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W. Visayas municipalities win P3.5M worth of fisheries, livelihood project

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) gave P3.5 million worth of fisheries and livelihood project to the top three municipalities that won the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) Search for the Most Outstanding Coastal Community in Western Visayas.

The municipality of Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental received P2 million after snagging the first place. The municipality of San Joaquin, Iloilo and Culasi, Antique received P1 million and P500,000 after landing the second and third place, respectively.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) VI Regional Director Remia Aparri handed over the checks and plaques to representatives of the winning local government units at the program held during the regional celebration of the 56th Fish Conservation Week.

Aparri said the celebration of the 56th Fish Conservation Week underscores the need to increase yield and profit through sustainable and healthy fisheries.

This is marked with the theme “Itaguyod ang Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan Tungo sa Masaganang ANI at Mataas na KITA sa Industriya ng Pangisdaan.” [Promote clean and bountiful sea towards abundant harvest and high profit in the fishing industry]

She said the theme is anchored on the agency’s program dubbed MMK program and the New Thinking for Philippine Agriculture by newly-installed Department of Agriculture Secretary Dr. Wlliam Dar, who has that vision of doubling the income of farmers and fisherfolks.

“With this paradigm and with our celebration’s theme, the increased income and productivity could not be attained if the local government units that have the major role in their respective municipal waters will not participate in the MMK contest of BFAR,” said Aparri.

MMK focuses on promoting fisheries protection and conservation, centers on the significance of sustainably managing our fisheries and aquatic resources, and promotes stakeholders agreement.

The search for MMK aims to recognize outstanding initiatives and contributions of coastal municipalities/cities to sustainable fisheries development.

It has five criteria for evaluation that include no illegal fishing; observance of off-fishing season, declared marine protected areas, clean coastal waters without any garbage or industrial effluence flowing to the sea, and effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.

In the national level, grand winner will receive P30 million worth of livelihood projects and sustainably managing their coastal resources.


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