The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted the executive briefing by USAID Fish Right Program at a hotel in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, yesterday.
Participating in the briefing on this multi-sector initiative to support local programs to improve the fishery sector in the South Negros Marine Key Biodiversity Area (SN MKBA), were the PCCI, the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the support of the BFAR-USAID Fish Right Program and its other partners, including the DENR, DTI, Philippine Coast Guard, and the local media. The NOCCI and the MBCCI have committed to support fishery development as a sectoral priority for ensuring the well-being of the people.
The PCCI is embarking on making the fishery sector a major sectoral member of the chamber. The organization recognizes the SN-MKBA’s role in securing the food and protein supply of the people, with the Filipinos’ high dependence on fish.
USAID Fish Right Southern Negros principal investigator, Ben Malayang III, and Resonance Global representative Patrick Co, gave an overview of the project, that covers the municipal waters from Dumaguete City to Basay in Negros Oriental, and from Hinoba-an to Cauayan in Negros Occidental.
Also present at the executive briefing were NOCCI president Francisco Martinez, Bayawan City Mayor Henry Pryde Teves, Vice-Mayor Pempo Martinez, MBCCI president Frank Carbon and chairman Roberto Montelibano, NOCCI executive director John Jalandoni, and the South Negros Fish Right project team.*
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