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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, September 8, 2016
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Fish landing centers
eyed in 6 NegOr LGUs

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 7 is eyeing the construction of community fish landing centers in six local government units in Negros Oriental.

BFAR-7 director Andres Bojos said each community fish landing center will cost P3 million, and he urged the officials of Guihulngan City, Siaton, Amlan, Dumaguete, Sta. Catalina and Bayawan to put up their counterparts, by providing the land where the center will be put up.

Bojos lamented that the implementation of livelihood projects are delayed due to bickering and politicking between the office of the chief executive and the sanggunian. He said these livelihood projects are intended for the poorest of the poor fishermen, adding he was told that some mayors had a hard time having a memorandum of agreement approved by the sanggunian, including the authority for the mayor to sign the MOA.

He stressed that these are documentary requirements needed to legitimize transaction in government and funds will not be made available in the absence of these requirements.

Dumaguete City Agriculture Office head William Ablong said Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo wanted to fast-track the processing of papers for the lot intended as a community fish landing center in Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan, which was offered by the Uypitching family.

Remollo thanked the Uypitching family for their desire to help the city and the fishermen of Canday-ong acquire a facility such as this.

Siaton Mayor Fritz Diaz said he is looking for funds for the purchase of a lot where the community fish landing center would be established.

Diaz said he prefers to locate the landing center in Barangay Maloh, Siaton. Coming from a family with grandparents who are fishermen, he said he feels for the need of fishermen to have this facility.

Meanwhile, the BFAR distributed stainless fish stalls worth P700,000 to nine LGUs in Negros Oriental, in ceremonies at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites in Dumaguete City Tuesday.

Bojos turned over nine units to Guihulngan City, Bais City with 13 units, Tanjay City 9, Bayawan City 11, Dumaguete 13, Sibulan and San Jose with three each, and Siaton and Sta. Catalina with nine stainless fish stalls each.

He said the units are a showcase of what an ideal fish stall should be for local government units to replicate, adding that this is a continuing intervention of the agency to help fisher folks preserve the freshness of the products being displayed in the markets as well as enhance the sanitation of public markets.

Of the units, 33 are standalone stainless fish stalls each while 44 are the cladding type.*JG


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