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P2M BFAR projects soon to benefit Pinukpuk fisherfolk

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Kalinga said fisher folks in three select barangays of Pinukpuk included in the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) areas will benefit from the estimated P2 million pond projects which comprise the provision of fingerlings and fish feeds this 2022.

The BFAR fishery projects have made positive impacts on the lives of families that were granted aid.

In an interview with BFAR-Kalinga, they reported that one of the realizations of the fisher folks in Kalinga is the great help of availability of a source of food thru aquaculture during the pandemic. Another is the fruitful experience of being end users of government programs and projects.

Provincial Fishery Officer Joyce Ducyogen of BFAR-Kalinga revealed that the three target barangays of Pinukpuk are Barangays Ba-ay, Apatan and Limos.

Ducyugen said BFAR-Kalinga will focus on these three ElCAC areas as their regular project for 2022. The office is just waiting for the release of funds for 2022 for them to be able to immediately proceed with the implementation of the said project.

Performing fisher folks shall be the priority

The fishery officer explained that beneficiaries of the project are fisher folks or individuals who have a fishpond and are ready and willing to sustain the project. However, she said best-performing beneficiaries that were given the same project in the previous years will be given priority.

“Ti beneficiaries ket dagidyay adda makita nga fishpond da, fisher folks a talaga. Pero ang priority are yung mga best performers nga naikkan iti previous years tapnu iti kasta ket mapanunut da nga seryoso ti gobyerno to bring change,” Ducyogen stressed.

Capacitating beneficiary fisherfolk

Ducyogen said they will start with the retooling of aquaculture trainings among the target beneficiaries and do re-validation of projects that were earlier provided to them by the agency.

“We will start again with retooling ng mga agriculture trainings, ire-validate natin lahat kung ano yung projects na naibigay sa kanila up to last year. Ilan sa mga na-train ang nag-adopt, ilan sa kanila ang nag-ani at nagbenta,” the fishery officer said.

When asked about the response of the recipients of their previous aqua projects, Ducyogen said the beneficiaries were very grateful to the government, saying that the projects provided them a source of income and food for family consumption especially when they have no money to buy food in the market.

“Ti goal ti Department of Agriculture ket matuto yung mga farmers to have masaganang ani at saka mataas na kita. But we could not do away with yung mga farmers nga adda fishpond da… nu awan kwarta nga panggatang iti makan ket isu pay lang kanen da ah. Pagsaayatan na datoy project tayo mabalin mu nga in-inuten [or sustainable],” Ducyogen added.

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