Ofﬁcial Publication of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-CARAGA
pushes BFAR SUFFICIENT SUSTAINABLE and
FISH PRODUCTION, SMP launched
he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 13 is pushing for suﬃcient and sustainable production of ﬁsh and marine supplies in Caraga Region. Hence, a number of management plans were being instituted by the agency these past few years. On June 20, 2012 at the country’s game fishing capital in Pilar, Siargao Island, BFAR-13 Regional Chief Nerio G. Casil with National Director Atty. Asis G. Perez as the keynote speaker led the launching of Sailfish “Liplipan’ Management Plan. When asked why the bureau crafted such plan Perez reiterated that the initiative seeks to manage ﬁsh supply and ensure the future of the ﬁsheries sector in the island, “not just sailﬁsh (liplipan) but all other marine resources that the island possessed.” During the event, a memorandum of agreement was contrived by Atty. Perez and RD Casil with Governor Sol Matugas, 1st district representative Francisco Matugas, and local chief executives, indicating the oﬀset of the program.
Perez then turned over six units of deep sea ﬁsh shelters locally known as “Payao,” worth P1,736,160, and further vowed to add nine more units to the LGUbeneﬁciaries thru their local chief executives. In his speech, he emphasized to continue strengthen the Fishery Law Enforcement System in the whole district of Siargao Island to which he called on the attention of each local chief executive in every municipality to scout on competent law enforcers to be assigned in their own respective municipal waters. The said enforcers will be paid justly same as an oﬃce employee were their salaries will be half-shouldered by BFAR-Central Oﬃce and with the LGU as counterparts. In addition they will also be sent for training roughly for 3 months for them to eﬃciently and eﬀectively hold their duties as enforcers. Moreover, he also pledged to provide a multi-mission vessel and two units of pump boats with 16HP to help bring an end to the problem of illegal ﬁshing in the island. turn to page 10 January-June 2012
BFAR wages drive to protect marine resources, creates new team
n an eﬀort to intensify the implementation of resource conservation and protection and to eradicate any means of illegal ﬁsheries activities, the Region 13 oﬃce of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) strengthens the agency’s enforcement unit by creating a Quick Response Team (QRT) to go after poachers and illegal ﬁshers. In a statement, BFAR enunciated that it is beeﬁng up its sea protection eﬀorts by curbing illegal ﬁshing in line with the government’s goal of eliminating the abuse of the country’s marine resources. Thus, the creation of Fisheries Resource Protection and Quick Response Unit that will be on duty 24/7 to address the issues of illegal ﬁshing and other emergency situations was realized. The QRT in Caraga Region is a nine-member team composed of ﬁve licensed criminologists, two licensed
ﬁshery technologists, a veterinary doctors, and one LLB graduate who will be under the supervision of BFAR Regional Director Nerio G. Casil. The team started its 24/7 operation on the month of June and have undergone an intensive Mindanao-wide Capability Building and Skills Training on Fisheries Resource Protection and Law Enforcement for Quick Response Team on June 17-28 this year at Philippine Safety College Regional Training Center, Mintal, Davao City. Moreover, they will still be having another four more skills and development trainings in the coming months as well as brieﬁngs on other ﬁshery and environmental laws that will equip them to protect the marine life. The team will decisively implement the "market denial" strategy, where ﬁsh stocks caught using illegal forms of ﬁshing paraphernalia such as dynamite and
cyanide will not be sold in the markets and be consumed by human. For his part, BFAR director Atty. Asis G. Perez stated that closer collaboration and linkage shall be constituted between the law enforcement agencies like PNP and the Maritime, the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) and the local government units in order to inhibit illegal ﬁshing which destroys the source of income of marginal ﬁshing communities. "We shall have put an end to the ﬁnger-pointing syndrome whenever aquatic environment-related emergency situations occur. Instead, we should be more pro-active and prepared by fostering cooperation and wide information campaign," told Atty. Perez. The bureau's ﬁve program guideposts are increasing ﬁsh production through resource conservation; intensifying ﬁshery resource protection and law enforcement; fast-tracking infrastructure development; investing on people; and research and technology to facilitate the ﬁsheries industry development. “It is my aspiration that all ﬁshermen would no longer worry about having to deal with illegal ﬁshers, but instead could focus on improving their livelihoods in order to sustainably harvest the bounty of the seas. This is not far-fetch if we will be successful in restoring our seas back to its pristine state through eﬀective law enforcement and environment protection measures,” he articulated.
