A community fish landing center (CFLC) has been established in Limay town in Bataan province to help fisherfolk earn a steady income, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3).
In partnership with the local government unit of Limay town, the center located in Barangay Wawa was inaugurated in a ceremony led by BFAR-Central Luzon Fisheries Post-Harvest and Marketing Division Chief Stephen Arlo Lapid, Bataan Provincial Fishery Officer Harlyn Purzuelo and other local officials.
The construction cost of the CFLC, equipped with freezers and other tools for fish processing, was pegged at more than P3 million, according to a Philippine News Agency report.
According to BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz, the CFLC will house post-harvest equipment and tools that will enable fisherfolk to preserve the good quality of their fish and fishery products, which they could sell for a higher price.
He said residents and consumers will also benefit from the fish landing center as they will have better access to safe and quality fishery commodities.
“The center will serve as a hub for landing and trading of fish and other seafood products,” he said in the PNA report.
“We are putting up CFLCs where they will be managed by the fishermen themselves. Diretso nang bibili yung mga customer sa kanila,” he added.