LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 26 (PNA)-- The Legazpi City government received an award from the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for being in the list of the first 100 municipalities and cities across the country with the most number of fishermen registered under the 2015 national program for fisherfolk’s registration.
Mayor Noel Rosal, in a statement Wednesday, said the award which came with a PHP2 million cash prize was handed by Eduardo Gonggona, DA’s undersecretary for fisheries, to Legazpi City Agriculturist Jesus Kallos during the 53d year celebration of Fish Conservation Week held in Quezon City last week.
Kallos said his office has registered a total of 11,123 fishing vessels with 789 uploaded to the registry of BFAR’s central office.
“If they (fishermen) have a permit to operate then, they are free to catch fish in any part of the country’s marine waters,” he said.
Republic Act No. 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 mandates the development of a registry of municipal fisherfolk to help manage the municipal waters, monitor fishing activities and guide national government agencies in providing benefits to the fisherfolk.
Kallos said the PHP2 million received by the city will be used to buy fishing equipment for distribution to all legitimate fisherfolk.
Rosal urged the legitimate fishermen to work closely with the city agriculture office in preventing illegal fishing activities and preserving juvenile fishes.
He said his administration will focus on the coral restoration project to protect mangrove areas and rehabilitate coral reefs and watershed areas.
“This is a strategy of the city government to maintain an adequate supply of our marine resources that contribute a lot to the volume of our marine and freshwater production,” said Rosal. (PNA) FPV/GVR/EPS/EDS