DA-BFAR turns over 200 fishing boats, 5M fingerlings to Lake Lanao folks - DA Sec. Piñol

Photo taken October last year / grabbed from Manny  Piñol's FB page

Manila, Philippines – as part of Marawi rehabilitation and recovery, the department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will turn over 200 Philippine-made fiberglass fishing boats to lake Lanao.

These initiative is part of DA-BFAR’s contribution to the recovery of Marawi city and Lanao de Sur.
Aside from the fiber glass boats, first 200, 000 Tilapia fingerlings were also seeded at the Lake Lanao.

President Rodrigo Duterte will honor the turnover of the boats to its beneficiaries today, as noted by Depart of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on his Facebook report.

Check out the complete post below.


By Manny Piñol

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), an agency under the Department of Agriculture, will turn over to Lake Lanao fisher folks today 200 Philippine-made fiberglass fishing boats as part of its contribution to the rehabilitation and recovery program for Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.

The first 200,000 Tilapia fingerlings of the total 5-M earmarked for Lake Lanao will also be seeded today with the remaining 4.8-M fingerlings which would include Bangus to be dropped in the 35,000-hectare lake by 2018.

BFAR National Director, Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, will formally turn over the fishing boats to the beneficiaries in the presence of President Rody Duterte today.

A bagful of fingerlings will also be turned over to the fisher folks in symbolic ceremony while another group of BFAR personnel will make the actual seeding of the 200,000 fingerlings in Lake Lanao.

The fiberglass fishing boats which come complete with fishing paraphernalia and 18-horsepower engines are part of the FB Pagbabago fiberglass fishing boats distribution program of the DA BFAR.

Over 5,000 fiberglass fishing boats, which are built by the beneficiaries themselves with the help of DA BFAR technicians, have been distributed to poor fishing families all over the country since the start of the Duterte Presidency.

The fingerlings dispersal, on the other hand, is part of the Project BASIL or Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa, a program of the DA BFAR which aims to repopulate the country's lakes, rivers and creeks with indigenous and non-invasive fish species.

Project BASIL was launched in Laguna de Bay on June 19 with the seeding of Tilapia, Bangus, ayungin, salad and biya fingerlings and also young freshwater shrimps or "lang."

Project BASIL aims to provide inland fishermen access to fresh water fish for their food supply and livelihood as well.

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