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July to December

2012 The Official Publication of DA - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - CARAGA

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BFAR at 65 Taking Strides throughout the years

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DA Sec. Alcala on-board BFAR-MCS: visits Siargao to support farmer and fisherfolks

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“Angry Fish on the Red List”: Region-wide Essay Writing and Painting Contest conducted Mindanao-wide NGAS Training held in Caraga Region

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BFAR-FIQS confiscates protected sea shells for transport to Cebu

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1st Fisheries Congress held in Caraga

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Fish Conservation Week 2012 Highlight of Activities

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BFAR-Caraga sets in at Camiguin Island for a Team Building Activity

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3 Special fisheries project grants include CARAGA

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2 Major Projects Break Ground in the Province of Dinagat Islands

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BFAR-13 host National Consultative Conference with Planners and Budget Officers

BFAR intensifies drive for sustainable utilization of marine resources, begets Grouper and Siganids Management Plan

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Director’s Desk As we are completely done with the first half of the year 2012, we can expect more actions, more activities and more plans as we brace ourselves onwards. Our accomplishments are satisfactory to our goals. In pursuit of fulfilling our commitment to promote sustainable fishery development, BFAR-13 continued its regular distribution of different fingerlings to identified cooperators as input assistance to them through the efforts of the various Provincial Fishery Offices in the region. Moreover, the increasing number of fish culture farmers is a good sign of our goals being fulfilled. In our goal to promote the utilization and conservation of our region’s fisheries and aquatic resources, our agency travelled throughout the provinces in Caraga Region to monitor and deliver the needed materials of our clients and stockholders. In the Province of Dinagat Island, we saw that they need an Abalone Grow-Out System and an official Provincial Fishery Office of their own. So immediately their requests were granted and two groundbreaking ceremonies were held last September. Our meeting with DA Secretary Proceso Alcala is of significance to raise different issues and concerns regarding programs projects and activities being implemented in the Caraga Region to support the agriculture and fisheries sector. Many of the meaningful activities that we have done are in fact manifestations of the constant support of BFAR-Central Office to our regional efforts hence, in behalf of the whole management and staff of BFAR-Caraga, I would like to take this very opportunity to acknowledge and thank them. To the staff who made this publication possible and to all who contributed their share of articles, I commend you for a job well done. Let this be the beginning of a more prosperous year in our quest for a better life for our people. God bless us all!

ANTONIO S. BOISER Editor-In-Chief Editorial Staff JESIECA B. BABATID SHANE ABEGUEL T. EVIOTA Cartoonist NESTOR ESCARA Contributors PFO - Surigao del Norte PFO - Surigao del Sur PFO - Agusan del Norte PFO - Agusan del Sur PFO - Province of Dinagat Islands National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) Regional Fish Health Laboratory (RFHL) Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC) - Program Management Center 13 Advisers NERIO G. CASIL, MPA, MFT Regional Director JUDITH C. ROJAS OIC Asst. Regional Director RIZALINDA L. ABING OIC, PMED MIGUEL O. BAAY Center Chief, CFRDC DOMINADOR MAPUTOL OIC, FETCD MANUEL G. SANORIA OIC, FRMD

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BUKANA is an official publication of BFAR-13 with office located at Paradise Street, Surigao City. BUKANA is a Visayan word, which means the “outlet” of the river flowing its deposits to the ocean. Just like the river, this newsletter will give its information deposits to the ocean of readers.


EDITORIAL:

Taking Great Strides throughout the Years

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f we are to compare the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to a dutiful government employee, it might have also reached the so-called retirement years now at 65. But on the contrary, the latter still abides to empower its grip towards the protection of the country’s fisheries and all other aquatic resources in the midst of challenges brought about by environmental decadence caused by man and that of climate change. True enough, the bureau may have hurdled many societal predicaments in the past that challenged not only the management but the different stakeholders as well taking every effort to win what they referred as small battles. Every inch of cooperation from everyone involved accumulated into a massive solution to the problems. From creating initiatives how to increase fish catch with the industry’s compliance to a 3-month closed season and even a two-year fishing ban of tuna in pockets 1 and 2 of the high seas or the international waters covered by the Western and Central Pacific Commission (WCPFC) coupled with the government’s strict enforcement of the ban; fish growers’ exhibition of good aquaculture practices and the LGU’s rigid implementation of the maximum number of fish cages that halted major fish kill situations; the formulation of Sailfish Management Plan along with the nine municipal heads of Siargao; the development of mangrove plantations in many coastal areas in the country and the on-going Aquasilviculture Program that continues to provide an additional source of income to fisherfolk families; and the intensified Fishery Law Enforcement Program through the formation of Quick Response Team (QRT) in all 16 regions nationwide. All these and more only attributed to a more

