BFAR-12 allots P5.7M for 2 fish landing centers in coastal communities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 has allocated around P5.7 million for the development of two community fish landing centers (CFLCs) in two coastal communities in the region.

Omar Sabal, BFAR-12 information officer, said Thursday the two CFLCs, each costing P2.85 million, were among the major projects that were approved for funding and implementation in the region this year under its flagship Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation in the Fishery Sector or Target program.

He said the development of the CFLCs is under the fourth phase of the Target program, which mainly aims to uplift the socio-economic status of the country’s poor fisherfolk.

BFAR-12 launched last February the program’s third phase or provision of livelihood component, which had an initial funding of around P55 million.

Sabal said the two CFLCs will be established in Barangay Tibpuan in Lebak town and Barangay Milbuk in Palimbang, both in Sultan Kudarat province.

He said BFAR-12 will supervise the construction of the CFLCs in coordination with the municipal governments of Lebak and Palimbang.

The agency earlier signed memorandums of agreement with the two local governments, which were required to provide the project sites as counterpart.

“The preparatory works are currently ongoing and we’re working on starting with the construction phase of the Lebak project early next month,” Sabal told MindaNews.

For the Palimbang CFLC, he said they are completing the necessary documents and preparation of the project site.

“Both projects are targeted for full completion and turnover to the community-beneficiaries early next year,” he said.

The CFLCs are composed of a community port or fish landing facility and a multi-purpose building.

The building will serve as auction area for the fish catches as well as venue for trainings and meeting of the beneficiaries.

The BFAR central office had approved the construction this year of a total of 252 CFLCs in the entire country.

It will construct next year 252 more CFLCs, 10 of which will be in inland and coastal fishing areas in Region 12.

Sabal said the 10 CFLCs will be distributed in the provinces of Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and South Cotabato.