Santiago City breaks ground for P10-M Multi-Species Hatchery
Santiago City will soon have its Multi-species Freshwater Hatchery to ensure sufficient supply of quality fingerlings in the province of Isabela. The project, with a total cost of Php 10 M, will be constructed in the 1.7 has land area of Gunot Seed Farm, located at Barangay Rizal, provided by the City Government of Santiago. This will serve as a hatchery for tilapia, ulang and hito.
The ceremonial ground breaking, held on February 8, was led by Isabela 4th District Representative Atty. Alyssa Sheena P. Tan, Santiago City Mayor Joseph Salvador Tan, BFAR-RO2 Regional Director Milagros C. Morales, Provincial Agriculturist Marites P. Frogoso and Provincial Fishery Officer Emerson Tattao.
According to BFAR RO2 Director Morales, the 10 M fish hatchery project will not only cater the fingerling needs of fish farmers of Santiago City but also the whole province of Isabela and neighboring provinces. She stated that Isabela province is only 18% fish sufficient and the province contributes 45.39% total regional aquaculture production. There are 1,480 units fishcages and 1,745 hectares of fishponds. Said projects need about 88.78M pcs fingerling stocks for fishponds per annum and about 12.95M pcs fingerling stocks for fishcages. The existing hatcheries owned both by BFAR, LGUs and the private sector cannot cope with the fingerling requirements of fish farmers in the province.
"We need hatcheries accredited by the government that produce quality fingerlings because if we do not start from quality fingerlings we cannot expect good harvest. Through our collaborative efforts, this hatchery when operational is expected to produce annually 3,442,500 pcs tilapia fingerlings, 226,800 pieces catfish fingerlings 115,000 ulang post larvae per year." Regional Director Milagros asserted.
She then challenged the City Government together with the fisherfolk associations to increase the fish production of Isabela by at least 3 percent thru this project.
In response to Director Morales' statement, Mayor Tan accepted the challenge and expressed his gratitude for giving them such opportunity to contribute to fingerling production and ultimately to the overall fish production of the region. He also pledged that the City Government of Santiago will extend additional fund assistance and will put serious efforts towards the success of the project.
Isabela 4th District Rep. Sheena Tan also conveyed her gratitude for granting her proposal for the hatchery project. She also assured that she will take any available national projects and bring these to her constituents in every possible way she can.
Further, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources emphasized that the city government can rely on them throughout the endeavor.