RP ranks 8th highest in fish production - BFAR
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (17 October) -- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI regional director George G. Campeon said the Philippines ranks 8th highest in fish production in the world, ranks 2nd in Asian region with China as the highest in seaweed production, and ranks 11th as the highest in aquaculture.
In his message delivered during the opening of the 43rd Fish Conservation week (October 16 - 20, 2006 held at BFAR compound with this year's theme as: "May Buhay ang Dagat", Director Campeon urged every citizen to help the government in its effort in conserving and protecting fisheries resources.
Campeon, together with Davao City Councilor Leo Avila III in their messages told the participants that fisheries resources provide food which sustain our life and is embedded in the Philippine Constitution and that every citizen must protect our resources.
As sustained agricultural and fishery development which play key roles in achieving the MDG, the DA, the city government and BFAR pledged to help make the Philippine agriculture and fishery productive, profitable and sustainable enterprise particularly for small farmers and their families, councilor Avila and director Campeon said.
Some of the major highlights of the weeklong celebration are the longest canvass painting participated in by students; Tilapia harvest at MAFIMCO; public viewing of the longest canvass painting; Tilapia and Hito dispersal at Fisheries extension, training and communication division led by Erlinda Ali and staff; and Food activities at the Administrative and finance division led by Lourdes Abapo and staff.
Other activities include: fish stocking at Mariculture park, Panabo, Davao del Norte; and turnover of livelihood projects during the culmination of the celebration on Friday (October 20) at 3:00pm.
Students and participants of the Longest Canvass painting, including officials of government and NGOs will also pledged their support in preserving fisheries resources and eliminate extreme poverty.
Officials and staff of BFAR and the agriculture department, including the participants also committed to support the government effort in its Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations particularly on the reduction by one half the incidence of hunger and poverty in the world by the year 2015. (PIA-XI) [top]