The local government of Lupon, in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently launched the newly-constructed Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) in Barangay Poblacion, Lupon Davao Oriental on Monday, May 5.
The launching started with a ribbon-cutting and blessing, followed by an inauguration program at the CFLC, which was graced by Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Francisco M. Villano Jr., PFDA General Manager Glen A. Pangapalan, DA Regional Director Ricardo M. Oñate, BFAR Regional Director Fatma M. Idris, Davao Oriental provincial officials and representatives, LGU-Lupon municipal officials led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim and the community fisherfolks.
Villano enjoined all stakeholders to make use of the facility as a hub center for landing and trading of fish and other seafood products.
It will benefit fishers, traders and consumers by ensuring ready access to fresh, safe and affordable fishery products.
The CFLC will also serve as training center for fish processing, proper sanitation, proper handling and marketing, including conservation and protection of fisheries resources.
Meanwhile, Atty. Pangapalan said, “As long as you can properly operate and manage CFLC, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority will put up a Fish Port here in Lupon.”
Lupon Mayor said, the establishment of the CFLC in Lupon, Davao Oriental will be a big help to the community and to Lupon in general.
The project, which is funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, will serve as the business center of the community and nearby areas.
“The fishermen will no longer need to bring and sell their catch in another place. All they have to do is to bring the catch and sell here,” said Director Fatma M. Idris.
On the other hand, Mayor Lim, together with the community fisherfolks, vowed to take care of the project, which she said is special and unique and will provide good livelihood to the people. (Photos: Bobcat)