Bantay Kalikasan Program Director Norie Garcia,ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Chairman Gina Lopez, BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez and AHON Initiative Coordinator, Melanie R. Guerra signed Memorandum of Agreement to help the fishermen affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
MANILA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya sealed a partnership to help fishermen affected by Typhoon Yolanda get back on their feet.
The partnership aims to help affected fisherfolks from Basey, Sta. Rita and Marabut in Samar, and Dulag in Leyte. This project by BFAR, dubbed as "AHON!" targets to serve around 135,000 fisherfolks whose livelihood was destroyed by the typhoon.
The project has released 11,000 boat materials, 4,000 of which have started working.
BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez said the agency is looking into developing aquaculture industry in these areas so that fishermen don't have to depend solely on their catch from the sea.
Fishing boats, motor engines, fishing gears and seaweed farm implements are also going to be distributed.
“Time will come when these fishermen will no longer be poor. Right now, they only enjoy 35% of their catch because of spoilage caused by the lack of facilities and infrastructure,” he said.
The aquaculture project of BFAR will provide every fisherman a cage containing milkfish, lapu-lapu and other kinds of fish that they can culture.
Sagip Kapamilya will help in marketing and generating the value of produce to the larger public, eventually turning this simple livelihood into a booming business.
Perez said the benefits of this industry can be felt after three months, but it needs time to completely flourish.
“Now that they have their own boats, they can catch at least 10 kilos of fish , if they sell it at P50 a kilo, they can easily earn P500,” he added.
Sagip Kapamilya has also started training the communities on how to manage sustainable livelihood.
The BFAR has distributed cages and seaweed inputs to 5,000 families.
Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya is optimistic about the success of this project that will benefit the fishermen.
“We love our fishermen. We have lots of fishermen so we need to remove them from poverty. Together with the help of the government and ABS-CBN, we can do this,” she said.
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