BONTOC, Mountain Province – Five fisherfolks received a total of 4,000 Tilapia fingerlings and 44 sacks of feeds from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
According to Administrative Officer IV Ross Kiat-ong of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg), the distribution of fingerlings and feeds is under the Technology Demonstration Project and technical assistance to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Barangays Program of the BFAR-CAR.
The five beneficiaries include two fisherfolks from Barangay Maligcong and three from Barangay Tocucan.
In an interview, Bontoc Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., mentioned that the provision of Tilapia fingerlings would be a great avenue for economic development as it would provide livelihood and business opportunities as well as further development of the agriculture sector as a whole.
Further, he assured the continued support of the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) to the local fisherfolks as one of the pillars of the current administration is Economic Empowerment which involves promotion of organic agriculture and recovery of local enterprise.
The turnover was held on March 21, 2023, at the Municipal Capitol.