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Call on Filipinos to Protect Fish and Water Resources.

As the country commemorates the 59th Fish Conservation (Fiscon) Week, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) asked Filipinos on Monday to assist in safeguarding the nation’s fish and water resources.

In an interview with PTV’s Rise and Shine Pilipinas, BFAR Director Nestor Domenden stated these resources must be safeguarded for the sake of future generations.

“Hinihikayat natin ang bawat isa na Pilipino na makilahok sa pagdiriwang, saang sulok man kayo ng Pilipinas dahil may inihanda rin kaming activities, ang ating regional offices. We are encouraging every Filipino to join our celebration, wherever you are in the Philippines, because our regional offices have planned activities. Dapat din nating protektahan, i-conserve ang ating environment, ang ating mga isda nang sa ganun ay mayroon tayong sapat na pagkaing isda sa kinabukasan. We also need to safeguard, conserve our ecosystem, our fish, so that we will have ample food for tomorrow),” he stated.

Under the direction of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the administration prioritized achieving food self-sufficiency by increasing local production and offering affordable goods. This year’s theme, “Pagkain ng bansa siguruhin, Likas-kayang produksyon ng isda isulong natin,” mirrors this goal.

He claimed that the BFAR believes that modernization will make it possible to achieve food self-sufficiency.

“Let’s modernize our aquaculture and fisheries, we must patronize the technology-generated [strategies] for us to catch up with modern times, we also need to be innovative,” he said. “Dapat po natin tangkilikin ang mga na-generate na technology nang sa gayon ay makasunod tayo sa pagbabago ng panahon.”

To continue working, Domenden stated, both the government and the populace must be “open to change.”

Of course, we need to intensify, “wag na ‘yung backyard, backyard lang, gusto natin commercial ‘yung ating activities ng aquaculture,” he said. “We want to commercialize our aquaculture operations.

The BFAR commemorates the joyous 59th Fishcon amid the commemoration of Maritime and Archipelagic Awareness Month and the coastal cleanup under Proclamation 613.

The BFAR’s Fishcon Week is scheduled for September 12–16 and will feature various events from its central and regional offices across the country.

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