Mayor Carlo Rabat expressed his great elation for the City Government of Mati over the launching and blessing of the Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) at Brgy. Mayo, this morning being first in the region to have fully implemented the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) grant.
In his speech, Mayor Carlo stressed that “this CFLC facility is the sum total and outcome of our collaborative efforts as well as those with other partner government agencies, aimed at reducing poverty in the fisheries sector.”
DA-BFAR and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) is mandated to provide extensive development support services in all aspects of fisheries production, processing and marketing per RA 8550, section 65.
BFAR XI Regional Director Fatma M. Idris shared that the establishment of CFLC is intended to improve the lives and livelihood of fisherfolks. This will further serve as a hub for increased economic activities (fish landing and auction), skills training venue, community organizing and information sharing for sustainable and disaster-resilient fisheries-based livelihoods and resource management, and monitoring of fish catch and stocks management.
Representing DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Under Secretary for Fisheries and Concurrent BFAR Director Atty. Asis G. Perez, BFAR Assistant Director for Admin Services Atty. Benjamin Felix S. Tabios, Jr. bared that following the turnover of CFLC to the city government are the 10 stainless steel tables and 2 freezers which are yet to come soon.
Dir. Tabios further disclosed that the Department will make CFLC in Mati a tourism spot being the first in Region XI and a model to other LGUs in the implementation.
In attendance of the event were BFAR Assistant Regional Director Merlin Sanz, BFAR Davao Oriental Porvincial Field Officer Erlinda Ali, BFAR Davao del Norte PFO Lourdes Abapo, PENRO Head Greg Lagura, Provincial Aggriculturist Rutchi Ravelo, Banaybanay Municipal Agriculturist Ester Solamo, Punong Barangay Noel V. Alo.
The ceremony ended with the turnover and distribution of fishery projects such as motorized and non-motorized bancas to different people’s organization.