BONTOC, Mountain Province – About 60 identified fisherfolk and some local government units were beneficiaries of the worth Php 500,000-worth of assistance from the Provincial Government as support to the fishery program of the province.
Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., Board Member Ezra Samson A. Gomez and Provincial Veterinarian Rodelio B. Bagawi led the turnover ceremony of the assistance in the forms of tilapia feeds consisting of fry mash, pre-starter, starter, grower, and finisher; aquaponics; and four oxygen tanks for the municipalities of Paracelis and Sabangan and two identified farmer beneficiaries from Tadian at the frontage of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) on August 30, 2023.
According to Supervising Agriculturist Josephine Dao-wan of the PVO, most of the recipients are small-scale hatchery fisherfolk and fingerlings suppliers. She said that an addition of 50,000 fingerlings will also be handed to the beneficiaries once delivered.
In his message, Governor Lacwasan said that the assistance intends to help the local fisherfolk in the province and increase their supplies.
The Governor also relayed that an amount of Php 500,000 extracted from the five-million-peso cash assistance from the Office of Senator Robinhood C. Padilla will be used to purchase more feeds to be distributed to local fisherfolks who were affected by Super Typhoon Egay.
Meanwhile, Board Gomez mentioned that the continuous assistance from the Provincial Government to the different sectors in the province is a result of the harmonious working relationship among the provincial officials.
Gomez shared that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has recently crafted ordinances which were approved by the Provincial Governor to further support local farmers in the province and also, to recognize their important roles.
Moreover, Bagawi joined the officials in urging the recipients to take advantage of the government support to increase their production and expand their market potential.
Aside from the assistance to fisherfolk, bee colonies were also handed over to four beekeepers whose livelihood were affected by Typhoon Egay. By MP PIO