TAGBILARAN CITY, June 8 (PIA)--Efforts to make fish accessible and affordable to Boholanos continue as the government is set to turn over a multi-million infrastructure that would conveniently allow fishermen to land their fish catch locally.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to turn over a P3 million Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) in the tourist town of Anda, Bohol anytime soon, according to BFAR Information Officer Nimfa Mesina.
During the recent meeting of the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) of which she is a member, Mesina said the government would turn over the facility to local officials who would in turn turn over the facility to a local fishermen's organization.
Observers have affirmed what most Boholanos complained about: while Bohol sits in a vast marine treasure trove, it has Visayas' most expensive fish in its markets.
Although people say the absence of capital and the presence of loan sharks compounded the alleged monopoly of the local fishing industry. Boholanos still need to see to it that the CFLC could do something about the high fish price.
BFAR Bohol Officer Leo Bongalos, in a separate statement, added that the CFLC is a common designed two-storey facility that incorporates fish drying areas, stall spaces, administrative offices, and refrigeration facilities.
The Anda CFLC is among the eight bagsakan centers which the BFAR gave to Bohol towns as incentive for facilitated registration of industry stakeholders.
Given and funded last year, the Anda CFLC would be the 6th of such facilities erected from the 2016 funds, while construction of two more facilities in Ubay and in Baclayon is still ongoing, Mesina updated information officers during the regular organization's information sharing.
In 2016, BFAR funded P2.8 million to each of the towns of Inabanga, Tubogon, Clarin, Calape, President Carlos P. Garcia, Anda, Baclayon and Ubay of the CFLC building construction while LGU recipients gave in P.2 million worth of lot as counterpart.
As this transpired, BFAR also released funds for its 2017 CFLC projects, two of which are already being erected at the moment, according to Mesina.
For 2017, she said BFAR also gave Bohol towns funds for six more towns: Getafe, Talibon, Loon, Lila, Panglao, and Dauis.
As to Getafe and Talibon CFLC, construction is now ongoing while the facilities in Loon, Lila, Panglao have been awarded to contractors who would soon start with the construction, the information officer relayed.
For Dauis, Mesina said the project is already on bidding process. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)