13 May 2011
|Mangingisdang Direktor Rogelio Amatorio leads local residents of Brgy. Pooc in Talisay City in the coastal clean-up last May 6 to signal the start of the nationwide simultaneous coastal clean-up during the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month observed in the whole month of May.(Photo by BFAR)|
Fisherfolk leader urges fisherfolk to be counted in the Municipal Fisherfolk Registry
A fisherman-leader, 'National Mangingisdang Direktor' Rogelio Amatorio, Jr., calls on all fishermen, including workers in the fisheries sector residing in coastal areas to register in the Municipal Fisherfolk Registry or MFR of their respective local government units so as to be included in the national roster of municipal fisherfolk.
Amatorio is this year's national fisherfolk director for the whole month of May under the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Mangingisdang Direktor program, which is mandated under Executive Order No. 240, recognizing the establishment of regional, provincial and municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (FARMCs) as stipulated in Section 2 of RA 8550 or the Fisheries Code of 1998.
He said under the law, LGUs of coastal municipalities are required to set-up a registry of municipal fishermen to serve as basis in determining priorities in the use of the municipal waters, of limiting entry into the municipal waters and of monitoring fishing activities among others.
During a local TV interview following the kick-off of the national simultaneous coastal clean-up in Cebu City recently, Amatorio said that it is very important for the fishermen to be listed in the fisherfolk registry in order for them to easily access government support programs and projects especially for livelihood.
He said that during this month, a total of 27 livelihood projects amounting to P10M will be awarded to fisherfolk associations nationwide as part of the observance of the Farmers' and Fisherfolks Month this May, with the theme: 'Sa Agri-Pinoy, Asenso'y Tuloy-tuloy.'
He said the recipients of the aqua-silvi livelihood program had undergone intensive hands-on training at the BFAR training centers for free prior to the awarding of livelihood assistance. This is being undertaken to ensure the sustainability of the project.
Amatorio said under Sec. 19 of the ----Fisheries Code of 1998 or RA 8550, the LGUs shall update the list of fisherfolk annually or as may be necessary, and shall post it in barangay halls or other strategic locations where it shall be open to public inspection, for the purpose of validating the correctness and completeness of the list.
Last year, the agency had designed a web-based system to enable local governments to fast-track the completion of their respective MFR. To date, the system has been deployed to 16 regions, 13 provinces and 56 LGUs by the BFAR's Fisheries Information Management Center . A total of 98 LGU and PFO users have been trained in using the system and 27,000 fishermen had already registered as of press time.
The empowerment and partnership of the organized fisherfolk with the government was strengthened further when elections were held for national and regional fisherfolk leaders through regional fisherfolk assemblies in consonance with RA 8435(AFMA) and RA 8550.
The regional fisherfolk directors are: Angelito Gumarang (Region 1); Noli B. Tamayo (Region 2); Lorenzo N. Mapanao (Region 3); Rodolfo Rondon (Region 4A); Elorde P. Rodriguez (Region 4B); Jesus V. Sumayang (Region 5); Teddy A. Matulac (Region 6); Violeta M. Epon (Region 7); Demetrio T. Cipriano (Region 8); Mario D. Bendijo (Region 9); Ruby Macabaya (Region 10); Eladio Mijares (Region 11); Patriotismo Germise, Jr. (Region 12); Andres Saluta (Region 13); Danilo Tronco (CAR); and Talib Undog (ARMM). # # #