sustained, more established and highly competitive fisheries sector that may have surpassed all the tests of time. Over the years, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has proven itself to the community. In spite of inevitable perplexities it conquered, the agency never fails to give what is expected from them. The continuous downpour of assistance that helped not only few of the marginal fisherfolk in the country but more so, to date, thousands of Filipino fishermen were provided with help they were asking for. Because of the collaborative efforts made by BFAR and all fishery stakeholders, fishermen in the Philippines today experienced better lives they never thought would happen. In Western Mindanao for instance, both marginal and commercial fishers are now reporting increases in their sardine catch because of the strict implementation of the ban. Tuna fishers as well have always something to look forward to as catch is expected to rise. As such, in the coming months or upon the completion of relevant requirements, at least 36 traditional ice-chilled tuna fishers could start operating in the said Special Management Area. Likewise, fish farmers in Taal Lake declared that there has not been a single case of major fish kills this year despite the critical fluctuations in water brought about by habagat season. As with the success of the formulation of the Sailfish Management Plan, Siargaonons exclaimed that along with the livelihood sailfishes provide the municipal fishermen, the bounteous presence of this fish in the area could also boost the tourism industry particularly for game fishing enthusiasts. Another is, by creating the Quick Response Team (QRT), sea protection efforts were strengthened by curbing illegal fishing in line with the government’s goal of eradicating the abuse of the country’s marine resources. Those were only few of the changes BFAR brought in the society today. As to a government employee, 65 years in service may be considered long and old enough to do more and fulfill his duties in office, but for the agency, it may always be the beginning for a new endeavor and would not even cease in doing what is required of them and what it should rightfully do for the coming years. As a matter of fact, BFAR may still have more in store for all fisherfolks. More activities are still lining up for the promotion of livelihood programs, more assistance to offer to augment the lives of marginal fishermen, more trainings and seminars for an efficient and quality service, more plans for a strengthened fishery industry and more laws for a protected and conserved marine life. The little good things it did for the betterment of the many in the present day will spread a hundredfold and will live even until in the next generations to come. But again, the bureau could not possibly accomplish all these without the substantial cohesion of its partners in fulfilling its goals and objectives. Henceforth, with the unwavering support of all recognized fishery stakeholders, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is optimistic that it can still attain great strides in making this country a primary option of a perfect place to live. 3 Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources | Bukana


DA Sec. Alcala on-board BFAR-MCS: visits Siargao to support farmers and fisherfolks Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala visited Siargao on-board DABFAR MCS-3004 and allocated an initial P67 million to bankroll several agricultural and fishery projects in Siargao Islands, to convert it into an adequate producer of rice, white corn, other predominant crops, vegetables and aquamarine products.

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ecretary Alcala disclosed that the Aquino administration through the Department of Agriculture will continue to equip the needed support and assistance to empower farming and fishing communities in Siargao, and enable small farmers and fisherfolk augment their productivity, earn sufficient income, and subsequently uplift their living conditions. For agriculture, he further added that the DA will initially help Siargao produce 100 percent of its rice requirements in two to three years’ time, during a July 12, 2012 Farmers- Fisherfolks Forum 4

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at General Luna town, attended by more than 1,000 farmers, fisherfolk and local government officials. At present, the island produces more than one-third or 37% of its rice demands. In achieving the rice sufficiency target, Secretary Alcala pronounced that DA through the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will fund this year the construction and rehabilitation of irrigation systems, amounting to P30 million. To complement it, the DA through the national rice program will also construct a P2million community seed bank in Del Carmen town, provide P1.5-million worth of various farm machinery and equipment and farm inputs, particularly registered rice seeds for propagation into certified seeds, and put up an organic fertilizer or vermin-composting facility, worth P540,000. Meanwhile, for fisheries stand, the DA through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga has provided fisherfolk groups with 1 motorized banca for the municipality of Pilar, 10 units of 16-H.P. pumpboats complete with accessories

(1 unit each to the municipality of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, Socorro and 2 units for Sta. Monica), and 20 unit gill nets for the said municipalities, totaling P1M. Sec. Alcala was also able to explore the diverse coral reef ecosystem in the island during his early morning snorkeling near Dako and Naked islets. Said islets are two of the tourist destinations in Siargao. He observed that boats, that mainly transport local and international tourists to the area, often anchor in the coral rocks which cause damage to the reef ecosystem.

