Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 3 in partnership with the 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and Angat Watershed through Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) distributes tilapia fingerlings at Angat Dam, Barangay San Lorenzo, Norzagaray, Bulacan September 17, 2020.
The activity marks the completion of the previously awarded 100,000 tilapia post fingerlings that kicked off last August 28, 2020 as BFAR’s commitment in the Poverty Reduction,Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC). This is also in celebration of BFAR’s Fish Conservation Week.
More or less 50 bags of tilapia fingerlings were distributed in the waters of Angat Dam led by Provincial Fisheries Officer of Bulacan Senior Aquacultures Mr Ralph Atabay, Norzagaray Municipal Councilor and Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Mrs Amelia C Panerio and Forest Guard Watershed Mr Mark Eugenio.
PRLEC’s leading agency TESDA Provincial Director Jovencio Ferrer lauded the initiative of BFAR. “This will give the IP Dumagat surrounding Angat Dam the chance to increase their fish production, alleviate poverty and improve their livelihood. PRLEC also aims for their food resiliency amidst this crisis”, he added.
Brigadier General Andrew D. Costelo, 703rd Brigade Commander said, “The strong commitment of every agency in PRLE Cluster of PTF-ELCAC is indeed necessary to create a program that is effective, efficient and highly sustainable. Congratulations for this successful effort.”
Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio M. Valdez Commanding Officer of 48IB added,”This is far from what has been reported that we hinder the livelihood and food supply of our IP Dumagat. Our inclusivity together with other agencies speaks of our strong commitment to provide better future for the Dumagat and to all Indigenous People as a whole.”