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The Department of Agriculture (DA), together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region VI and the Antique Provincial Agriculture’s Office, distributed equipment to the 15 coastal municipalities of Antique last August 24, 2017.

The Antique Project Turn Over and Fisherfolk Forum was attended by Regional Director of BFAR 6, Remia A. Appari together with local executives, representatives, and fisherfolks from various municipalities of Antique.

“These projects are still part of the DA-BFAR programs in support of the fisherfolks in Antique and more projects will be coming in the next two months of 2017 onwards,” Appari said.

The distributions of equipment include: 15 Units 30-footer Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic Patrol Boats given to the 15 towns; 20 Units Post-Harvest Kits to the municipality of Bugasong; 230 Units Seaweed Farm Implements to the municipality of Culasi, Pandan, and Libertad; 10 Units Shallow-water Payao to the Fisherfolk Associations of San Jose and Bugasong, and 2 Units Rainwater-Harvester to the Roquenians Fisherfolk Association of the municipality of Anini-y.

A forum was then held after the distribution where fisherfolks expressed their appreciation for the given equipment, as well as their concerns regarding the local fishing industry.

“Makabulig gid eh kamayad kanamun ra, ilabi na gid ang nabaton namun kadya nga mga kilohan ukon banyera, (It would be a big help for us especially the weighing scale and fish bucket that we received).” said Connie Roquero, 50, from the municipality of Bugasong.

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PHOTO 1 (The recipients of Antique received their equipment given by the BFAR Regional Director Remia A. Appari (Standing third from the Right), with Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao (Standing fourth from the right), and Vice Governor Edgar Denosta (Standing second from the right)