DA builds 2 fish landing facilities

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has completed the construction of P4-million worth of fish landing projects in two municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay, an official said.

DA-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer Melba Wee said the fish landing facilities were built in the town of Olutanga and Alicia through the DA's Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Project-2 (Selap-2).

Wee said the construction of the two facilities, each worth P2 million, was undertaken by the local government unit (LGU) beneficiaries.

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She said the LGU beneficiaries of the projects shelled out P222,222 as counterpart funds, which is more than 10 percent of the total cost of the project.

The fish landing facility, she added, will benefit at least 1,056 fishermen in Olutanga since fishing is one of the town's major livelihoods.

She also said that the construction of the fish landing facility will lessen the burden of the fishermen in bringing their fishing paraphernalia to their bancas and transporting their catch to the market.

The project will also ease the inconvenience of pupils who need to ride a banca in going to school, Wee said.

Olutanga is an island town rich in marine resources like fish, lobster, oyster, and the famous taclobo, among others.

Wee said the municipality of Alicia, like Olutanga, is abundant with world-class "Sari" fishes such as lapu-lapu, milkfish, salmon, lobster, tangigue, mantis and crabs that contribute mainly in the municipal's economy.

She said the construction of the fish landing in Alicia will reduce the transport expense of the fishermen in selling their catch to the market, "because buyers are now buying their catch at the fish landing area."

The two fish landing facilities were recently turned over to the Municipal Governments of Olutanga and Alicia and were received by Mayor Hilario Capotulan and Mayor Yashie Musa, respectively. (Bong Garcia)

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