By Lady Jean L. Kabagani
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, January 23 (PIA ICCC)–The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Region 10 reiterated their livelihood support to Marawi fisherfolks through the ongoing implementation of the ‘Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa’ (BASIL) Project in Lanao Lake.
Attending the Information Volunteers Network (IVN) held at Tubod Municipality in Lanao del Norte, Noel John Saldajeno, BFAR-10 Regional Information Officer said project ‘BASIL’ was designed to augment income support to the victims of Marawi Siege by providing hybrid tilapia breeder fingerlings.
He explained the rationale of the BASIL project is to rehabilitate the 13 major lakes and river system in the country which include the Lanao Lake, Lake Mainit, Nuluan Lake, Naujan Lake, Lake Sebu, Taal Lake, Laguna Lake, Cagayan River Basin, Abra River System, Agusan River Basin, Bicol River, Pmaangan River Basin and Mindanao River Basin.
The project aims to restore the physical conditions of lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Also, BFAR is eyeing to enhance the fisheries and repopulate indigenous species in support to biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and food sufficiency.
Lake Lanao as one of the major lakes in the country has a potential for fish production and socio-economic advancement embracing the recovery of Marawi City from the conflict-devastation.
Saldajeno said this is a five-year fingerling dispersal project since 2018 up to 2022. This involves the stocking of Lake Lanao with tilapia fingerlings.
“After Marawi siege, we distributed already two million tilapia fingerlings,” Saldajeno said.
Lanao Lake has already been provided with a total four million fingerlings amounting to two million pesos since the January 2018 dispersal.
Lake Lanao will continuously receive same number of fingerlings each year until 2020.
BFAR-10 together with BFAR-ARMM have also provided the Marawi fisher folks with fishing paraphernalia such as fiberglass boats, set gill nets, spear fishing gadgets, smoke houses with the construction of Brush Park.
“BFAR-10 is always committed to help Marawi fisherfolks by distributing tilapia fingerlings for free and we will also help you deliver it to the market for you to generate income,” Saldajeno said.
DA-BFAR is a member of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)