Regional fisherfolk director seeks provision of engines, gears every fisherfolks day

May 21, 2015 4:32 am 

ILOILO CITY, May 20 — The lady regional fisherfolk director for Western Visayas hopes to institutionalize the provision of motor engines and fishing gears to fisherfolks during farmers and fisherfolks day activities.

Marilou Lampitoc, elected as “Mangingisdang Direktor” for Western Visayas cited her experience during the celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolks Day in Guimaras last May 11 where they requested the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the provision of 20 units each of motor engines and fishing gears to fisherfolk participants.

She said that the fisherfolks were very happy with what they have received unlike before when they went home with nothing. She said that before packages were only made available to farmers.

Lampitoc is the first woman fisherfolk to be elected as regional director by the provincial fisherfolks representatives of Western Visayas provinces.

The selection of the "Mangingisdang Direktor Para sa Mas Matatag na Balikatan" anchored on Department of Agriculture Special Order 88 to highlight the whole month of May to highlight the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month Celebration.

The month-long celebration is an annual undertaking that gives tribute to farmers and fisherfolks for their selfless sacrifices and dedication in providing food to millions of Filipinos.

Lampitoc said that she did some site visits of various projects being implemented by BFAR since she assumed in May 4.

“We look into the status of the projects and we will give recommendation at the end of my term,” she said.

Likewise, she was given the opportunity to observe the office routine at the BFAR and how documents were being processed.

Fisherfolk were demanding, she said, but now they had firsthand experience on the flow of documents every time they asked for projects.

Meantime, over the weekend, Lampitoc led other fisherfolk in the mangrove planting activity in Manapla, Negros Occidental.

She added that she would like to sustain the mangrove planting activity because it was good for the ecology and help in the management of natural resources.

Some 5,000 propagules are expected to be planted in Manapla.

Lampitoc’s term will culminate at the end of this month. (PNA)

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