Province of Antique
Where the Mountains meet the sea. The Rising Star of Western Visayas
From the start of January 2022 Antiqueño local fisherfolks were overjoyed by the huge influx of fishes, juvenile Bilong-bilong/moonfish, skipjack tuna, sardines, dalusan or frigate tuna, and tangigue, in the waters of Antique.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Nicolasito Calawag, starting January 1, more than 20 tons of various fishes were caught all over the province.
Calawag said that the supply of fish has become abundant in every municipal coastal waters because of the strict enforcement of the Provincial Ordinance No. 2016-118, an ordinance creating the Provincial Anti-illegal fishing coordinating board (PAIFCB) and the Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (PBDTF) under the administration of Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Vice Governor Edgar Denosta.
He further said that the implementation of the said ordinance was also supported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Maritime Command Group, and the Philippine Coast Guard -Antique.
“Pasalamat gid kita sa administrasyon ni Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Vice Governor Edgar Denosta and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members for passing the ordinance nga maga bantay kang mga illegal fishing in the municipal waters natun rugya sa Antique.”
Due to strict implementation of the said ordinance, which also prohibits the operation of the commercial fishing boats within the municipal waters, local fishermen are now benefiting the abundant supply of fishes.
“Amo ron dya ang epekto tungod strikto natun nga gina paimplementar ang ordinansa. There is no commercial fishing boats in the municipal waters kon may rugyan ga take kita necessary action. That’s why our local fishermen have enough catch.”
It can be recalled that last 2020 Governor Cadiao together with the provincial board and concerned national agencies signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)for the operationalization of PAIFCB and PBDTF to further strengthen the resource protection and coastal fishery law activities in the province.
As a result, there were commercial fishing boats apprehended and penalized by the provincial government of Antique. (P.I.O. BARCEBAL)
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) the seven (7) associations that participated in the Tanuman Festival 2021 earned almost Php one (1) million.
This associations includes; Antique Garden’s Club Inc., Antique Plant Sell & Exchange Group, Antique Plant Enthusiants Community, Antique Plant Hobbyist, Bonsai Sueseki Club of Antique, Antique Plant Collectors, and United Fishkeepers in Antique, all of these have a total of 143 members.
It can be recalled that this event was initiated by Governor Rhodora Cadiao through the Office of Provincial Agriculturist who aims to help Antiqueño small and medium enterprises ,especially, in cutflower industry to have their income ,even during pandemic.
Mrs. Cecilia Ibañez, from Pis-anan, Sibalom and a member of Antique Garden’s Club Inc., thanked the provincial government for organizing this annual festival, which she said helped them a lot, especially, in their daily needs.
“Bahol nga bulig sa mga plantitas ang inyo gintugro rugya nga lugar kanamon. Makatugro man kalipay sa mga taho nga naga agto rugya. Amo ri-a ang benefits nga biskan kami nga mga plantitas bahol bulig sa amun pangabuy-an ilabi ron gid sa kadya nga pandemya,” Ibañez stated.
This year, the provincial government provides each associations a free services which includes booth with electricity, construction of entrance and exit, nets, water hose, and Covid-19 essentials.
This event also aims to encourage Antiqueño plantitas and plantitos to continue to do planting of various plants in order to make Antique a Go Green province.
Tanuman Festival was held last December 1-21, 2021 during the celebration of Binirayan Festival.