At least P6.1 million is allocated this year for the implementation of marine and inland fishery projects in Cebu Province.
This as Governor Hilario P. Davide III, with a fresh mandate, aims to improve marine production and curb poverty in the fishery sector.
The governor was in a trip to Japan during the Fisherfolk Forum hosted by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) last May 27 in Cebu City.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief BaltazarTribunalo Jr. read his message to the participants of the forum.
The participants were fisher folk and officers from the municipal agriculture’s office.
The P6.1 million budget covers fishing gears, submersible cages, and corals worth P4.3 million. The remaining P1.8 million isintended for feeds, fry and training for inland Tilapia farming.
OPA Fishery Division Chief AylenCielo said the equipment will be distributed as per request.
The letter request must be duly signed by the municipal agriculturist and addressed to Provincial Agriculturist Dr. RoldanSaragena.
The recipients must be active fishermen associations. The OPA then validates the feasibility of the project and evaluates the proposed beneficiary.
Cielo said they have already requested the procurement offishing gears that include nets, multiple hook and line, fish pots and fish aggregating devices.
The Capitol also subsidized the fry and feeds for communal and backyard Tilapia fish farming. However, a backyard Tilapia farmer must be a member of a fish farmer association to be able to receive the supplies.
A communal pond is entitled to fry and feeds from the Capitol until harvest time while a backyard farm only receives limited feeds.