The Mindanao-wide Quick Response Team members of BFAR composed of licensed criminologists, licensed ﬁshery technologists, veterinary doctors and LLB graduates during their capability training in Davao City
According to Director Perez his administration would build upon the many good things that had been established by the BFAR considering its major contribution to the growth of the country's agriculture sector.
BFAR chief visits CARAGA assures for more developmental projects
ational Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Atty. Asis G. Perez visited the historic region of Caraga on February 18 and 19, 2012 to meet with a mob of ﬁsherfolk in the area and bring to them the services that the agency intends to oﬀer. Regional Director Nerio G. Casil led the whole staﬀ of BFAR-13 in welcoming the bureau chief and other guests as they arrived at BANCASI Airport, Butuan City. Casil spearheaded a 2-hour tour for the visitors to the diﬀerent parts of the town of Barobo, Surigao del Sur and presented the proposed site for a planned ﬁsh port which will be funded by the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and immediately proceeded to the Century Fish Processing Plant. Right after such, a Consultation Meeting was held at the Municipal Covered Court of Barobo, Surigao del Sur where upon hearing all the lamentations of the ﬁsherfolk in the town, Perez responded with the commitment to serve the people as they are the real bosses for eﬀective governance.
established in the municipality. He dubbed those who sacriﬁce for development the “heroes” especially the ﬁsherfolk who sustain supply of food, market vendors, and the teachers who keep on sowing moral values to the children. He later pledged to dole-out 100 units of seaweed planting logistics; 2 units of payao; and if there is a remarkable increase in production, he further committed to give 3 more units and 20,000 kg of seaweed propagules to the Municipality of Barobo alone. Asked what can be done to minimize rampant illegal ﬁshing activities exhibited in the area, Perez informed the crowd that BFAR is strengthening its workforce and mechanisms to regulate such activities. More so, he promised to give two (2) motor banca engines to the Bantay Kalikasan, a group of ﬁshermen volunteers who will be safeguarding the municipal waters of the said town. He encouraged people to be vigilant and do their parts to stop illegal ﬁshing while the root causes of the problems are addressed through eﬀective institutional linkaging. BFAR 13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil also responded
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He acknowledged the collaborative eﬀorts and cooperation of many sectors with replete to sustain all projects that have been January-June 2012
LANDBANK embark on promoting
MARICULTURE PARKS in the country
he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines are embarking on a partnership program that would help promote and develop the mariculture parks (MP) as an alternative livelihood and a sustainable method of ﬁsh production to spawn employment and to mitigate poverty rate in the country. On March 13, 2012 at Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City, Land Bank and BFAR once again construed an agreement to foster mariculture parks or sea-based farming of ﬁsh and other aquatic organisms in all 67 MPs (65 of which are now oﬃcially launched) in the country. The partnership aimed to upsurge the number of locators in the mariculture parks; boost the participation of small ﬁsherfolk cooperatives in the MPs, as locators and/or service providers; and to further improve the production eﬃciency of MPs and earnings of locators, especially the small ﬁsherfolk. The Land Bank of the Philippines underscores that their ﬁnancing program will have to target the stabilized cooperatives, various ﬁsherfolk associations, other mariculture park locators and providers of ancillary services which includes small and medium enterprises (SME), big investors, local government units (LGU) and other eligible beneﬁciaries. On the said event, Mr. Jimmy P. Arco, the Acting
Head of LBP Butuan Lending Center, reiterated that the components of the said program which will be oﬀered to all aspiring creditors will be its Financial Assistance; Capability Building; Direct Technical and Marketing Assistance; Technology Transfer; and Business Modeling, Documentation and Replication. BFAR-Central Oﬃce Assistant Director for Technical Services Gil A. Adora stressed that the said alliance brings good news to the small ﬁsherfolk associations and even established ﬁshery stakeholders and investors that have been long hindered from using credit from regular banks to support their livelihood endeavors. The joint venture is a “quantum leap” towards the development of the country’s ﬁsheries industry emphasizing sea farming or maricuture provides the balance between the need to beef up ﬁsh production to supply the increasing demand of the growing population and at the same time the need to conserve the marine resources. Since year 2000, BFAR has been promoting mariculture considering for a fact that it is inexpensive and eco-friendly. Compared to the developmental cost of a 1-hectare land-based ﬁshpond, a 10 meter x 10 meter sea cage only requires Php150, 000. It has been also said that mariculture is eco-friendly because you do not have to cut down a single mangrove tree to rear a ﬁsh.
