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3 coastal villages receive livelihood initiatives totaling P58 million from BFAR

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On Tuesday, three exceptional coastal villages were recognized by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for their best practices at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) 2021, which outperformed the Malinis.

With their noteworthy initiatives, the three winning municipalities outperformed 42 coastal regions, namely Caluya in Antique, Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte, and Sagay in Camarines Sur.

The yearly MMK, according to BFAR Officer-in-Charge Demosthenes Escoto, helps the organization’s efforts to promote sustainable coastal management and ultimately helps the administration achieve its aim of food security.

By concentrating on the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources, which are important sources of food and livelihood for people, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-BFAR strategically develops comprehensive policies and frameworks to provide sufficiently affordable food for generations of Filipinos effectively, he said.

Additionally, the BFAR funded fisheries-related livelihood programs in the aforementioned coastal localities.

The second-placed Padre Burgos municipality in Southern Leyte and the third-placed Sagay municipality in Camarines Sur will receive PHP18 million and PHP10 million worth of fisheries livelihood projects, respectively, according to the BFAR. Caluya, Antique will receive PHP30 million worth of fisheries livelihood projects.

The “Zero Plastic Waste Campaign” run in accordance with the local law of Caluya was one of the finest practices acknowledged in Antique for preventing waste disposal on municipal waters.

The BFAR continued, “In addition, the LGU (local government unit) developed a material recovery plant, which houses various equipment to process and converts plastic wastes into eco-bricks for the municipal eco-park.

The two other winners have also shown exceptional success thanks to the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), intensive communication campaigns, management of mariculture parks, fishing law enforcement, and funding under local regulations.

In addition, the three best coastal waters were deemed to meet the following standards: “legal fishing, limited fishing season, declaration of MPAs, standard criteria for cleanliness, and efficacy of mangrove conservation and rehabilitation.”

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