ILOILO – The provincial government, along with two other coastal towns here, was nationally recognized by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for their effort and invaluable support to the revival and protection of their marine resources.
The province and the towns of Anilao and San Joaquin were among the top five awardees during the closing of 51st Fish Conservation Week Celebration held in BFAR Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City on October 17.
Others were the Department of Labor and Employment –Davao Oriental Field Office and the Samahan ng mga Mangingisda ng Penitan, Camarines Sur.
Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Ildefonso Toledo, representing Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., received the Gawad Pagkilala from BFAR National Director Asis Perez during the ceremony.
The award was specifically for province’s Integrated Fisheries Development Program, a comprehensive strategy to effectively implement the coastal resource management, habitat enhancement and fishery law enforcement in the province.
“To all our stakeholders, thank you for your relentless support to us. If not for you, we will never get this award,” Toledo said.
The award embodied what kind of leaders Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, the in-charge of Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force, he said.
Compared to other provinces in Western Visayas, fishery law enforcement alone in Iloilo has the biggest budget of about P6.7-million yearly.
Meanwhile, Anilao and San Joaquin were recognized because of the establishment of a coral garden and marine protection program, respectively. #2014News