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New OIC appointed for BFAR Bicol

by R Canabe

Pili, Camarines Sur (28 September) -- Mr. Dennis V. del Socorro has assumed as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol regional office based on the Special Order issued by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap designating Del Socorro as the Officer-in-Charge-Regional Director of BFAR Region 5 to replace Dr. Jaime de la Vega who has served for five ears on the post.

The turn-over ceremony held on September 14, 2007 at RIARS Training Center here, was facilitated by BFAR national director Malcolm Sarmiento, Jr.

Dir. Sarmiento challenged the new BFAR Bicol OIC Director to sustain the commendable performance of the region for being the sixth largest contributor to total fisheries production among the 16 regions in the country in 2006 and for registering a 12 per cent growth rate in fisheries production for the first semester of 2007.

He said the aquaculture sub-sector of Bicol region still has a lot of room for growth with only 25 per cent share in its total fisheries production. "in the national level, the fisheries sector has been the biggest driver for growth in the whole Department of Agriculture family by averaging 7 per cent growth rate every year since 2001."

Sarmiento committed the full support of the BFAR central office for the programs and projects that will be initiated by the new regional director to propel the region’s fisheries production.

Del Socorro who hails from Bula, Camarines Sur, was previously the manager of the Bicol Regional Freshwater Fishery Center at Barangay Fabrica here.

As the new leader of BFAR-Bicol he plans to continue the programs effectively started by the previous leadership focused on fisheries development through livelihood projects to increase fisheries production. (BFAR/PIA) [top]

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