CFLCs IN ORION AND SAN NARCISO COPING WITH COVID CRISIS
It is business as usual to the Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLCs) in Orion, Bataan and San Narciso, Zambales. Despite the disruptions due to the COVID threat, the strength and resilience of our fisher folk have paved ways and means to continue providing fish supply to the community, allowing the economic activity to endure. With the ingenuity of fisher folk organizations, armed with interventions from the BFAR and with safety measures put up by the Local Government Units (LGUs), the CFLCs are dealing with the challenges head-on to contribute to food security in this time of crisis.
Landing sites are locations where a large number of people gather as the fishing boats come ashore to unload their catch while traders and processors gather in the same area. This daily event is central to life in these communities, not to mention the fact that a significant portion of food source come from these. However, situations are created here where a large number of people come in contact with each other. Measures to prevent the spread of the virus were enforced and adopted by these CFLCs such as strict schedules of actual trading, the practice of social distancing and wearing of masks. The provision and use of hand wash stations is encouraged as well. Door-to-door delivery of orders placed via text or call was practiced to lessen exposure and contact with other people. Those who are not directly involved in the trading process and activities are advised to keep away including people who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
The DA-BFAR acknowledges the integral role of our fisher folk as “food security frontliners” in this war against the COVID pandemic. Rest assured that continued assistance and support will be provided through various programs in partnership with major channels to enable the fishing sector to cope during this state of calamity. (Rosalie Calaguas - Cuyugan photos by CFLCs)