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RD Casil (extreme left), RED Mabeza (next to Casil), Congressman Matugas (in stripe beside Sec. Alcala) and the BFAR-13 staff pose with DA Sec. Alcala and capture the moment for posterity during his arrival in Dapa, Siargao.

government unit concern and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to craft management plan on the matter. Alcala initially suggested putting designated pole moorings to refrain boat operators from dropping their boat anchor onto the corals.

establishment, explore expansion areas for seaweed production, and conduct law enforcement trainings and seminars for fisherfolk-leaders and barangay officials and deputize them as ‘fish wardens’ who will apprehend illegal fishermen and poachers.

During the forum, the DA-BFAR also planned to identify other potential marine sanctuaries and provide necessary assistance for its

Alcala’s visit is the second time in the Province of Surigao del Norte for a Farmers and Fisherfolk Forum. This time, the forum is simultaneous

DA Sec. Alcala poses with DA Regional Executive Directors and BFAR-13 Information Staff while on-board BFAR-MCS 3004.

to the national executive committee meeting of DA held in Siargao. Popularly known as the ‘surfing capital of the Philippines,’ Siargao is composed of nine municipalities, namely: Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, Santa Monica and Socorro. The province of Surigao del Norte has 20 municipalities and one city (Surigao).

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-13 successfully conducted its 1st Fisheries Congress on October 17, 2012 held in Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City. The conduct of the first Fisheries Congress was one of the highlights of activities in the region during the observance of the 49th Fish Conservation Week. The Congress is aimed to gather the bureau’s partners in fisheries development such as the Local Government Units composed of Provincial Agriculturist, Municipal Agriculturists, Agricultural Technicians for fisheries, private investors, academe and the region’s recent and former Fisherfolk Regional Directors giving them informative talks on marine and aquatic resources management and proper utilization in order to have strong linkages and collaborations. The one-day Congress focused its discussion on Aquaculture updates and potentials in the Philippines, Seaweeds Industry in the country, updates on fishery laws in the country; and success stories on mariculture investments and seaweeds post-harvest development in Caraga. Experts on these fields were invited who served as speakers in the Congress. BFAR National Assistant Director for Administrative Services Atty. Benjamin Felipe S. Tabios, Jr.,who spoke on updates on Philippine Fishery Laws with emphasis on the latest issue of Fisheries Administrative

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Orders (FAOs), represented BFAR National Director Atty. Asis G. Perez to give the participants an inspirational message. According to him, the observance of Fish Conservation Week is a nationwide undertaking that gives relevant impact on the proper management and utilization of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources. His topic focused more on the objectives and the basic provisions of the latest FAOs being approved and released to the general public. Such as; 1. FAO 238 – Rules and Regulations Governing the Implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2008 on the Catch Certification Scheme. 2. FAO 239- Not yet published 3. FAO 240 – Regulation and Implementation of the Fisheries Observer Program in the High Seas (to get the catch data and to monitor compliance of operators). 4. FAO 241 –Regulation and Implementation of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) in the High Seas- (to know the location of fishing operations within Phil. Waters). 5. FAO 242 – Reinstating the Ban on the Export of Elvers 6. FAO 243 – Guidelines on the Environmentally Sound Culture of Pangasius in the Philippines 7. FAO 244 – National Tuna Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) Management Policy 8. FAO 245 – Regulation and Implementation of Group Tuna Purse

Seine Fishing Operations in High Seas Pocket Number as a Special Management Area - (This is to limit and regulate the catch activities). Aquaculture investments potentials: Why invest in our country?, is the main topic of BFAR National Assistant Director for Technical Services Gil A. Adora. His presentations served as backgrounder to expand imagination of the participants of how our fisheries will be in the future. A little bit expansion from the program of BFAR and the fisheries industry, he said that the trajectory of how the bureau is doing now is focused more on investments towards conservations. That is why heavy investments on mangrove planting and reforestation are now initiated because it is basic in trying to rehabilitate the fishery habitats until such time that these habitats will be fully rehabilitated and the fisheries will be fully recovered. The Philippine’s fisheries profile comparing its productivity from other countries was also given emphasis in his presentation to show that the country has the longest coastline areas compared to China and Thailand but the lowest in production. This means that we are not exploiting to the maximum the country’s resources. It is therefore logical to say that investments has to be studied and should be rationalized so that we would be able to benefit the country’s marine and aquatic resources, Adora said.


