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PIA Press Release
2008/11/07

BFAR gives Kalinga women livelihood aid

by L. Lopez

Tabuk City, Kalinga (7 November) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Cordillera Region delivered 3,000 kilos of fresh tilapia to women's groups in the province under the Bagsakan ng Isda sa Barangay Program.

Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose said the fish was given to Rural Improvement Clubs members from Upper Kalinga, as livelihood assistance.

Under the Bagsakan ng Isda Program, government supplies fish at lower price to beneficiary organizations, who re-sell it cheaper than the prevailing price at the market.

To maintain the roll-over fund of the program, the group is given one week to return the seed money to the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO), which will remit the amount to the BFAR.

The commercial price of tilapia prevails at P90/kilo, while BFAR offered it at P75/kilo to the women's groups.

Any gain from the trade goes to the association as working capital, while the seed money returned to BFAR is rolled-over to other beneficiary groups.

Bagsakan ng Isda is a component of the national program on Accelerated Hunger Mitigation, which has food production, skills trainings and livelihood components designed to address poverty and hunger among poor families.

Jose said this is the fourth Bagsakan activity for the province, giving a positive feedback on previous projects in terms of returning the rollback fund.

Because of good records from previous beneficiaries, BFAR chooses the province as Bagsakan area of the program, that is why we educate very well our women in Kalinga to sincerely cooperate in managing their funds, Jose said.

This kind of livelihood program solicits very much sincere cooperation among beneficiaries, otherwise the group is blacklisted and will no longer receive any assistance, Jose explained. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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