CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office here on Wednesday distributed some PHP1 million worth of aquaculture equipment and materials to fisherfolk in Aurora towns.
BFAR-3 Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz on Thursday said the move aims to help the recipients recover from losses as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Cruz said the beneficiaries were tilapia growers, Ilongot Bugkalot tribal council and the Lobot and Mijares fisherfolk associations in the towns of Maria Aurora and Dipaculao.
He said the aquaculture equipment distributed includes a multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer, polyethylene nets, 10 horsepower water pumps, smokehouses, bangus fry collectors, refractometers, sacks of fertilizer, and lime and tea seeds.
Last March 29, the BFAR-3 awarded PHP11.7 million to jumpstart the rebuilding of some 200 fishing boats to help rehabilitate the livelihood of the distressed fisherfolk and their families in Dingalan.
“Our main concern now is to provide the necessary assistance for our fisherfolk to bounce back from this challenge and return to their livelihood. We are grateful for all the support coursed through the BFAR,” Cruz said in a statement. (PNA)