“BFAR@73: Improved Service, Quality and Strong Partnerships Towards Fish Sufficiency” is this year’s theme for the celebration of BFAR’s 73rd founding anniversary. True to its thrust on sustainability and sufficiency, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office XI (BFAR XI) started its celebration with a symbolic stocking of 3,000 pieces of Tilapia fingerlings in manmade reservoir (Small Water Impounding Project) in Barangay Callawa, Buhangin District, Davao City in coordination with the Local Government of Davao City.
In another development, “Big brother, small brother” was conceptualized as part of the operational arrangements of the 62-footer Tuna handliner. Big investors to support small fisherfolk cooperatives to strengthen partnerships among stakeholders.
Geared towards fish sufficiency, BFAR 11 intensifies its Bangus sufficiency program, as part of the development agenda of OIC, RD Alfeo G. Piloton. By providing the technical and logistical requirements of the government and privately-owned Bangus Hatchery to supplement the bangus requirements, not only of the Davao region, but also of the whole Mindanao.
The 73rd Founding Anniversary marked the breakthrough of BFAR in its commitment to sustainable development in the fishery sector, consequently, foregrounded BFAR’s implementation of Davao Gulf Closed Season and various fisheries projects to enhance productivity and sustainability of fisheries resources for the benefit of the fisherfolk and the coastal communities, which are anchored under the Masaganang ANI at Mataas na KITA Program of Secretary William “Manong Willie” Dar of Department of Agriculture.
Due to observance of health protocols against COVID-19, other activities were conducted via video teleconferencing. The virtual program was opened by Atty. Rachel Mernil O. Maratas-Bacera, OIC-FAD. Said program was arranged consisting of webinars and virtual trivia games pertaining to fisheries information and programs participated by BFAR XI Personnel. The program ended with the message of Evelyn F. Basco, Chief Fishing Regulations Officer/ OIC-RFTFCD.