Qualified fishing villages and fishermen organizations in the province will be provided with freezer units by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) within the year.
This was disclosed by BFAR – 6 OIC regional director Remia Aparri during the turnover of livelihood assistance to 556 AHON beneficiaries from the city’s 10 coastal barangays held June 24 to help the fishermen recover from supertyphoon Yolanda’s devastation last year.
“BFAR’s assistance will not only be confined to boats, marine engines and other fishing gears but we also wanted to help fishermen preserve their catch,” she noted.
Aparri cited a data that about 35 percent of the fishermen’s post harvest losses was due to absence of cold storage and ice supply which are needed to lengthen the market value of their produce.
The livelihood assistance is part of the first phase of the AHON program of BFAR which focused on the immediate restoration of damaged boats, fish nets and gears.
Provincewide, beneficiaries of the project reached more than 2,000 based on BFAR record.
The program’s next phase will involve the distribution of fiber glass boats to fishermen with totally damaged boats.
AHON, a Tagalog word for “to rise up”, is the bureau’s version of Public Private People Participation (4P) because the initiative involves various sectors, including the beneficiaries, to help Yolanda survivors re-established their livelihoods or earned higher than what they used to net before the super typhoon.