Lupon Gets New Fish Landing Hub

The fisherfolk in Lupon can market their catch in the recently turned-over Community Fish Landing Center

DAVAO ORIENTAL– Aiming at improving the fisheries sector, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has turned over a Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) on Friday, May 5, to the Municipal Government of Lupon.

Lupon Municipal Mayor Erlinda Lim thanked the BFAR, saying that the said project will benefit thousands of fisherfolk here, especially the Lupon Fisherfolk Association which is composed of four villages namely: Bagumbayan, Poblacion, Macangao, and Ilangay.

Lupon Municipal Mayor Erlinda Lim thanked the BFAR, saying that the said project will benefit thousands of fisherfolk.

Started on October 2016, the project that costs Php 2,679,621.57, will serve as hub for fish landing and auction. In addition, the CFLC will also serve as a venue for skills development training in post-harvest, value-adding and fishery conservation and resource management of the fishing community in Lupon.

Atty Glenn Pangapalan of PFDA says that the municipal government of Lupon has to manage the center well, so that it may qualify as a beneficiary of a big port in 2019.

Atty. Glen Pangapalan, General Manager of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, urged the residents here to support the program of BFAR against illegal fishing. He said that it will back their scheduled 2018 feasibility study to gain funding from the National Government in expanding the Fish Landing into a Lupon Port in year 2019 which is poised to spur local economic activity in the province as it can dock 1,000-metric tons fishing vessels.

Chief of Staff Ednar Dayanghirang has assured the fishing community that there will be an intervention from the provincial government which will address all issues the fisherfolk encounters.

Ednar Dayanghirang, Chief of Staff of the Provincial Governor’s Office, who represented Governor Nelson Dayanghirang during the ceremonial turn-over, said that “this is one of the strategies to empower the fishery sector towards improving their economic status”.

“The fisherfolk are the strategic partner of the government in trying to achieve food sufficiency which will lead to sustainable development and long lasting peace in Davao Oriental,” he said, citing the fishing industry’s projected contribution to the reduction of the province’s poverty incidence which has decreased from 48% to 25%.

The hub is poised to generate income among its beneficiaries.

He added that the fish landing center will not only benefit the fisheries sector but also the women’s sector that will facilitate in trading and processing of fish products such as dried fish, among many others.

He also underscored the center’s “big contribution to Lupon and its neighboring towns because an abundant supply of fish will result to its reasonable selling price.”

Guests lead the ribbon cutting ceremony: (from left to right) Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Finance Atty. Francisco Villano Jr. who represented Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture; Rev. Fr. Ricardo Siblos, the officiating Priest; Hon. Erlinda Lim, the Lupon Municipal Mayor; Atty. Glen Pangapalan, PFDA General Manager; and, Ednar Dayanghirang, the Chief of Staff of the provincial Government of Davao Oriental.

Considering fisheries sector as one of the poorest of the poor in the country, Dayanghirang disclosed that the provincial government here will come up with a development plan for this sector. “We will gather baseline data of the actual situation of the fisher folks from Banaybanay down to Boston. We will work together from the barangay level up to the municipality, province, BFAR, and our congress representatives and senators to allocate funds to address the issues of our fisher folks”, he assured.

Meanwhile, Fatma Idris, Regional Director of BFAR XI, has commended Lupon coastline’s clean waters and has challenged the residents, the local government, and the coast guards to seize the national award of having the cleanest coastal area. By Riza M. Golez

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