Zambales fisher folk receive P10M worth of boats
Some P10 million worth of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats of varying sizes were distributed to Zambales fishermen venturing into the West Philippine Sea, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office.
In a Philippine News Agency report, BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz said the boats are motorized and with complete fishing accessories that can be used by those fishing more than 15 kilometers from the shoreline.
“Ine-expect natin na kakayanin ng mga bangkang ito na pumalaot, partikular doon sa Bajo de Masinloc at syempre, maragdagan ang produksyon ng mga isda na nanggagaling sa West Philippine Sea,” Cruz said.
The program is under the bureau’s “F/B Pagbabago,” one of BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona’s priority projects to improve fishermen’s livelihood by providing them with durable boats.
F/B Pagbabago focal person Pierre Velasco said through the new boats, sustainable and responsible fishing is expected not just for the beneficiaries but also for the future generations of fishermen.
The 10 “mother” boats, which are 38-footer fishing vessels, were distributed to fishermen’s groups consisting of six to eight individuals each.
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