Director Adora also mentioned that there are a lot of positive factors why it is advantageous to invest in fisheries. First, the country’s locational factors such as the existence of large and ideal pockets of production, year-round fish production, quality manpower resources, cheap labor costs, world-class financial, legal, accounting and other support services, and the presence of research institutions. Second, the advantages on export markets. The Philippines provides a natural gateway to other Asia- Pacific economies. It has flourishing trade links with its Asian neighbors due to shared history, cultures and traditions. Geographically, the Philippines is centrally situated along the world’s fastest growing regions. Other factors include it has a free market economy, improved business climate, encouraged foreign investments, presence of post-harvest facilities and HACCP compliant for EU market requirement. He also added that the best area for fisheries investments is to the established Mariculture Parks (MP) wherein different species of fish, seaweeds and other high-value marine products can be cultured at a right technology. In Caraga, there are already four MPs established located in Barobo-Surigao del Sur, NabagoSurigao City, Dapa-Siargao Islands and Basilisa-Province of Dinagat Islands. Investments is not only for fish production. Feedmills, intensification of production in brackishwater fishponds, fabrication of seacages and other equipments and aqua tourism are also a bright business investments initiatives. Organic aquaculture which is more trending recently was presented by no less than the National Coordinator, Chief of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Dr. Nelson A. Lopez. Organic aquaculture (OA) is an overall system

of farm management and food production that focuses on best environmental practices, in other words, OA discourages the use of fertilizers and pesticides containing toxins and non-biodegradable matters, and supplemental feeds containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms in order to maximize the growth of their products over time in limited areas, said Dr. Lopez in his slide show presentations. He also included in his presentation the Organic Aquaculture Act, Certification/Accreditations for organic farms, Philippine National Standards (PNS) for organic aquaculture, global status and trends of OA, Philippine protocols on organic aqua-farming and some issues and constraints. According to him, one of the main challenges in organic aquaculture is to be competitive with conventional farming systems. He then encouraged the participants to go ORGANIC. Seaweed industry in the country was also given due importance during the Congress. National Seaweed Coordinator Dr. Isidro Velayo discussed on the status, market opportunities including its imports and exports performance as well as the directions of Seaweeds Industry in the country. The proper way of seaweeds production giving emphasis on the methods of farming was also tackled during the presentation. The INDOG Lianga Society, Inc. then shared their success story of Seaweeds Delight product which is successfully implemented through collaborative efforts and financial assistance from BFAR-Caraga. Ms.Charlotte Mayette Z. Paredes, the consultant, gladly made an impressive view of their products, how it is made given emphasis on its sanitary performance and prepared some for free tasting by the participants.

trends in Asia were presented by BFAR Consultant for Mindanao Dr. Arnil C. Emata. He emphasized his presentation on Lobster farm production, grouper culture including its live market in the local and international level, Asian sea bass culture, yellowfin tuna breeding and larval development, mudcrab soft shell industry, seaweed farming in baskets, sea cucumber farming, marine aquarium trade, and Indonesian cages structures for milkfish culture. With regard to aquaculture ventures in Caraga, one of the successful and big-time private investors of the region’s Mariculture Parks, Mr. Christopher H. Lindo, the owner of GML Agri-Ventures, also featured his success stories of milkfish production in Barobo Mariculture Park. Mr. Lindo shared his innovations and future plans for his milkfish culture. He also shared some of his secret recipes that made his fisheries investments productive. Different issues and concerns like the commercialization of Pangasius in the region, securing of mayor’s permit or business permit to fishing vessels, pamphlets on the different species of elvers as LGU’s guide following its banning on exports, and BFAR-LGU policy on market support or formulation of marketing contracts to support fish producers, were being raised by the participants during the open forum. Positive impressions were made by the participants at the end of the Congress aiming for another round of gathering for the next year which covers additional topics pertaining to fishery law enforcement, and other relevant fisheries issues that will serve as basis for the formulation of policies and some plans and programs for the improvement of basic services to the fisherfolk in Caraga.

The present aquaculture

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Dr. Nelson Lopez (IFAD-BFAR)

Dr. Arnil C. Emata (BFAR Consultant)

BFAR Asst. Dir. Gil Adora

Dr. Isidro Velayo (Nat’l Seaweed Coordinator)

BFAR Asst. Dir. Benjamin FS Tabios, Jr.

Ms. Charlotte Mayette Z. Paredes (Consultant - INDOG Lianga Society, Inc.)