Training on Bangus Culture in Cage succesfully held
he backbone of Philippine aquaculture”, that is how bangus farming has been regarded by most fishery experts. Although commercial production of bangus dates back more than a century ago, it was only in recent years that significant growth of the industry was realized. Today, the Philippines is one of the top bangus producers in the world, along with Indonesia and Taiwan. Until recently, the country has contributed around 55 percent share of the world bangus production. In this regard, BFAR-13 intensified their programs more significantly in bangus culture through continuously conducting series of seminars and trainings among stakeholders and marginal fiskerfolk alike. On February 9 and 10, 2012, the Fishery Extension Training and Communication Division (FETCD) successfully conducted two days training on Bangus Culture in Cage at Hotel Tavern Surigao. The said training was well-attended by different stakeholders, investors and fisherfolk. The affair was also graced by honorees like Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and BFAR-13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil.
there were three representatives from Land Bank, Quedancor and PCIC namely: Rosalia I. Deluvio (Land Bank); Christopher F. Gilos (Quedancor); and Manuel J. Cortina (PCIC) who all discussed their different Fishery Lending Programs solely intended for fisherfolk associations and other fishery stakeholders. After they have said their pieces, three of the FETCD staff tackled topics on Bangus Fingerlings Handling and Stocking, Feed and Feeding Management and Recording System and Fish Sampling Techniques. The group continued the second day of the training at the Mariculture Park situated at Brgy. Nabago, Surigao City to conduct the actual counting and stocking of Bangus fingerlings. In his message RD Nerio Casil stressed to further widen the scope of the agency’s production support services to help alleviate the livelihoods of the fisherfolk and to sustain, if not, improve more the production rate of bangus harvest in the region. Along with the encouragement and collaborative efforts of concerned LGUs these pursuits will be attained and realized.
The Training on Bangus Culture in Cage was formally opened through a short program with Mr. Robin Magahin, SAFIDEV Focal Person, welcoming all the participants. RD Casil and City Mayor Matugas both expressed their short inspirational messages and it was immediately followed then by acknowledging all the attendees and Mr. Dominador Maputol, OIC FETCD, gave the overview of the training. Before the formal lectures started,
BFAR-13 once again com
egarded as the backbone of the nation, farmers and ﬁsherfolk alike were given guerdon recognition especially during the month of May for the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month Celebration. This year’s theme “Sapat na Pagkain, Sama-sama nating Kamtin” is germane and timely as the Department of Agriculture in close coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are frontloading its resources and focusing eﬀorts to rack up self-suﬃciency in agricultural products by end of 2013.
Opening ceremony BFAR-13 successfully opened the month-long celebration on May 2, 2012 where a grandiose motorcade along the major streets of Butuan City was held. After which, the group proceeded to Almont Inland Resort to formally launch the event. The opening salvo was wellattended by diﬀerent ﬁsherfolk leaders, partner LGUs, academe,
other national government agencies and BFAR-13 management and staﬀ. Regional Director Nerio G. Casil expressed his inmost gratitude as some known pillars of the community such as DA’s Regional Executive Director Edna Mabeza, Agusan del Norte’s Provincial Administrator Prescianita Racho and the seven (7) erstwhile Fisherfolk Regional Directors (FRD) of Caraga region came to grace the aﬀair. Meanwhile, the highlight of the event which is the oﬃcial installation of the new Fisherfolk Regional Director was a remarkable success. FRD Marceliano B. Monato, Jr. who hails from Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur was deeply overwhelmed when RD Casil turnedover the Key of Responsibility. Moreover, upon hearing the message from last year’s FRD Andres Saluta, Monato conceded that he was thrilled and challenged as well to do better while in oﬃce. Concurrently, a ceremonial
turn-over of Aquasilviculture Project to identiﬁed state universities and colleges was also initiated. Caraga State University, Surigao del Sur State University and Surigao State College of Technology simultaneously received 3.4 million pesos for the establishment and sustainability of aqua-silviculture technology in their respective institution or in identiﬁed areas where they can suitably implement the project. Aqua-silviculure is a system of rearing and growing ﬁsh and other aquatic organisms in enclosed sections within mangrove area.
