BEHIND THE SCENE: THE UNSUNG FRONTLINERS
The gateway to Eastern Visayas was plagued with a deafening silence amidst the enhanced community quarantine that Tacloban City has implemented. With the IATF approved DA measures on the unhampered movement of agricultural and fisheries supplies, BFAR8 FRPG team established a checkpoint at the entrance of San Juanico Bridge where majority of cargoes and trucks pass from and to the six provinces of Region 8. The area is also strategic as it is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway also known as the Maharlika Highway that connects the whole archipelago. Through the checkpoint, BFAR8 ensures that our fisherfolk-frontliners and accredited traders/shippers who support us in the fight against COVID-19 are allowed an easy passage to the different municipalities in the region.
Our fisherfolk ensures that food security is attained in the middle of this pandemic. They have strictly complied with the documentary requirements such as the Mayor’s pass of various LGUs, food passes that are being issued by the Bureau, and most importantly, they also abide by the health protocols that has served as their primary defense in combatting the disease.
BFAR8 has also closely coordinated with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and PNP8 to implement the IATF approved DA measures, and with several LGUs in facilitating the passage of shippers and transporters of fish/fishery products provided that they are following the set protocols of a municipality.
In the face of an invisible enemy, what we need now is a strong and unified force. We need to build each other up instead of tearing at one another. Together we are strong and can accomplish feats that would seem insurmountable when faced alone. We in the fisheries sector with our frontliners, the brave and hardworking fisherfolk, will continue to work hard and support the Filipino nation in this time of great uncertainty.
Mabuhay ang Mangingisdang Pilipino!