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BFAR-Caraga sets in at Camiguin Island for a Team Building Activity

The management and staff of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-RFO Caraga spent 4 days and 3 nights at Camiguin Island for a Team Building Activity. The activity which started on the 28th of September and lasted until October 1st was noteworthy knowing fun and adventure, excitement and awareness were rolled up into one. The said undertaking was a bit challenging to the whole team at first considering that they even encountered undesirable incidents such as cancelling all the preparations and arrangements made at Bohol Province. The fierce waves brought by strong winds and heavy rainfall forced all transport vessels to cancel their trip from Camiguin to Bohol. Therefore, the inclement weather condition forbid the group to travel further and rather opted to stay in Camiguin. But that incident did not discourage the team to push through the activity. According to BFAR-13

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Assistant Regional Director Judith C. Rojas, “the venue might have changed but that does not mean that we cannot continue with the planned activity and achieve our goals of initiating this team building exercise. We still have Camiguin Island to complete our task.” She further noted that, “The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is one of the largest agencies in the government and the staff in the various divisions rarely has the opportunity to interact with each other.” To make the activity more dynamic and significant, BFAR13 invited a renowned resource speaker in the person of Ms. Donnabeth Montinola whom had a one-day discussion on Stress Management and delivered a spectacular crossdivisional experiential activities that helped the whole team boost their morale and team work, understanding and productivity. The participants were divided into 3 teams

which had their own respective loud tropical-colored shirts used to denote each team’s representation. Asked if how important a team building activity can be, the facilitator stressed that, “the team building exercise is one way of achieving a sense of team spirit and working towards pursuing the goals of the office with a common purpose and shared sense of unity.” Fun, adventure and the balance between functional efficiency and cross-functional awareness within the team were carefully dovetailed to make the activity a transcendent success. The team building exercises brought a strong sense of direction, workable plans and solutions, a powerful feeling of belonging and to a clear strategic customer-focused value. As they came back to work, immediately the participants applied all the strategies they have learned from the activity.


PFO-PDI office building groundbreaking Abalone Hatchery groundbreaking

2 Major Projects Break Ground in the Province of Dinagat Islands The Bureau of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-XIII successfully breaks ground for two major projects in the Province of Dinagat Islands. The ceremonial ground breaking for the construction of Abalone Hatchery & Grow-Out System project and Provincial Fishery Office took place last September 14, 2012 at Dinagat Islands Aquaculture Development Center in Sugbuhon Islet, Bagumbayan, Dinagat and Don Rueben, San Jose, respectively. The establishment of the abalone hatchery is funded by DA-BFAR with the direct management and supervision of experts from Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) which is supported by TESDA, SEAFDEC and the local government of Dinagat and Cagdianao. The ceremonial ground breaking was graced by ARD Judith C Rojas, TESDA Regional Director Edwin C. Gatinao and Dr. Erik ten Winkel, a senior expert on Aquaculture/Fishery from Netherland PUM. Abalone juveniles is said to be abundant in the area and to its neighbouring municipalities in the

past years in which the rampant gathering by the fisherfolks causes the decline of the wild stocks nowadays. The project is aimed to generate sufficient supply of abalone juveniles for the fisherfolks who wanted to venture business in culture. This will also serves as show window to encourage fisherfolk to engange culture rather than capture.

During the ceremony, PFO Bahian said that the proposed building project was realized through the effort and support of Regional Director Nerio G. Casil. She also thanked LGU-San Jose for donating 150 square meter lot for the project. She added that the establishment of PFO-Dinagat is her legacy to their served fisherfolks in the province.

Meanwhile, the establishment of a provincial fishery office building in the Province of Dinagat Islands is one remarkable achievement of BFAR Caraga this year. The project is history in the making as it marks the first provincial fishery office in the region with its own permanent building complete with facilities.

BFAR-Caraga had its five (5) Provincial Fishery Offices (PFO) established in the provinces of Agusan del Norte headed by Ernesto J. Jamero, Agusan del Sur headed by Edgardo P. Balambao, Surigao del Norte headed by Martiniano O. Yandra, Surigao del Sur headed by Emilio H. Gulle, and the newly constituted Province of Dinagat Islands headed by Juanita M. Bahian. The PFOs are created to extend services to the fisherfolks in close coordination with the Local Government Units of their respective provinces.

The groundbreaking was conducted on September 14, 2012 at Don Ruben, municipality of San Jose spearheaded by BFAR-13 OICAssistant Regional Director Judith C. Rojas, PDI-Provincial Fishery Officer Ms. Juanita M. Bahian, officials and staff of Provincial Agriculture Office, Municipal Office of San Jose and Barangay Office of Don Ruben.

