Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur 4418
Telefax: (054) 361-2326
Bicol Region jumpstarts comprehensive fisherfolk Registration
With a total of 94 coastal municipalities and 1,067 coastal barangays, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 pioneered the Regional Launching of the nationwide implementation of the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) last July 23-24, 2013 in Legaspi City, Albay. Aiming to cover the whole country by September, the FishR Program starts its regional launching in Legaspi City. As a peninsula with wide coastal areas (coastline measuring up to 3,116.1 kilometers) and rich marine resources, Region 5 is a haven to five major fishing grounds: Lagonoy Gulf, Ragay Gulf and San Miguel Bay in Camarines Sur; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Asid Gulf in Masbate, and home to a large number of fisherfolk.
However, despite its growing fishery production, the poverty incidence in the fishery sector of the region is still evident with a poverty rate of 41.4% based on the 2012 National Statistics Coordination Board report.
With the FishR, the Bureau is confident that it will alleviate the situation of every fisherfolk in the region by creating appropriate programs based on the data gathered.
The National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration is aimed to fast-track, enhance and complete the municipal fisherfolk registration nationwide as required under the Fisheries Code of 1998.
Upon completion of the program, the Bureau would be able to come up with a national database that would be necessary in designing programs to aid the local municipalities for managing, regulating, conserving and protecting fishery resources and establishing a Comprehensive Fishery Information System.
The Bureau will work hand in hand with the municipalities and cities to complete the registration in their respective areas using a simplified and standard form and FRS data management system. BFAR shall give technical assistance to coastal municipalities and cities to facilitate the registration process.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, BFAR National Director Asis G. Perez, Albay Governor Joey S. Salceda and the rest of governors in the region, coastal and inland municipal Mayors together with their Municipal Agricultural Officers (MAO), Agricultural Technicians (AT) for Fisheries, and Chairpersons of Municipal/City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (M/CFARMC) as well as all BFAR Regional Directors, Provincial Fishery Officers, selected NGO?s and NGA?s and the media attended this undertaking.
After the launching program, the project implementers; namely, the Provincial Fisheries Officers, MAOs, and ATs were trained on the Fisherfolk Registration System, mechanics of registration and Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign. These training will guide the project implementers in the actual registration, accessing the FRS database, formulating communication plans and in the over-all implementation of the program.
After Region 5, BFAR Regions 8, 11 and 12 have launched the FishR in their respective areas. Regions 3, 4A, 9, ARMM, 2, 1 & CAR are next in the line-up of regions to conduct the FishR Regional Launching and Training. (ajoven)
|Hundreds of participants from different sectors of the government and invited NGA's and media attends the Regional Launching of the FishR Program at the Oriental Hotel Legaspi City|
Municipal Agricultural Officers and Agricultural Technologists on Fisheries all over the region attended the simultaneous training on Fisherfolk Registration System (L) and Information Education Communication campaign (R) after the launching of the FishR Program.