Aurora fisherfolk get P25-M gov’t livelihood aid

Aurora fisherfolk get P25-M gov’t livelihood aid

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has awarded more than PHP25 million worth of agri-based livelihood assistance to fisherfolk in Aurora. 

BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz led Tuesday the turnover of the aid to fishers in the towns of Baler and San Luis as part of the government’s continuing efforts to ease the adverse impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. 

Cruz said the livelihood assistance is under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act otherwise known as Bayanihan 2. 

He said the package included two commercial fishing boats with complete paraphernalia and 157 life vests. 

“All these were funded under Bayanihan 2 and was downloaded to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Luzon through the Department of Agriculture as a response of assistance for the fisherfolk communities to recover from the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Cruz said in an official social media post. 

Four “bangus” (milkfish) livelihood cages worth PHP820,000 were also awarded to three fisherfolk associations and one cooperative in Baler. 

This came from a regular fund under DA-BFAR’s Production Support Service. (PNA) 

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