TO UPLIFT the fishing industry in Apalit town, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon region distributed on Friday, March 9, motorized fishing boats to registered fishermen.
BFAR regional director Wilfredo Cruz led the turnover of 27 units of motorized fiberglass plastic boats, reinforced with 6.5 horsepower gasoline marine engines, to Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom in Barangay Cansinala.
These were distributed to beneficiaries from 12 barangays who were identified by the Municipal Agricultural Office.
Cruz said BFAR allocated P35,000 for each boat, or a total of P945,000.
In his speech during the turnover, Cruz said that aside from the boats, the bureau will also finance the construction of the Community Fishlanding Port to boost the fishing sector.
Nucom, for his part, extended his gratitude to BFAR-3 for immediately granting the request of local fishermen here and for continuously implementing developmental projects in Apalit town.
“Parang last year lang po noong ni-request ninyo itong mga bangka at ngayon nandito na at pwede na ninyong magamit. Kaya malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa BFAR-3 sa pagbibigay prayoridad sa ating bayan (It was only last year that we requested the boats and now they are here for use of our fisherfolk. We thank BFAR-3 for giving us priority),” he said.
Cruz, meanwhile, urged the fishermen to help in the protection and revival of the Pampanga River, especially that it is considered their main source of livelihood.
He reminded them to avoid engaging in illegal activities that will hurt the river and the environment and warned them of the possible sanctions should they be caught.
“Ingatan natin ang ating ilog. Kahit pa meron tayo ng lahat ng pasilidad, kung wala na ang ilog ay wala na din tayong pagkukuhana ng mga isda natin (Let’s take care of our river. Even if we have the facilities, if there will be no fish for us if there is no river),” he said.