BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has opened the latest community fish landing center in the province worth P 2.8 million in the coastal village of Puerto Rivas Ibaba, this City, to provide efficient and effective distribution of marine products to public markets.
Ms. Roneth B. Santos, Management and Information Services Office (MISO) head, explained that Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia had forged an agreement with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to set-up a community fish landing center in the reclamation site of the City’s coastal village under the Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (TARGET).
Ms. Santos stressed the advantages of the new solar-powered structure which is equipped with cold storage segment, stainless built stalls and strategically located as feasible marketing location for fishery products which would offer competitive price with greater economic impact to the livelihood of fishermen in the four coastal villages of Sibacan, Tortugas, Puerto Rivas Ibaba and Puerto Rivas Itaas.
According to Ms. Santos, Mayor Garcia acknowledges the income generation factor of the fish center, the fifth of its kind constructed in the province, which would further enhance the quality of life of the residents.
The existence of the fish landing center would facilitate the operation of top- quality mechanism to oversee the inflow of fresh fish to the public markets and strictly control the movement of dynamited fish to consumers.
With the positive multi-functional role of the community fish landing center, Mayor Garcia has also negotiated with the DA the granting of P 4 million worth of farm machineries and 18 fishing boats and equipment to different barangay associations.
Ms. Santos articulated the collaboration between the City government and the Department of Agriculture (DA) would hasten agro-fishery production in the fast growing component city in Central Luzon.