Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
Telefax: (054) 361-2326
P-Noy honors Tiwi Municipal FARMC
The Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) of Tiwi, Albay received a Presidential Citation and Gawad Saka trophy as the first National Gawad Saka Winner for Outstanding FARMC from President Benigno S. Aquino III and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during the awarding ceremonies of the 2010 National Gawad Saka Outstanding Farmers and Fisherfolk on May 23, 2011 at Rizal Hall, Malacanan Palace, Manila.
The awarding ceremony highlights the annual Farmers and Fisherfolk Month celebration spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture, with the theme: "Sa Agri-Pinoy, Asenso'y Tuloy-tuloy."
Wilfredo Chavenia, chairperson of the MFARMC received the award together with Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva, BFAR Director Gil Adora, BFAR-5 Regional Director Dennis V. del Socorro, Tiwi Vice Mayor Jose Climaco and MFARMC Vice Chairperson Jose Condat.
The Outstanding MFARMC also received a cash prize worth P300,000 and an additional P50,000 for having the Best Scrapbook entry from all the entries in this category given during the FARMC NTWG Conference in Coron, Palawan on April 2, 2011.
Tiwi MFARMC's determination and dedication for more than a decade in the development and sustainable management of the marine resources and excellent service in the community to improve the livelihood of the fisherfolk led them to be declared as pioneer Gawad Saka Outstanding FARMC awardee and the role model of every FARMC in the country.
The council's significant achievements include the 90% decrease of illegal fishing incidents from 2002-2009 that resulted to the increased fish catch of the fisherfolk from 1 kilo in 2002 to 5-10 kilos in 2008 up to present.
With Tiwi MFARMC's harmonious relationship and linkaging with various government and private sectors, alternative livelihood assistance for fishermen in the coastal barangays was provided.
Gawad Saka is an annual contest conducted nationwide by DA since 1970 in partnership with the LGUs, other national government agencies, academe and the private sector-among farmers and fisherfolk, livestock raisers, and farmers' and fisherfolk groups and organizations to recognize their continuing efforts and contribution to nation-building.
Mr. Chavenia and other Gawad Saka awardees, joined a three-day 'Lakbay-Aral' of model agri-fishery farms and research institutions in Region 3, sponsored by the DA-National Agriculture and Fishery Council on May 24-26. (khilotin