TACLOBAN CITY- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8 (BFAR 8) will treat the fisheries community to a more interactive and festive celebration of this year’s 51st Fish Conservation Week on October 13-17, 2014 at the Activity Area of the Annex Building of Robinsons Place Tacloban. The BFAR will hold a week- long photo and scale model exhibit showcasing its rehabilitation together with its partner international and local non-government organizations to rebuild the fisheries sector through livelihood assistance initiatives to fisherfolks who were among the most, if not the most vulnerable to the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda. The exhibit is an avenue to commend the continuous operations of BFAR 8’s rehabilitation banner program, AHON, and to recognize the firm unity with the private sector which has been very supportive in all rehabilitation undertakings.

On the 15th of October is a “Konsyerto han Mangingisda”, a mini-concert participated by registered fisherfolks around the region who will compete for the chorale and Siday contests. The concert will also be graced by the country’s renowned patriotic singer and song writer, Joey Ayala, who will serenade the audience with his famous hits. On the last day of the week- long event, October 17, will be the awarding ceremonies for recognitions to BFAR employees and partner NGOs. According to Regional Director Juan Albaladejo, this idea was suggested by National Director Atty. Asis Perez who wants a joyous celebration to take a break from the hard-working days since the AHON Program was launched.

Director Albaladejo added that this year’s fish conservation is one of the most remarkable fetes of BFAR 8 because it signifies a noteworthy reason to celebrate in starting anew from the ravages of the world’s strongest typhoon that was Yolanda. With the theme “Sektor ng mga Mangingisda ng rehistrado at kinilala, Kabalikat sa pagsulong ng pangisda ang masagana”, BFAR also calls for the intensified campaign of the ongoing program for fisherfolks registration. The annual Fish Conservation Week Celebration aims to focus and emphasize the need for conservation and protection of coastal resources of the country. (PR)