BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, July 6 (PIA) - In line with the mandate of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to eradicate Illegal Fishing, a P2.17 Million fund from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Central Office, Manila thru the initiative of Senator Loren Legarda turned over 24 fiber glass patrol boats to 22 municipalities, one City and the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar under the Fiber Glass Boat (FGB) Pagbabago on July 5, 2017 at the Provincial Gymnasium, this City.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and BFAR turned-over fiber glass patrol boats to 13 Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and representatives of 23 Local Government Units (LGUs) including the provincial government of Eastern Samar.
Present during the turn-over rite were: BFAR-Central Office Technical Staff Sarah Jane M. Gadon, Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Deogracias Paano, Provincial Fishery Officer Jaime Salazar and LMP-Eastern Samar Chapter President Atty. Allan Contado led the turn-over of 24, 30-foot long patrol boats worth P2.17 Million.
The patrol boats with 16 horsepower engines were provided by the BFAR Central Office in coordination with Senator Loren Legarda. The LGUs will shoulder the outriggers and maintenance of the fishing vessel.
Fishery Law Enforcers from LGUs were trained months ago for the needed skills and empowerment.
The Fiberglass Patrol Boats distribution is part of the national government program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) under Fiberglass Boat or “ F/B Pagbabago Program” that aims to address poverty in the fisheries sector. (ajc/SDC/PIA-E. Samar)