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BFAR brings Industry Forum to fisherfolks in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 1 stages its 55th Fishery Industry Stakeholders Forum in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.


A total of 126 representatives from the fishery sector from the 23 cities and municipalities of the province participated in the day-long event this November 25.


The forum, which carries the theme “Sa Pagbubuklod at Pagkakaisa, Matatag at Maunlad na Industriyang Pangisdaan ay Matatamasa, Tungo sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita,” aimed to bring market linkage opportunities, access to credit instructions, availing of latest fishery innovations and technologies, and discussions on fishing laws and regulations.


A total of 126 representatives from the fishery sector from the 23 cities and municipalities of the province participated in the 55th Fishery Industry Forum led by BFAR RO1. (EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)
Five private fishery companies joined in the 55th Fishery Industry Forum to bring closer their products and services to the fisherfolks who participated in the forum. (EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)
Dir. Rosario Segundina P. Gaerlan, Regional Director of the BFAR Region 1 gave her message during the 55th Fishery Industry Forum, last week. (EJFG PIA Ilocos Norte)

Dir. Rosario Segundina P. Gaerlan, Regional Director of the BFAR Region 1 recognized fishery as one of the leading industries for food security in the region.


“Ang activity na ito aims to bring together various stakeholders of the fisheries industry to meet and greet, this is a venue for sharing information on the latest trends, practices, regulations, trade requirements, and promotion of products and services,” she said.


Twelve government agencies put up their stations to bring their services closer and more accessible to the beneficiaries. Moreover, five private companies selling feeds, fingerlings, fishing equipment, and boat tracking devices conducted an exhibition on how to use their products.


Lawyer Jerick Christian Dagdaga, head of the Legal Unit of BFAR-RO1, discussed one of the main topics during the forum, which covered the salient points of the Republic Act 10654 on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Management.


Dagdaga’s discussion centered on responsible and legal fishing, economic zones, and punishments for unlawful fishing activities.


Moreover, the fisherfolks also benefitted from the discussion on credit and insurance programs for fisherfolks discussed by representatives from the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), and the Philippine Crop Insurance Cooperative (PCIC). (JCR/JPD/EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)

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