CATANDUANES, October 20, 2020 – Seeking to further strengthen food security and management of aquatic resources, the municipality of San Andres was downloaded with a Php 522,000.00 worth of livelihood projects from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Special Area for Agricultural Development (BFAR-SAAD) Region 5 – Provincial Fisheries Office Catanduanes for the sustainable livelihood program of the fisherfolk-beneficiaries.
Ten units of Motorized Fiberglass Banca with complete accessories and Marine Engine Project which costs Php 45,000.00/unit as well as 160 units Collapsible Crab Pot Project amounting to Php 450.00/unit were awarded to 14 individual beneficiaries from Brgys. Wagdas (2 beneficiaries), Comaygay (2 beneficiaries), Agojo (6 beneficiaries), Cabcab (1 beneficiary), Codon (2 beneficiaries), and Asgad (1 beneficiary).
The interventions, providing fishing livelihood among SAAD recipients, will be closely monitored by program coordinators Claire C. Casais and Mary Cris B. Dacillo, PFO staff, and concerned LGU personnel. Present in the turn-over ceremony was Municipal Councilor and Chair for Committee on Agriculture & Fisheries Mr. Rommel Antonio and Municipal Agriculturist Mr. Florangelo A. Somigao.
Aside from the most recent interventions, the beneficiaries of San Andres have also received aquasilviculture, motor banca, bottom set gill and drift gill net units and other aqua-related interventions from BFAR-SAAD Region 5 since 2018.
The initiative aims to assist marginalized fisherfolks on their livelihood, and at the same time, promote community consciousness on responsible aquatic resources management and its importance, conservation, and protection. ###
Claire C. Casais, SAAD-Catanduanes Coordinator
Photos and Sources:
Salvador Jr. Taduran, BFAR-SAAD Region 5 Focal Person
San Andres LGU