CATBALOGAN CITY- The newly-finished fish landing facility is expected to boost the income of fishermen in the city.
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, who led the turnover of the facility located in Barangay Silanga, said that its construction was funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), for P2.85 million.
The fish landing area will not only benefit the fishermen of Silanga but eight other coastal barangays whose residents are relying on fishing as their source of income.
“I urge you to take care of this project because your families are the main beneficiaries of this. This will help you gain more income to support the daily needs of your respective families,” Uy-Tan said during the December 31 turnover rites.
The BFAR donated two freezers for ice production that could help fishermen preserve the freshness of their catch.
Each chest freezer can produce up to 200 ice packs a day and could support the ice requirement of about 40 fishermen.
Mayor Uy-Tan added that part of the fish landing project is the strict implementation and enforcement of the fishery law that prohibits the illegal fishing activity.
“The strict implementation of the fishery law will be enforced by the city (government) to apprehend illegal fishermen and stop the illegal fishing activities (and) bring back the abundance of marine resources of our sea waters that provides income to the fishermen and helps our economy,” she said. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)