𝟮𝟱𝗠 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗬𝘂𝘆𝘂 𝗛𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘆, 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘆𝗼𝘆𝗮𝗼, 𝗜𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗼
Enhancing the capacities and productivity of fisherfolk in loach breeding and propagation, a hatchery and training center facility will be constructed to aid in the development of an improved breeding facilities and enhanced grow-out production technology.
According to RD Lilibeth L. Signey, the said project is part of the Inclusive Enterprise Development Support Project which amounts 25 Million Pesos funded under Bayanihan To Recover as One (Bayanihan 2). The 21M will be for the building outlay while the 4M is intended for the hatchery paraphernalia and other training supplies.
“The project component includes rehabilitation of yu-yu hatchery, training of fisherfolk beneficiaries, and distribution of yu-yu fingerlings for grow-out in rice terraces”, RD Signey added.
With the project, about 200 fisherfolk in Mayoyao and its neighboring towns will be trained and equipped with loach breeding to achieve a projected annual production of 500,000 – 1,000,000 fingerlings. Thus, there will be 10 units of training events that will be conducted to increase technology adopters per year.
PFO Ifugao Eumic C. Culimay said that two training events can already be conducted within the month of February.
“We are thankful for the strong support of Congressman Solomon R. Chungalao and Governor Jerry U. Dalipog as well as to BFAR Assistant Director Drusila Bayate that this opportunity had materialized. We likewise commit to support this endeavor that with our strong partnership and cooperation we will succeed to make this an industry to benefit not only Mayoyao but also the municipalities of Aguinaldo, Banawe, Hungduan, and other interested towns of Ifugao province”, said Mayor Jimmy B. Padchanan, Jr.
“I believe that this project, through the intervention of our Almighty God, this program will prosper so let us help one another attain our goal toward in making Mayoyao a loach capital of Ifugao, and loach capital of the Philippines. Let us start producing fingerlings so we can distribute to more fisherfolk”, Mayor Padchanan added.
The Japanese Weather Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) or locally known as dojo, yu-yu, panispis or pikaw, was introduced by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. In Cordillera, the said fish species was historically abound playing in rice paddies. However, due to commercialization the production of the said species depleted and now has a high market value. It is also said that the said species played a significant role in the nutrition of the populace because of its high protein content.
The intervention is the fruit of legwork between the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Local Government Unit of Mayoyao. The groundbreaking ceremony was participated in by BFAR-CAR RD Lilibeth L. Signey, FPSSD Chief Lois June B. Fermin, Ifugao PFO Eumic C. Culimay, together with Ifugao Provincial Governor Jerry U. Dalipog, Mayoyao Mayor Jimmy B. Padchanan, Jr., Vice Mayor Rudy chilagan, Aguinaldo Mayor Gaspar B. Chilagan, Jr. and Architect Renato Bajit of PhilRice.