BFAR supports 27 more Bagsakan ng Isda sa Barangay in Mt. Province
by Juliet B. Saley
Bontoc, Mt. Province (26 June) -- Some 35 associations, cooperatives, and organizations in Mt. Province are beneficiaries of the "Bagsakan ng Isda sa Barangay" program, a component of the Hunger Mitigation Program of the Arroyo administration.
Under this program, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provides initial capital to be used by identified organizations which will serve as the vehicle for the enhancement of the efficiency of food delivery to the barangay.
Mt. Province is one of the pilot areas of the Bagsakan ng Isda sa Barangay program where the program is set-up and the fish is kept and sold at affordable prices.
Arsenia Bolasco of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist said the BFAR sells fish to the identified beneficiaries at a lower price which they only pay after they have sold all the fish. The associations sell the fish with minimal mark-up and whatever gain they have earned will go back either to their own association or to the members.
With this project, the barangay folks have access to fresh fish at a cheaper price and even in remote areas can now buy fresh fish within their barangays because the associations tapped to sell the fish are based in their own barangay.
Of the 35 association beneficiaries, eight of which have already been operating their business in selling fish for about two years. These are the St. Bide Episcopal Church Women of Panabungen, Besao; Jesus Mountain Priest Ministry of Sinto, Bauko; Lubon Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Lubon, Tadian; Episcopal Church Women RIC of Suyo, Sagada; Maggon RIC of Supang, Sabangan; Pide-Aguid Fidelisan Multi-Purpose Coop. of Bangaan, Sagada; Talubin Farmers Association of Talubin, Bontoc; and Monamon Women's Organization of Monamon Sur, Bauko.
These beneficiaries who were given grown tilapia worth P20,000.00 per association are successfully implementing this program.
Bolasco cited one association beneficiary, the Talubin Farmers Association who aside from selling fresh and dried fish, has also invested in soapmaking. The members have undergone seminar on soapmaking and now they are producing powdered laundry soap and liquid dish wash which they are now selling.
The other 27 identified association beneficiaries have just implemented this program this year. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has provided fresh fish worth P401,751.00 which were distributed to them through the president of each association.
The Barlig Development Cooperative of Gawana, Barlig was given fish worth P38,200.00. Bagnen Fisherfolks Association, Guinzadan Central RIC, Besel Women's Organization/RIC (Leseb), Guinzadan Norte Farmers Association all of Bauko received grown fish worth P10,800.00 each; the Agawa Hog Raisers Association and St. Anne's Jr., Episcopal Church Women both of Besao were given P24,100.00 each worth of fish; the Balili Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Tocucan RIC both of Bontoc received fish worth P21,600.00 each.
The Dagopan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Butac Women's Cooperative, and Natonin Federation of Women's Organization all of Natonin received fish worth P12,733.33 per association; the Lower Bunot RIC, Bubunong RIC (Bantay), Asilap RIC (Bantay) all of Paracelis received fish worth P10,370.00 each; the Namatec RIC, Capinitan RIC and Pingad RIC all of Sabangan were given fish worth P12,733.33 per association.
For the municipality of Sadanga, Betwagan Farmers Association, Anabel RIC and Poblacion RIC have received fish worth P11,680.00 per association; the Namnama Bayanihan Small Livelihood Association (Bangaan), Kaw-a RIC (Poblacion) and Tetep-an Farmers Credit Cooperative Association all of Sagada received fish worth P16,066.66 each; the Pandayan Farmers/Fisherfolk Association, church Women's of St, Michael and Arc Angels (Poblacion), and church women's of St. Francis Mission (Cagubatan) all of Tadian were given fish worth P12,733.33 per association.
These associations are expected to have sold the fish they have received and have started paying back BFAR so that they can again purchase fish to be distributed to the same beneficiaries, Bolasco said. (PIA MP) [top]