Press Conference In line with the celebration, the ﬁsheries bureau in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga eﬃcaciously organized a press conference where FRD Monato dauntlessly faced the media and was candid in his answers to questions being raised to him. With newlyinstalled FRD are the ﬁve Provincial Fishery Oﬃcers of Caraga, Asst. Regional Director Judith Rojas and RFOC Regional Coordinator Rustico Ranoco.
mmends the country’s
HERFOLK MANCOM Meeting
Wrapping up the whole-day activity was the conduct of a Management Committee Meeting (MANCOM) with the BFAR-13 management and staﬀ , which was presided over by newly installed FRD Marceliano Monato himself. The meeting focused primarily on the lined-up activities of the FRD for the whole month of May.
Month-long activity highlights It has been a tradition for years now that this month-long celebration have its series of activities. This year, activities like region-wide ﬁngerlings dispersal, mangrove planting, coastal clean-up, project site visitation,turnedover of ﬁsheries proejcts to beneﬁciaries, courtesy calls to diﬀerent Local Chief Executives, and ﬁlm showing were succesfully ushered. A total of 30,708 pieces mangrove seedlings were planted and 130,000 bangus ﬁngerlings, 107 pieces tilapia ﬁngerlings, and 103,000 carp ﬁngerlings
were dispersed. Moreover, 11 kind of Fisheries Livelihood Projects with an estimted budget of 1.9M were turned-over to the nine municipalities of Siargao Islands. The projects were handed over by FRD Monato to Congressman Framcisco Matugas and Governor Sol Matugas together with the LGU-beneﬁciaries during the Farmer’s and Fisherfolk Forum held in Dapa on May 10, 2012. A total of Php 229,980.00 worth of 10-units Bottom Set Gill Nets, 10-units non-motorized banca and 30,000 pieces bangus ﬁngerlings were also given to the Municipality of Gigaquit through the Provincial Fisheries Oﬃce of Surigao del Norte spearheaded by PFOMartiniano O. Yandra. Slogan and poster making contest participated in by students of diﬀerent levels also highlighted the occasion. The slogan and posters were espoused on this year’s theme. Cash prizes and certiﬁcate of participation were given during the closing ceremony.
This series of worth-taking activities were enabled the FRD to familiarize the programs and projects of BFAR, understand the challenges especially during programs implementation and.
Closing ceremony The culmination of the monthlong celebration highlighted the inauguration of the newly enhanced BFAR-13 Regional Oﬃce in Surigao City. Surigao del Norte Provincial Vice Governor Carlos Egay, Jr. graced the event with visitors from BFAR-central oﬃce and BFAR-13 heads and staﬀ. The whole month accomplishment report of the FRD were shown in a video presentation. Plaques of appreciation were given to him as well as to outstanding ﬁsheries technicians and ﬁsheries scholars in the region. The event was graced by BFAR Assistant Director Gil A. Adora and well attended by farmers and ﬁsherolks and partner LGUs.
Status of Tuna Fishery in
Tuna monitoring in Mangagoy, Bislig City by the NSAP staďŹ€ and tuna expert from NFRDI? Under the West Pacific East Asia Oceanic Fisheries Management (WPEA OFM) project, the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) supervised the catch and effort collection of tuna which started in 2011. The activities was carried out to strengthen national capacities and
international cooperation on priority transboundary concerns relating to the conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks in the west Pacific Ocena and east Asia (Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam)â€? Three established monitoring areas in Tandag, Cagwait and Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
identified seven (7) major large and small tuna species dominated by Katsuwonus pelamis (sambagon)at 44.04% of the total landings of all fishing gears followed by Thunnus albacares (panit/barilis), 27.05 % and Thunnus obesus (panit), 21.48% with aggregated total landed catch of 1,972 metric tons. (Figure 1) Fishers are using multi-gears such as Handline, Troll line, Multiple hook & line, hook & line, Single hand line, drift longline, ring net and gillnets. Hand line catches the most followed by Troll line. In the case of length distribution (Figure 2 & 3), the study reveals that Katsuwonus pelamis (Sambagon) were caught with length range of 14-66 cm. This data shows that most of the fish catch were still in juveniles stage which hamper them to become mature. Maturity stage of the species is 4045 cm. Likewise, Thunnus albacares showed the same condition, it is capture from smallest 15 cm to a maximum of 143 cm. This shows that small individuals were already caught before they reach maturity of 50 cm. This suggests that the species is subjected to growth overfishing
LM- Length at First Maturity
Figure 2. Length distribution of Katsuwonus pelamis (Skipjack)caught by Handline from January-December 2011.
