The DA-BFAR opened a new chapter in history when the Duterte Administration had formally assumed into office during the middle part of 2016. This was when the organization focused on achieving fish sufficiency through improved yet sustainable fisheries production, while contributing to the government’s effort towards food security. It was also during this period when the relentless campaign against IUU fishing was prioritized under the Department of Agriculture’s “Ten Basic Foundations of a Sound Agriculture and Fisheries.”
At the center of the bureau’s programs and projects, particularly on marine life conservation under the Duterte Administration was the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan or MMK Program, the national search for outstanding coastal community. Through MMK, best practices on coastal resource management has been incentivized by the bureau. Winning local government units with exemplary performance in the protection of their respective municipal waters received multi-million pesos worth of livelihood projects as prize based on the following criteria: no illegal fishing; observance of closed fishing season; with marine protected area; and effective mangrove rehab program and clean ocean.
In capping off, the DA-BFAR will unceasingly weave the account of its past by remaining committed to fulfill its mandate with utmost dedication and competence in the present. New challenges and breakthroughs will definitely continue to unfold while the organization sails towards new horizons.