SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, March 31 -- The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Caraga led by regional director Visa Tan-Dimerin and represented by assistant regional director Edgardo P. Balambao, recently turned-over two units of 30-footer fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) patrol boats, equipped with 16-horsepower twin gasoline marine engines and underwater fittings to the local government of the province of Dinagat Island (PDI) through Cong. Alan B. Ecleo, the vice chairperson on Aquaculture and Fisheries,
The initiative is under the FB Pagbabago Program, which is designed to provide modern and disaster-resilient fishing boats and resource-appropriate fishing gears.
The said program spearheaded by BFAR national director Eduardo B. Gongona also supports Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar's Masagang Ani at Mataas na Kita approach to uplift the economic status of both Filipino farmers and fisherfolk.
Also present in the activity were BFAR provincial fisheries officer Mansueto Cadelina and staff, OIC of the Regional Maritime Unit-13 Lt. Col. Hadji Ballangan and his team, and the beneficiaries from Barangays R. E. Ecleo Sr. and Mabini of the Municipality of Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands represented by punong barangays Zacarias Gumamera and Alexsander Eraya, respectively.
Cong. Ecleo thanked DA-BFAR for responding to their request and for the agency's constant support to the local government. He also promised the beneficiaries to provide the outrigger of the patrol boats.
In his message, Balambao assured the beneficiaries that DA-BFAR will continue to support the livelihood projects of Dinagat and its enforcement of fishery laws.
"Take good care of the patrol boats. These are of great help in your livelihood and in the implementation of fishery laws," Balambao said.
"We are thankful for the support of the Cong. Ecleo and of BFAR. We now have a boat to catch and stop illegal fishing activities," Punong Barangay Gumamera responded.
PLtCol Ballangan added that the Maritime Group in Caraga is always ready to assist BFAR in curbing illegal fishing activities in Dinagat and the entire region. (Salve Mordeno-Dinolan, BFAR-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)