DA-BFAR XI LAUNCHES AQUAPARK PROJECT IN NEW LEYTE, MACO, DAVAO DE ORO
DA-BFAR XI through its Food Resiliency and Recovery Program for Covid 19 gave livelihood intervention for the expanded support in the provision of cages including fingerlings and other implements. This is to enhance production of registered individual fisherfolk, associations and cooperatives in coordination with the local government units.
Last December 22, 2020, the aqua park project was launched at Lake Leonard, New Leyte, Maco, Davao de Oro. It was attended by BFAR XI Regional Director Raul C. Millana, MFT, Provincial Fisheries Officer for Davao de Oro, Jefferson L. Montera, representatives from the municipal and provincial governments of Maco, Davao de Oro and representatives from fisherfolk associations of New Leyte.
With the combined efforts of the Municipal and Provincial Agriculturist’s Office of Maco and Davao de Oro, as well as the PFO of the BFAR XI, a project was initiated of what became the proposal of an aqua park in New Leyte. This is to help sustain the livelihood of the fisherfolk and farmers’ community in the area and introduce new developments along Lake Leonard and invite tourists in the area. Among the invited participants were representatives from various fisherfolk and farmers association in New Leyte, to wit: the New Leyte Integrated Tourist Workers Association (NELEITOWA), New Leyte Agricultural Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (NELEAFFA), from the women’s sector and the 4H Club (composed of senior high school students).
After the awarding of the Certificate by RD Millana, he gave a challenge to those present: to make the aqua park project sustainable wherein the aqua park will be component of their tourism and a means to increase their local income. In turn, he made the commitment that together with the Provincial and Municipal Agriculture Offices, BFAR XI will assist in the creation of a fish sanctuary in New Leyte.
However, in order to kick start that project, a municipal ordinance must be crafted through the MFARMC. He also encouraged the fisherfolk to participate in the registration of fisherfolk through the BFAR Project called Fish-R.
For the acceptance message, Maco Municipal Agriculturist Jireh M. Limbaro expressed the muncipality’s gratitude that the government was still able to intervene in helping out their community amidst the pandemic.
The program ended with the ceremonial stocking of tilapia fingerlings in Lake Leonard by the representatives, personnel from the PFO, and government units.
📷 Raffy Dino