The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) launched the 252 Community Fish Landing Center Center (CFLC), Boat Admeasurement Mobile Application and the Awarding Ceremony of the Top 100 Municipalities First to Complete FishR on February 6, 2015, 9:00 in the morning, at the Oasis Hotel and Resort in Tanza, Cavite.
The launching of the establishment of Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLCs) is part of BFAR’s TARGET or Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation program in the fishery sector. It is being implemented in collaboration with NAPC and other partner agencies. Two hundred fifty two (252) fish landing sites will be strategically established nationwide and are envisioned to reduce fisheries post-harvest losses from 25% to 18%, thereby improving the fisherfolk’s income.
During this event, BFAR will also award P2M-worth of fisheries livelihood projects to the first 100 Municipalities who are completed the FishR and BoatR Program, which to date has already registered 1.5 million fisherfolk since it was launched last year.
Finally, the launching of the Boat Admeasurement Mobile Application, which is part of the on-going National Program on the Municipal Fishing Vessels and Gears Registration Program (BoatR). The DA-BFAR has partnered with Smart Telecommunications in developing the said mobile application to fast track the boat registration program.
Among the key personalities who are present during the event was Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR national director Asis Perez, NAPC Secretary Jose Eliseo Rocamora, LMP President Mayor Leonardo M. Javier, Jr., and DOLE, Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz. Aside from the officers and representatives from partner agencies, almost 400 municipal mayors from all over the country attended the said event.