In an effort to help the local fisherfolk of Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija to cope with the challenging covid crisis, BFAR Central Luzon Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz and BFAR Assistant Director for Operations Nestor Domenden, together with the supportive local government officials of Pantabangan namely Mayor Roberto Agdipa, Vice Mayor Mona Lisa Agdipa and MA Karen Salera, led the awarding of twenty-five gillnets, fifty solar lamps and five 10HP marine engines through the Ahon Lahat Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) program.
Fishing by gill net or “panti” is widely practiced in Pantabangan Dam which is recognized as an energy efficient, profitable and selective gear. Stocking of ayungin and dalag, both endemic freshwater species, was also conducted through the BASIL program to better manage and improve the productivity of the reservoir, considered to be one of the largest in Southeast Asia.
The activity was organized through the efforts of PFO Jun Coloma. Also present were the dispersal unit led by Ralph Atabay and OPA Nueva Ecija representative, Ramon Doctor.(Photos by FB)