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BFAR assists fishermen affected by typhoon Glenda

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  • Perla E.
  • 7 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Monday distributed boat repair materials to 217 fishermen in Bataan whose fishing bancas were damaged by typhoon Glenda last July 2014.

BFAR Region 3 director Wilfredo Cruz said the affected fishermen received from one to four pieces of marine plywood, nails and epoxy to repair their fishing bancas. “Pagdamutan na ninyo ang nakayanan namin,” he told the beneficiaries. He said they were a little late in giving the assistance to Bataan fishermen because they attended first to fisherfolk from other central Luzon provinces.

Rudy Manait, fisherman from Orion town, said that he will build a new banca out of the four marine plywood that he received. “Malaking tulong ito para makalabas na kami sa dagat. Gagamitin ko ito sa paggawa ng bagong bangka,” he said.

With Cruz in the distribution were provincial agriculturist Imelda Inieto, BFAR provincial chief Danilo Abrera, Orion town Mayor Antonio Raymundo, Board member Gaudencio Ferrer, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on agriculture and municipal agriculturists from the 10 towns and one city of the province

“Malaking katuwaan ng maliliit na mangingisda na nakatanggap sila ng biyaya sa BFAR. Salamat, sana tuluy-tuloy na mabigyan ng magandang ikabubuhay ang mga umaasa sa karagatan,” said Mayor Raymundo.

All 11 towns and one city in Bataan, except Dinalupihan, are along the coastal areas. Cruz said BFAR wanted to ease the lives of fishermen. “Pangalawa pa rin ang sektor ng mangingisda sa pinakamataas na poverty incidence. Nabawasan na ng 2% ang bilang pero target ng BFAR mabawasan pa ng 4 – 10%,” the regional director said.

He said BFAR also has a plan to distribute engines to fishermen who lost their fishing boat engines during the onslaught of Glenda. The typhoon induced big, strong waves along Manila Bay destroying fishing bancas and houses along the coastal areas of Bataan. Gov. Albert Garcia had placed the entire province under the state of calamity.

In a related development, Cruz said El Nino has big effect on the fishery sector. “Hindi nakakayanan ng isda ang matinding init. Pati corals ay apektado,” he said. “May pag-aaral ang BFAR kasama ang Estados Unidos tungkol sa tilapia. Pinag-aaralan kung ano ang talagang lalim ng fishpond at gumamit ng technology tulad ng aeration upang maiwasan ang mortalities ng isda,” he said.

Cruz said that last year because of the El Nino phenomenon, production in fish hatcheries lowered by 20%. He said that based on data released by the Department of Science and Technology, most vulnerable to El Nino among central Luzon provinces are Aurora and Tarlac

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