BFAR distributes 300 kilos of milkfish to people’s orgs in Casiguran

A total of three people’s organizations from Casiguran, Aurora each receive 100 kilograms of milkfish as a start-up capital to their sustainable livelihood. (BFAR Central Luzon)

BALER, Aurora (PIA) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed a total of 300 kilograms of milkfish to three people’s organizations (POs) in Casiguran, Aurora.


The Kaisahan ng Mamamayan para sa Pagunlad ng Isang Lipunan (KAMPIL), Malikhang Mamamayang Lingkod para Isulong ang Kaunlaran sa Aurora, and Samahan ng Mangingisdang Agta ng Casiguran each received 100 kilograms of milkfish under the Seafood KADIWA Grant Program.


BFAR OIC-Provincial Fishery Officer Rex Sabbaluca said the program aims to provide the POs, composed of former rebels and mass supporters, with crucial start-up capital in the form of fresh fish.


Unlike conventional financial assistance programs, the agency’s approach is unique in its direct provision of fish stocks to beneficiaries which enable them to leverage these resources in various ways, whether by selling them fresh, chilled, or processed.


“Let us give them a chance to change for the better towards peace. We will give them hope through our understanding and acceptance, which can help them change towards their adjustment in mainstream society,” Sabbaluca stressed.


Meanwhile, 91st Infantry Battalion (IB) Acting Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Aries Quinto thanked BFAR for continuously supporting the reintegration of former rebels in the province of Aurora through capacity building activities and provision of livelihood. 


“Rest assured that the 91st IB is always here, ready to help the POs,” Quinto added. 


KAMPIL President “Ka Edgar”, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to BFAR and the 91st IB for their assistance and support and stressed that they will maintain and enhance this livelihood for the benefit of their organization, members, and families.


The Seafood KADIWA Grant Program addresses the financial gap among fisherfolk, and fosters sustainable development and prosperity within coastal communities.