Fisherfolk get P800,000 worth of inputs

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Monday, February 10, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The indigent fisher folk for Pampanga’s coastal towns received P800,000 worth of fishing gears and equipment fishery inputs from Governor Lilia Pineda yesterday in celebration of the Countryside Development Month that highlights the importance of sectors in countryside development and the local and national economy.

Eliza Rey Munoz said that the Capitol’s celebration is in compliance with President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 212, which declared February 2012 as Countryside Development Month.

The celebration aims to "underscore the need to ensure that the framework for countryside development is consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016." The event also highlights the importance of rural development in relation to economic growth as well as the need to recognize farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity, the proclamation explained.

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With this, the Provincial Government through Governor Pineda released 300 packs of tilapia fingerlings, gill nets, and boat motors to the beneficiaries who attended the morning ceremonies at the Capitol.

The distribution is seen to help boost the income and yields of the fishermen as pushed by the governor. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources gave pieces of fish gears (P528,500), fingerlings (P135,000), and marine equipment (P65,000).

Pineda underscored the importance of supporting the local economic sectors, particularly those in the far-flung and coastal communities who still rely on agriculture. The governor also assured the continuing support of Capitol to countryside development.

She thanked BFAR for the "sustained support to the fishermen." Earlier, the two-term governor, Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan and the BFAR gave some P330,00 worth of fishing gear to fishermen in the coastal town and nearby Masantol.

Pineda also gave livelihood loan assistance to wives and relatives of fishermen as part of her "Negosyo Keng Panyulong" program. She wanted those left at home to earn by engaging in small businesses while their husband or relative is out fishing.

The BFAR said that there are at least 4,104 municipal fisherfolk in Pampanga. It added that there are some 4,812 hectares of freshwater fishpond with 3,685 operators and 11,678 hectares brackish water fishpond with 1,609 operators in the province.

The BFAR said the major aquaculture commodities in Pampanga are tilapia, bangus, sugpo and mud crab. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Pampanga head Myrvi Favia also attended the event.

The Capitol, she said, is now studying ways on how to modernize the local agricultural sector in Pampanga. The month-long celebration highlights the five "pillars" of sustainable agricultural modernization and growth: access to capital and credit; access to market; roll-out of infrastructure; increased investments in and access to research and development, and knowledge transfer; as well as community organizing for farmers, fisherfolk and agricultural workers.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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