The construction of these projects is expected to end early next year for its full operation.

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“AngryFishontheRedList’:

Region-wideEssayWritingand PaintingContestconducted level and brought home Php 10,000 and a plaque of recognition as a 3rd prize winner taking great pride and honor with him all for the victory of Caraganons. Moreover, as one of the national winners his contest piece, will also be featured in the PhilPost BFAR Commemorative Stamp: Endangered and Threatened Aquatic Species Series. Other finalists in the recently concluded Fish on the Red List Painting Contest were Jestoni Quijado from Surigao del Sur State UniversityLianga Campus and Jonathan Vergara of Father Saturnino Urios University.

With the persistent problem of climate change and the continuous destruction of our natural resources because of human activities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources continues to promote the protection of endangered and threatened aquatic species. By commemorating the 65th Founding Anniversary of BFAR, as well as the observance of the 49th Fish Conservation Week and with the end-in-view to spread awareness regarding these fast-disappearing aquatic species, the agency recently conducted two youth-oriented contests that tapped the youth’s creativity through painting and writing nationwide. In the region, colleges like Father Saturnino Urios University, Caraga State University and Surigao del Sur State University-Lianga Campus never failed to participate in the Fish on the Red List Painting Contest. Giving an artistic interpretation of the protected aquatic species, college students exuded their talents that it made Bernardino Vergara, Jr. of Caraga State University one of the finalists in the Regional Level, proudly represented Caraga Region in the National

Mindanao-wide NGAS Training held in Caraga Region To uphold transparency and proper accountability in the office, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Central Office initiated a nationwide training on New Government Accounting System (NGAS) to help the employees particularly in the Finance Division be associated with handling financial reports and to revitalize their knowledge in NGAS as well. In Mindanao Cluster, BFAR-CO preferred Caraga Region to be the host of the 3-day NGAS Training. The said conference was undertaken on November 19-23, 2012 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. It was well-attended by BFAR employees from different Regional Fishery Offices in Mindanao such as Regions IX, X, XI, XII, XIII (Caraga) and ARMM. There were also delegates invited from National Research and Development Institute (NFRDI).

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Meanwhile, high school students were also given the chance to espouse and promote the advocacy of marine life protection in the Angry Fish Essay Writing Contest with the theme, “Heeding the Call for the Conservation and Protection of Endangered and Threatened Fish Species”. The pronounced finalists in the said contest in the Regional Level were: 1. Sharmaine Ortiz from Malimono National High School; 2. Milleni Bacoy of Bunawan National High School; and 3. Dua Aeka Uriarte a high school student from Caraga Regional Scince High School. They also successfully represented the region in the Angry Fish Essay Writing Contest-National Level. The said regional competition was held last September 28, 2012 at VCDU Prince Hotel. As partners, BFAR-13 invited judges from Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office and from identified State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). These competent adjudicators expressed their inmost appreciation towards the organizers for initiating such event. They were in fact proposing to have that kind of activity regularly to give youths the opportunity to showcase their talents and at the same time grasp cognizance on protecting and conserving not only the endangered and threatened aquatic species but also all other existing marine creatures this country possessed. was concluded and performers from the Special Program in the Arts Dance Group of Agusan National High School made the event more vibrant as they showcase the rich culture and heritage of Caraga Region through a series of dance presentation. BFAR-13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil conveyed how grateful he is upon choosing Caraga Region to be the host of the said training. “It is always been our pleasure that you always choose Caraga Region. To be of service to everyone is an overwhelming experience indeed and by constantly choosing us is a good indication that we satisfactorily serve you during your short stay with us. You were not only giving us the opportunity to show you what we have in Caraga but more importantly, you allowed us to show you what we can do for you,” he quipped. The NGAS Training was also graced by some of the respected heads in BFAR-Central Office Finance Division like Ms. Felisa Poniente, Chief-Finance Division; Ms. Victoriana Ba-ay, Assistant Cashier; and Ms. Leonora Jagorin, Head Bookkeeper/ Consolidation.


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confiscates protected sea shells for transport to Cebu

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he Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Services (FIQS)of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-13 have confiscated some 65 pieces of sea shells of different kinds at Port of Surigao City, preventing its transport to Cebu City on June 29, 2012. According to Quarantine staff assigned at the port, Ms. Paz Rizalie Lansilay, the shells were contained in a box and a sack neatly covered with newspapers and cellophanes which was owned by a certain Leo Bahag , a resident from Barobo, Surigao del Sur. It was supposed to be shipped to Cebu City for commercial purposes.

