BONTOC, Mountain Province – Thirty-five fisherfolks in this capital town received tilapia fingerlings on March 1.
Office of the Municipal Agriculturist Administrative Officer IV Ross Kiat-ong said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources provided 40,000 tilapia fingerlings to the local government unit, which the latter distributed to the recipients.
The local government shouldered the hauling of fingerlings from La Trinidad Fish Farm in Benguet and its distribution to the beneficiaries in Bontoc.
Kiat-ong added the fingerlings distribution aims to eradicate poverty in the communities by strengthening the livelihood activities of marginalized fisherfolks.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., thanked the BFAR for its continuous assistance to the fisherfolks in the locality, and expressed high hopes the tilapia fingerlings distribution will ensure a sufficient supply of fish in the market for public consumption.
He assured the recipients the Bontoc LGU shall continue to strengthen its linkages and partnership with the BFAR to continue to support the programs in the marine and fishery sectors by way of developing resources to sustain the aquaculture productivity and uplift the living standard of fisherfolks. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay