OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)—The fisherfolk beneficiaries from Carmen Annex and Pulot, Ozamiz City received a total of 50 units of 14.5-footer fiberglass boats from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) held at Malaubang Covered Court, Ozamiz.
Aside from the 14.5-footer fiberglass boats, the recipients also received 25,000 kgs seaweed seedling, and 1,250 pieces of bamboo poles. During the ceremonial turnover, Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat said the boats are given as support for the sustainable development of the fishery sector in the province.
“The equipment hopes to boost the livelihood of the beneficiaries,” he said. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri expressed how they direly need these programs for the fisherfolk's livelihood.
“There are provinces experiencing calamities but here in the province of Misamis Occidental especially in Ozamiz City, we are thankful of the blessings that we received. To the beneficiaries, unta mapalambo ninyo ug unta magmalampuson kamo sa inyong panginabuhi, Neri said.
(To the beneficiaries, I hope that you will develop these and I hope that you will be more successful in your livelihood)
The fisherfolk, on the other hand, thanked the government for the assistance. “Dako kaayo nga tabang sa amoang panginabuhian, (It would be a big help for our livelihood),” said Jose Gumera, a fisherfolk from Barangay Carmen Annex.
The distribution of boats is part of the fisheries livelihood support program of the government through BFAR which aims to ensure sustainable fish production among the fisherfolk. SAAD is a national government intervention for areas needing support in agriculture and fisheries.
The distribution was headed by the Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat together with Senior Aquaculturist and SAAD Project Coordinator Virginia Balde and Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 turns over fiberglass boats to beneficiaries in Ozamiz under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD). (AONC)
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