The confiscation report revealed that there were 10 pieces Tambuli (Trumpet triton), 1 piece White-toothed cowrie (Cypraea leocodon), 1 piece Martini’s cowrie (Cypraea martini), 2 pieces Beck’s cowrie (Cypraea becki) and 50 pieces Tiger’s cowries (Cypraea tigris), and other unidentified shells in which according to the owner will have a total selling price of P20,000. “The buying, using, gathering, possessing and/or transporting of these species are protected under Philippine laws, said Mr. Antonio S. Boiser, OICFisheries Quarantine Office. These species are prohibited and regulated under Republic Act. No. 8550, Section 97, Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No,

158, series of 1986, FAO No. 208, series of 2001, the International Treaty-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the recently issued FAO 233,series of 2010, the Aquatic Wildlife Conservation. BFAR-13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil said that this has been the largest volume of confiscation of these protected shells in the region. We should save and protect them and let us bring them back to the sea so that our next generation may see, he added. The confiscated shells were turnedover to BFAR-13 Quarantine Office for preservation to its mini library and display center in Surigao City.

BFAR intensifies drive for sustainable utilization of marine resources, begets Grouper and Siganids Management Plan In view of the need for proper and sustainable utilization of country’s diverse marine resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources formed a new Technical Working Group (TWG) that will closely study, monitor and provide inputs for the establishment of a management measure for Grouper and Siganids. The recently created group to facilitate the management measure for sustainable utilization of grouper (Serranidae) resources is composed of BFAR Assistant National Director Gil A. Adora as Chairman, with co-chairmen represented by Regional Directors (RD) Nerio G. Casil (BFAR-Caraga), RD Emmanuel H. Asis (BFAR IV-B) and RD Justerie M. Granali (BFAR-VIII), and BFAR Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (IFAD) Dr. Nelson Lopez, D.FT and BFAR Capture Fisheries Division (CFD) Dr. Jonathan O. Dickson D.FT as the

team leaders. For the conservation and sustainable utilization of “Padas” (Small Siganids), the co-chairmen include RD Nestor D. Domenden and RD Dennis V. del Socorro of Regions I and V.

MOA signing of Sailfish Management Plan in Siargao Island last June, which is the Grouper and Siganids Management Plan (GSMP).

Along with the creation of the TWG was also the review and presentation of the project proposals with corresponding activities and proposed budgets of the different Regional Fisheries Office abovementioned.

As he conveyed his inmost gesture of hospitality through giving his welcome speech, BFAR-13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil, emphasized the pressing concern to ensure that fisheries and aquatic resources in Philippine waters must be judiciously and wisely utilized and managed on a sustainable way.

The two-day activity which kicked off on July 24, 2012 and culminated the following day, July 25th at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City, was spearheaded by Assistant Director Gil A. Adora, BFAR-National Assistant Director for Technical Services who himself gave his personal inputs about the need to initiate another management measure, following the newly launched and

The newly created working group had their original roles in socio economics, aquaculture technology and fishing policy and operation reviewed as well. Likewise, the respective job assignments of the Chairman, Co-Chairmen, team leaders and other members of the team were also entrusted to them.

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SPECIAL REPORT

3 Special fisheries project grants include CARAGA Caraga is one of the lucky regions to receive three (3) special fisheries projects grant for the management, conservation, protection and sustainable use of the country’s marine and aquatic resources. These special projects include; 1) Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH), 2) Coastal Resource Management and Fisheries Improvement Project (CORFIM), and 3) Unified and Enterprise Geospatial Information Systems (UEGIS). The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources as the implementing agency is now getting ready for the full implementation of these projects next year.

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UEG IS Unified and Enterprise Geospatial Information Systems (UEGIS)

Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) About ECOFISH? The project is an initiative of the Philippine Government to address the intertwined problems of marine ecosystem degradation, fish stock depletion and poverty in the small-scale fisheries sector in the Philippines. The Project’s main objective is to improve the management of the important coastal and marine resources and associate systems that support local economies in its eight target key biodiversity areas through the application of ecosystem approaches to fisheries management (EAFM) principles and practices that have proven effective in reversing the decline of fish stocks in municipal waters and building community resilience. PROJECT COVERAGE Province of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands Lead Funding Agency United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Implementing Agency Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Counterpart Agencies Provincial Governments; Local Government Units Duration 2012-2017 Expected Results 1. National capacity development program instituted to promote EAFM 2. 10 percent increase in fish biomass across the covered marine key biodiversity areas which include Caraga. 3. One million hectares of municipal marine waters under improved management 4. A core of 30 LGUs across the covered marine key biodiversity areas with improved capacity for implementing EAFM 5. 10 percent increase in number of people gaining employment or better employment from sustainable fisheries management 6. Eight public-private partnerships (PPPs) supporting the objectives of ECOFISH.

