BFAR eyes registration of 200,000 fisherfolks
TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is eyeing to register 200,000 fisherfolks here in the region under its National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR).
Today, the bureau will launch the registration project that will be led by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and BFAR National Director Asis Perez.
Hundreds of local government officials, national government representatives and agriculture technicians will join the launching for the Visayas area to be held at the Tacloban City Convention Center.
“Only fishermen have no official count. We got problems in making request for funding of projects since Congress wants figures,” said BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo.
Currently, only 50% of fishermen have been accounted by BFAR in the past years through its local registration initiative backed by government farming technicians.
“Under FishR, we have to verify the registration of those who have been surveyed,” he added.
FishR is designed to assist local government units to comply with the provision of RA 8550 or the Fisheries Code of 1998 which provides for the registration of municipal fisherfolk.
The BFAR had devised mechanisms to ensure the full implementation of this program, which admittedly is long-overdue, in close partnership with all coastal cities and municipalities.
FishR is open to all workers in the fisheries sector to include municipal fishermen, fish vendors, fish farmers, and all other workers in allied industries.
The registration,which will run for one year, will help the government prioritize programs in more impoverished coastal communities, Albaladejo claimed.
“Poverty incidence among families of fishermen is 70% and the average size of family is eight to 12,” Albaladejo added.
The bureau has earmarked some Php30 million to ensure the complete fisherfolk registration all over the country. This budget will be distributed among 899 coastal cities and municipalities in the form of incentives.
Through this, fisheries technician officers from the local government units in all coastal cities and municipalities, who will facilitate in the fisherfolk registration, will receive an incentive of P15 per fisherfolk registered.
By: Sarwell Q. Meniano
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