By: Estrella Z. Gallardo
Fifty one (51) personnel of the Bureau of Fishers and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture (DA-BFAR) again completed the 90-day boot camp just like first batch at the National Brackishwater Fisheries Technology Center (NBFIC) in Sitio Iringan Palsabangan, Quezon and graduated on April 12, 2015 at the BFAR Pagbilao Quezon.
The second batch that completed the training, “Matindi” class, followed the 62 personnel of “Malakas” came from the 13 Regions of the 7,100 islands of the archipelago.
DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala welcomed the recent addition to the law enforcers unit whose responsibilities include patrolling and monitoring of the country’s fishing grounds.
“We are happy that many of our personnel were able to brave the intensive three-month boot camp. This, in a way, assures of the capability of our employees who will look after the protection our fisheries and aquatic resources,” he said.
Alcala stressed that as the government strengthens its fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, the country is also making progress in alleviating the condition of the local fishing industry and the livelihood of some 1.8 million fishery and stakeholders.
Concurrent DA Undersecretary for fisheries and BFAR national director Asis G. Perez said they followed the program modules of the previous training which goes by two parts- the 30-day transition period in which participants were indoctrinated on discipline, conduct and values, basic tactical training, and strenuous physical training; and the 60-day raining on BFAR operations and protocols, fishery laws and aquatic protection, shipboard operations and practicum, advance tactical training, water search and rescue, field training exercises and physical development program.
Also part of the BFAR’s law enforcement capacity-strengthening is the procurement of 27units of 40-footer Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) vessels, 70 units of 30-footer multi-mission vessels and, two units 50-meter vessel equipped with necessary special operations tools and devices such as service fire arms, GPS night vision goggles, scuba gears and, rigid-hulled inflatable rubber boats.
Perez said BFAR is increasing the number of law enforcers to 700 who will be deployed soon to the country’s major fishing areas.
Usec Perez said during the press conference that the personnel undergoing the said training are BFAR’s employees who are degree holders and have civil service eligibility. The courses they have Finished were Bachelor of laws, BS Fisheries Biology,Environment Science, Nursing, Criminology, Education, Animal Science, Marine Biology and DVM and age ranges from 21 to 36
the graduates referring to the first batch are now deployed to their respective regions Where they come from.
The graduates of the second batch were:ARNULFO E. TABNERNA, DENNIS F. DEVERA, CRISENTE P. GAYANG, JUNIOR CESAR B. MARTINEZOLIVA O. LEDDA,REGINA C. CACHOSARAH MAY D. ERFELO,MANILYN M . AQUILEÑA,RIZA I. UNDIANA,MARLO B. RAPOSAS JR.,GERALD KERBY B. LUMAUAN,RONLET L. ADDUN,JOSEPH M. MAGOS,KEITH E. CARLOY E.,CHARITY H. EDNALINO,REYNALDO L. ORDONIO JR.,ALJON S. ANDRADE,MANUEL O. BANTON ALEXANDER T. FONATANILLA,RUEL G. GARCIA,RAFFY D. TUMALAC,GLEN M. PACLIBAR,CHEZTER G. CARPIO,JERIC S. MANES,DANNY L. DOMINGO,EFRAIM T. MENDOZARONNIEL DAVEN P. FERNANDEZ,JULIOUS P. OLIVIDO,KALYP B. SILVERIO,JULIO . RAMOSZYRILL CESAR B. RAMIREZ,ARIEL V. CALAMAYA ,EDMAR KRISTOPHER P. PETALLANARANDY C. OGNILLA,ISIDRO G. BAJAR JR.,JERRYSON B. CILLO,JAYPEE M. TIGOL,JEROME J. BANAWARICHARD M. CLAUNAN,DHANDY P. DINOPOL,CHARLON G. CATIPAY,DANIEL JHON J. TAGARDA, JHONREY L. BARRIENTOS,MARVIE PADASAY,CHYSERR C. BELVIS,JOSE ANDREW A. ABELLO, RAYMUND G. PILOTON,BRIAN B. VILLANUEVA,JOVER C. GARRIDO,ISABEL J. GAMOS (PSciJourn MegaManila)