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About EUGIS? The project is formulated to enhance the planning and implementing capability of the Department of Agriculture (and the local government units) in Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zones of SAFDZs. Project Coverage Province of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte Lead Funding Agency Department of Agriculture (DA) Implementing Agency Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Counterpart Agencies Provincial Governments; Local Government Units Duration 18 months The Vision • It is envisioned that the UEGIS will help the Department (and the LGUs); • Enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the allocation and/or use of DA’s resources including that of its partner institutions, especially the LGUs; • Ensure equitable and timely distribution of goods and services; • Respond to the challenges of climate change; • Improve response time and effectiveness of emergency assistance to farmers and fisherfolk; • Provide more accurate Agriculture and Fisheries production forecasting and markets; and • Improve governance. Objectives The project aims to utilize high resolution satellite imageries in order to establish a geospatial database of agricultural and fisheries resources, improve the institutional capacity/capability of the various stakeholders, and formulate an Integrated Development Plan for the agriculture sector. What the Project will do? Participatory Mapping, Fisheries Resource Mapping, and Updating of the Provincial Fisheries Resource Profile

C O R FIM Coastal Resource Management and Fisheries Improvement Project About the Proposed Project The Project will follow an integrated bay/gulf approach covering all municipalities in a bay/gulf. The scope will cover coastal resource management (CRM) and livelihood (marine-based and land-based) to be undertaken by households engaged in fishing. IEC, capacity building/training and infrastructure development will be integrated into the CRM and livelihood components. The target group will be the small-scale fishers and women with their livelihood dependent on municipal/nearshore waters. The start of implementation is projected on November 2013. Project Components CRM, Livelihood Improvement and Project Management & Coordination Project Coverage SUMACORE covered municipalities in Surigao del Sur including Tago and Lingig, and Butuan Bay covered municipalities in Agusan del Norte Lead Funding Agency International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Implementing Agency Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Counterpart Agencies Provincial Governments; Local Government Units Duration 7 years Project Status Currently in the process of preparation of the full project proposal for submission to IFAD head office and NEDA


BFAR-13 hosts National Consultative Conference with Planners and Budget Officers Once again, BFAR-Caraga Region successfully hosted another national event this time with Planners and Budget Officers. The BFAR National Consultative Conference with Planners and Budget Officers was successfully conducted on December 10-13, 2012 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. “In the past years the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and its Regional Offices have been consistently submitting its annual budgetary requirements to the Department of Budget and Management through the Department of Agriculture. Series of budget preparation workshops have been conducted in conformity with the government’s overall policy framework and thrusts. However, it has been noticed

that problems still occur during the planning and budget preparation phase like discrepancies on estimates and indicators. Capacity building, leveling-off of ideas and other useful techniques are important factors in the accomplishment of an effective work and financial plan. Strategies and updated information are necessary in the planning and budgeting of the agency’s resources, to think that most of the Regional Planners and Budget Officers are newly assigned to the position, hence the conduct of a National Conference with the Planners and Budget Officers is timely and significant,” said BFAR-13 Regional Director Nerio G. Casil. Moreover, since planning and

budgeting requires a lot of thinking and apparently a time-consuming task, proper time and stress management program was incorporated in the program. While stress cannot be eliminated, we can learn to deal with it effectively to maximize our potential. The Stress for Success Program was then designed to enable the participants to identify the stressors in their lives, to understand how these things affect to learn and practice the coping strategies. With this, BFAR-CO invited Mr. William A. Hubahib, a Professional Stress and Time Management Lecturer, to deliberately discuss the matter. The said conference was wellparticipated by different Planners and Budget Officers from the 16 Regional Offices of BFAR. It was also graced by the Regional Director of BFAR-13, Nerio G. Casil, Ms. Felisa L. Poniente, Finance Division Chief and Mr. Sammy Malvas, FPED Chief.

ARD Rojas (6th from right) during the oath taking ceremony.

BFAR-13 OIC - Assistant Regional Director Judith C. Rojas is one of the newly elected officers of the National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (NNWFPI). ARD Rojas was elected as the membership representative of the NNWFPI. They were officially inducted by BFAR National Director Atty. Asis G. Perez and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos on December 17, 2012 during the induction and oath taking ceremony held in Talisay. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources |

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