January 31, 2023

PILAR, Abra – Fisherfolks of Barangay Ocup brought home fingerlings and fishtraps after taking part in a Serbisyo Caravan recently.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources distributed 18,000 pieces of tilapia and 2,500 catfish fingerlings, 240 fish traps and fry mash for free to fisherfolks identified by the barangay.
Provincial Fishery Officer Janet Daguio said the distributed fingerlings were spawned at the BFAR’s outreach station in Rizal, Kalinga.
She said the fingerlings with a survival rate of 80 percent may be harvested in four to five months for as long as they are properly fed.
Daguio said a fishery coordinator is hired to monitor the progress and development of the fingerlings in the area including its management.
The Serbisyo Caravan is part of the week-long immersion activities in the barangay identified as conflict-cleared barangay under the Retooled Community Support Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
This is also part of the government’s program in ending local communist armed conflict under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70.
Daguio said BFAR is expected to turn over six motorized boats in Villaviciosa, Pilar, Luba, Langiden, San Quintin, and Bucay. The motorized boats are given for free with each boat serving two fisherfolks.
Additional 20 units of motorized boats will be given to the province next year. – Susan C. Aro