Surigao del Sur 2011 becauase they are caught before they have a chance to get bigger.
recommendations for a quality data collection.
Early this year 2012, the National Stock Assessment Program thru the support and supervision of the BFAR-13 management expanded its monitoring in Lianga Bay with established landing centers in Barobo and Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. This is to assess the status of Lianga Bay to support the policy formulation in the proper management of the fishery resources.
Moreover, the NSAP Project Staff, Joyce M. Baclayo attended the 3rd Annual West Pacific East Asia (WPEA) NSAP Tuna Review and Workshop and presented the Status of Tuna Fishery in Caraga last May 14-16, 2012 at General Santos City. The workshop was important for providing an opportunity for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to review the NSAP data used for regional tuna stock assessments; specifically, to identify problems with NSAP data collection, and thereby improve quality of data collected; and serve to produce tuna catch estimates that are subsequently used in the annual Philippines tuna catch estimates.
On the other hand, to evaluate the activities of the enumerators specifically under the Tuna West Pacific East Asia (WPEA) sites, the NSAP Project Leader and Staff together with NFRDI project team conducted monitoring last January 17-19 and June 14-16, 2012, in Tandag, Cagwait and Bislig City landing centers. This is to provide coaching on the proper sampling techniques, resolve issues problems and give
Maturity size 50-120 cm
SN : Katsuwonus pelamis LN : Sambagon
SN : Thunnus albacares LN : Barilis, Panit
SN : Thunnus obesus LN : Barilis, Panit
SN : Thunnus alalunga LN : Panit
SN : Auxis thazard LN : Mangko
SN : Euthynnus afﬁnis LN : Bulis
SN : Euthynnus afﬁnis LN : Bulis Figure 3. Length distribution of Thunnus albacares (Yellowﬁn tuna). caught by Handline from January-December 2011.
Figure 1. Landed Catch of Tuna species landed in Bandag, Await and Manage, Brisling, SDS from January-December 2011.
BFAR 13 closely monitors
occurence in SDS
oastal waters within Lianga and Bislig Bays, known to be positive from red tide toxins, has been closely monitored by the Regional Fish Health Laboratory (RFHL) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - 13. Monitoring was intensiﬁed by BFAR to know and inform the public that shellﬁsh gathered from the area are safe for human consumption. Monitoring of plankton bloom and sampling of shellﬁsh meat in the identiﬁed areas were conducted monthly. The collected shellﬁsh meat samples were sent to the Marine Biotoxin Laboratory, in BFARManila for toxin analysis. While monitoring of the plankton bloom is done in the region. To further strengthen the capability of the regional oﬃce on safeguarding the occurrence of red tide, two (2) of the regional laboratory staﬀ namely, Ms. Anna Melissa M. Talavera, OIC- Regional Fish health Laboratory (RFHL) and Ms.
Daisy Marie S. Paracha, Technical Staﬀ were sent to the Marine Biotoxin Laboratory of BFAR to undergo training on Paralytic Shellﬁsh Poisoning (PSP) toxin analysis through Mouse Bioassay and Plankton Identiﬁcation. The said training was conducted last January, this year. Red Tide is a term used to describe coastal phenomenon in which the water is discolored by high algal biomass or concentration of algae. Some red tides are considered harmless, however, almost always are harmful since they cause harm to the environment, living organisms and humans. Red tide can cauase poisoning syndromes such as Paralytic Shellﬁsh Poisoning (PSP), Ciguatera Poisoning, among others. This year, the Shellﬁsh Bulletin advisory of BFAR from January-June, revealed that Lianga and Bislig Bays are now free from red tide toxins.
