FishR launched in Oro-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Northern Mindanao Region launched recently the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR at Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.
The gathering aims to communicate the key messages and benefits of FishR and to generate strong support of the local officials.
Mayors, governors, municipal agriculture officers and technicians from the cities and municipalities of the provinces of Northern Mindanao attended the launch.
BFAR regional director Asis Perez said that FishR aims to collate information as benchmark for the national database of fisherfolk from the municipalities.
The data will be used in designing programs to help local municipalities in managing, regulating, conserving and protecting fishing resources and establishing a comprehensive fishery information system.
FishR is open to all workers directly and indirectly involved in fishing activities like fishermen, fish vendors, fish farmers, and even those working in commercial fishing vessels.
The national registration is set to start this December and is expected to cover the backlog in the database within one year period.
With this, Perez urged fisherfolk to register and be counted for them to enjoy the FishR benefit package which includes the provision of alternative livelihood and social protection insurance.
The program will likewise facilitate the construction of various fish ports, processing and storage facilities in the countryside.
Perez further cited that with the administration’s bid in advancing the fishery industry, the fisherfolk registration, will not remain as a regulatory measure but rather as a key to services and benefits from the government. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 26, 2013.