Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BFAR buys spawning
Fish for laying pens

MANILA, October 19, (PIA)—To make marine resources sustainable, the government opens up option for fishermen to sell their catch which may be on the stage of spawning.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through Leo Bongalos said the government is offering to buy bycatch which have been found to be spawning, the price is that of its market value. 

The move, according to the BFAR is in support of the effort to keep the these resources into producing their offsprings by keeping them in laying pens to keep these fish or crustaceans into keeping its young. 

This too as the government also implements close and open seasons for fish and crustaceans who are known to spawn in specific periods, Bongalos explained.

The government authorities have asked fishermen to release back to the sea whatever it is that they catch that shows signs of being pregnant or in the process of laying eggs.

But, at times when the gathering is low, and the only ones they get are spawning, there is always thus great chance that this becomes part of the fisherman’s meal.

We urge fishermen to turn over their spawning catch to the government laying pens in Sinandigan Ubay and in Calape, Bongalos appealed.

According to the BFAR, buying these based on the current market price earns for the fisherman and at the same time, allows the fish to complete the laying.

The BFAR however buys only those which are showing signs of good health and is still capable of hatching the eggs.

In the list of most common resource buy-outs are siganids and blue crabs, says BFAR Bohol.

The practice is also now becoming an innovation, coming after the sardines closed season implemented in the Visayan seas, BFAR, who talked about fish conservation explained. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Help someone into the 
Listahanan? Here’s how

MANILA, October 19, (PIA)—If you think somebody’s family is not on the Listahanan and should be there, you can actually get them in. 

All you need to do is see the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) area supervisor who will be accepting information updates and inclusion or exclusion complaints ten days after the list is publicly posted in barangay halls, says DSWD. 

This as the government agency is currently validating Listahanan, an information management system that would largely be the basis for upcoming government assistance to the country’s identified poor.

Compiled by its enumerators who have to personally see for themselves the conditions in reference to poverty to get the family into the list, Listahanan is the common name for the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), which the DSWD updated recently, according to information officer Kerwin Macopia at the Kapihan sa PIA. 

After ten days when the list gets posted at the barangay halls, DSWD area supervisors would be visiting the area and would be accepting complaints, he explained.

The DSWD is looking at helping 232,000 families with the Listahanan giving a face to poverty. 

Complaints however may be inclusion or exclusion errors, which still could happen especially in urban areas where the surveys are largely concentrated in areas where there are noticeable pockets of poverty, he candidly admits. 

When the area supervisors come, they bring with them forms which they will fill based on the data from those information.

This form would be the basis for the Local Verification Committee to decide who gets in and who gets stripped off the list, according to the DSWD. 

The Local Verification Committee consisting of the City or Municipal Mayor, Planning officer, social welfare officer and two representatives of local groups, will finalize the list before any help group can get to their target help beneficiaries. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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