FROM PAGE 1 During the open forum, BFAR Director Asis Perez and BFAR-13 Director Nerio Casil, relentlessly answered and responded to the different queries and requests that the Siarganons raised towards them. In fact, upon hearing the Pilar National High School’s Administrator proposal, Atty. Perez promised to put up an Aquasilviculture Park in Pilar making them the pilot municipality in Siargao Island to have such facility. He also willingly assured to give fishing gears and paraphernalia for the laboratory use, a boat and at least two teachers to make known of the subject. Meanwhile, he also disclosed that through the support of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, BFAR will be having an increase allocation in their budget, and coupled with the rationalize spending that they are implementing this would surely help ensure an increase in fisheries productivity. To support the sustainability of the production growth they are aiming for, Perez also reported that BFAR is continuously implementing adaptation measures to help
Actual collection of sea water using planktoni net and shellﬁsh sample, locally known as lima-lima (Lambis sp.), conducted by RFHL staﬀ for laboratory analysis. January-June 2012 10
Scholarship for Fisherfolk’s Children continued
he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in collaboration with the Department of Education simultaneously conducted the competitive examination screening the applicants for the Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) on March 17, 2012 in various testing centers nationwide. In Caraga Region, there were 91 high school students coming from different secondary schools in the region who successfully took the examination held at Agusan National High School, Butuan City. These high school graduates or graduating students belong to the top 10 of the graduating class as per certification from their respective school heads and ages not more than 20 years old. It was also a requirement that the family of the examinee should have an annual gross income not more than Php25,000. From among the examinees, only top ﬁve passers of the examination will be selected. These fortunate students will have the privilege to take up Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and any other related disciplines. They will be expected to enroll their chosen course in the nearest accredited school in the region starting the academic year 2012-2013. Marlene G. Calangian, personnel from BFARCentral Oﬃce disclosed that a scholar will be entitled of free matriculation and other school fees. She gladly announced that the beneﬁciary will
FROM PAGE 3 to the same query by citing the importance of adopting eﬀective information and education campaign, market denial, and provision of alternative environment-friendly projects as these have already been proven eﬀective strategies even in other areas. Right after the consultation, the group headed to Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Director Perez, together with RD Casil assisted by the Local Government Unit of Tubay, conducted an on-site visitation to the coastal waters of
enjoy the monthly stipend of Php2,500, semestral book allowance of Php2,000, and another Php3, 000 for Research/Thesis/Special Problem support. There is also an additional cash incentive if the scholar attains a special academic award, becomes a dean’s lister in every semester, who graduated Magna/Suma/Cum laude, plus a P500 ﬁnancial support after graduation. In the other way around, it is the obligation of BFAR to provide immediate employment after graduation and to be given priority in BFAR vacant job slots, especially on technical-related positions. BFAR-13 Assistant Regional Director Judith C. Rojas accentuated that FSP aims to help those deserving students whose parents are financially incapacitated particularly those children of fishermen who have difficulty sending their brood in tertiary studies and to increase the enrollees in fishery courses as well. She further added that the scholarship program is the bureau’s strategy to nurture potential leaders and key players of the fisheries industry and in effect they will be the ones to sustain the goal of BFAR of modernized and globally competitive fisheries. The results of the examination will be posted and announced on the dailies not later than the month of May this year.
Brgy. La Fraternidad which was recently reported to be adversely aﬀected by the mining activities in the said barangay. Atty. Perez also went northeast as he visited Surigao City to conduct an exclusive Dinner Meeting with the LGU, Marine Traders, FLA holders and other stakeholders in the Province of Surigao del Norte. The following day, February 19, Sunday, Director Perez together with PFDA Administrator Atty. Paz, RD Casil, Surigao City’s Fisheries Consultant Mr. Robin Magahin and a number of staﬀ from the oﬃce of Surigao City Agriculture, went to the ﬁsh landing site of Surigao City and made a short dialogue with PNP Maritime
Chief of the said city. They immediately proceeded to BFAR-13 oﬃce to look on to the on-going construction of the oﬃce’s enhancement building. The inauguration of the region’s newly established Fisherfolk Training Center was also graced by the bureau chief. The Center will serve as the venue of learning, capability-building and empowerment of the region’s served ﬁsherfolks. Perez’s visit to Caraga was the ﬁrst time he did since he assumed his post on June last year.