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Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 5

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BFAR-5 supports DA-DAR-DENR convergence program in Sorsogon and Camarines Sur

BFAR-5 Regional Director Dennis del Socorro (far left) with DA Regional Executive Director Jose Dayao, Cong. Salvador Escudero III and Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Bernadette Romulo-Puyat awards various fisheries projects for Casiguran, Castilla and Sorsogon City. The certificates were received by Mayor Ester Hamor, Mayor Olivia Bermillo and Mayor Leovic Dioneda.

The Sorsogon Convergence Initiative on Rural Development held on April 8, 2011 in Sorsogon City marked another leap for the progress of the province. The three rural development agencies: the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) converge mainly to have a common operational ground for the collective interventions in terms of programs/projects/activities for implementation at the local level. The convergence has become the centrepiece activity of these national government agencies. The DA with its agri-infra, production support, technology adoption, extension support and market development expertise, the DAR with its ability to organize agrarian communities, the DENR with its vast lands and environment and natural resource forte, and the local government of Sorsogon with the help of the district representatives, other agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) will work as one in the implementation of rural development in the pilot municipalities of Casiguran, Castilla and the City Government of Sorsogon.



The Sorsogon Convergence Initiative on Rural Development held on April 8, 2011 in Sorsogon City marked another leap for the progress of the province. The three rural development agencies: the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) converge mainly to have a common operational ground for the collective interventions in terms of programs/projects/activities for implementation at the local level. The convergence has become the centrepiece activity of these national government agencies. The DA with its agri-infra, production support, technology adoption, extension support and market development expertise, the DAR with its ability to organize agrarian communities, the DENR with its vast lands and environment and natural resource forte, and the local government of Sorsogon with the help of the district representatives, other agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) will work as one in the implementation of rural development in the pilot municipalities of Casiguran, Castilla and the City Government of Sorsogon.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5), as a line bureau of DA awarded various programs and projects in support to the convergence initiative to help the fisheries sector in the province. BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro proposed a 49.8M budget for fisheries projects in the three pilot sites, highlighting the establishment of a Post-Harvest Technology Center in Sorsogon City which will cater the processing of sardines which is abundant in the province and other post harvest technology that would address food security and job generation for the sector. Along this line, mariculture zone and other support to production are priority projects for the aquamarine enterprise development. Tilapia hatcheries in Sorsogon City and Casiguran will also be established to ensure local seedbanks for fingerlings. Support to existing seaweed nurseries and seaweed input assistance will be undertaken in the pilot areas. Fishing gears will also be distributed to eligible fisherfolk, bangus fingerlings and prawn post-larvae will be augmented for the qualified fishfarmers while massive seeding of tilapia fingerlings in the communal bodies of water will be undertaken.
The DA-DAR-DENR National Convergence Initiative Program Launching in Sorsogon was graced by Mr. Philip Shull, Agricultural Counsellor of the United States Department of Agriculture together with DENR Secretary Ramon Paje; DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DAR Undersecretary Gerundio Madueno; Senator Francis Escudero; Mr. Marriz Agbon, President of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC) and the National Focal Person of the National Convergence Initiative of PADCC; Congressman Salvador Escudero, III and Congressman Deogracias Ramos of the 1st and 2nd Districts of Sorsogon respectively; DA Regional Executive Director Jose Dayao; DAR Regional Director Ma. Celestina Tam; and DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada. The Provincial Government of Sorsogon was represented by Provincial Administrator Sally Lee and attended by the Local Chief Executives of the 14 municipalities and one city in Sorsogon and several other stakeholders, cooperatives and awardees.
According to PADCC President Marriz Agbon, this convergence strategy will showcase a more integrated, systematic and organized approach in agricultural, agribusiness and agro-forestry development. It is founded on clear commitments from the three national government agencies with counterpart resources from the LGUs, District Representatives and NGO partners that will promote an environment that will prove attractive for private sector investments in the rural sector. Mr. Agbon added that this is the equation for ensuring domestic food security, attaining food sufficiency and scale-up production for the export market in the future.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the convergence program was witnessed by the Local Chief Executives of Sorsogon City, Casiguran and Castilla, namely: Hon. Leovic Dioneda, Ester Hamor and Olivia Bermillo, respectlively.
BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro is optimistic that the fisheries sector thru the aquamarine enterprise development with its six year investment plan could also deliver positive impact for the fisherfolk in Sorsogon mainly by means of job generation and food security. Del Socorro added that this program will be successful with the maximized complementation of the rural development efforts with the LGUs especially in the development of local convergence on agro-enterprise using the ridge to reef approach synergized by its competent leaders, NGOs and private sector partners.
Meanwhile, similar priority projects have been proposed by BFAR-5 for the province of Camarines Sur which was the first province to launch the convergence initiative program last March 11, 2011 with additional demonstration of organic aquaculture and hapa-based tilapia hatcheries in some pilot municipalities. The prioritiy areas for Camarines Sur include Baao, Bula, Ocampo, Pili, Tigaon, Del Gallego, Lagonoy, Calabanga, Caramoan, Siruma and Presentacion. (n_enolva)







 

 

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