
At present, the provincial government through the Provincial Agriculture Office maintains three tilapia hatcheries in the province located in San Quintin, Sta. Barbara and Lingayen which provide tilapia fingerlings dispersed in communal bodies of water in the province, OPAG supervising aquaculturist also added.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Philip Llamas, Modz Magat & Jin Perez)