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PIA Press Release
2007/01/22

Siquijor solon vows to sustain food security thru P3M bangus project

Cebu City (22 January) -- Siquijor To realize the foremost policy of the government to achieve food security and to push for economic upliftment in the province, Congressman Orlando “Shane” Fua of the lone district of Siquijor spearheaded the implementation of a P3-M livelihood project among fisherfolks – the Bangus Fish Cage Culture Project.

The project that was initially launched in Tigbawan, Lazi; Tubod, San Juan; and Cang-alwang, Siquijor was earlier funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of the Congressman in the amount of P1M. Each fish cage contains 7, 800 bangus fingerlings cultured inside the cage to grow in 4 months period until it reaches its harvestable sizes which is estimated to be 3-4 bangus per kilo while estimated to harvest 1.4 tons.

After seeing its profitability Congressman Fua later on initiated for the expansion of the project in Catamboan and Gabayan, Lazi; Cang-alwang and Dumanhog in Siquijor; Candaping B, Olang and Poblacion Sur in Maria; and Tulapos in Enrique Villanueva pouring in another P1M out of his Congressional Fund and a P1M complementary fund from the Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7, amounting the total project cost to P3M.

Supervising the over-all project implementation are Mr. Lee Dimagnaong of the Provincial Agriculturist Office, he being skillfully trained on Bangus Fish Cage Culture Project at the National Brackish Water Research Center in Pagbilao, Quezon Province and Fishery Technologist Alvin Laping.

Meanwhile the fisherfolks organizations in the province trained on Bangus Fish Cage Culture and equipped with technical expertise were tasked manage the project. The BFAR Region 7 in coordination with BFAR Siquijor and LGU personnel trained the fisherfolks wherein a skill on proper handling of the bangus fry and feeding as well as maintenance and becoming responsible members were emphasized to sustain the project.

According to Congressman Fua this livelihood project was conceptualized out of his ardent desire to augment the income of the marginal fisherfolk and to provide them a livelihood project that will counterpart their family’s income and to provide a continuous supply of quality milkfish in the island.

The project is a roll over scheme that is meant to expand the project in other barangays of the province. Portion of the sales from the harvested bangus will be set aside to procure feeds and bangus fingerlings for the second cropping. The remaining amount will be divided among the members of the fisherfolks organization.

Earlier in Tigbawan the fish cages harvested 1.4 tons of bangus, 1.3 tons in Cang-alwang while only 800 kilos in Tubod, San Juan because of the damages caused by strong winds on some nets. (PIA) [top]

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