BANGUS FRY DISTRIBUTION. Wilfredo Cruz, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon (center) leads the distribution of bangus fry in Bataan on Friday (Sept. 25, 2020). The move is part of BFAR’s 57th FishCon festivities and in line with the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra sa Covid-19” program. (Photo by BFAR-Central Luzon)
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office here distributed on Friday some eight million bangus (milkfish) fry in Bataan to help ease the economic impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The beneficiaries from the municipalities of Abucay, Hermosa, and Orani received their fish stocks in simultaneous distributions as part of the agency’s 57th FishCon festivities and in line with the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra sa Covid-19” (ALPAS) program.
BFAR regional director Wilfredo Cruz, in a social media post, said Central Luzon will have more than 100 million bangus fry allocation to be distributed in some provinces in the region where the food fish production system proved to be the most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic.
“This initiative of DA-BFAR, in support of the ALPAS program, aims to counter the significant losses in food fish production and help the small players in the industry to bounce back from the impact of the pandemic,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hermosa town Mayor Antonio Joseph Inton welcomed the initiative.
“Maraming salamat po sa BFAR at DA(Department of Agriculture) na ating partners sa programang ito (Thank you very much to BFAR and DA (Department of Agriculture) that are our partners in this program,” Inton said in his official social media account.
Last Sept. 15, the municipalities of Lubao and Sasmuan received the first batch of bangus fry allocation for the province of Pampanga.
Identified beneficiaries in the two municipalities received almost 17 million bangus fry to rehabilitate and restore the operations that have suffered from logistical difficulties during the enhanced community quarantine.
Nursery operators of Palauig and Masinloc in Zambales also received the first batch of two million bangus fry last Sept. 15 to help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.
On the other hand, more than 24 million bangus fry were also distributed last Sept. 15 to fisheries associations/cooperatives and nursery operators in the towns of Paombong and Bulakan and in Meycauayan City, all in Bulacan province. (PNA)