10th CFLC fish 'bagsakan' opens at Mercado de Loon

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TAGBILARAN CITY (PIA) -- The tenth of the 14 Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLC) opened behind the newly established Mercado de Loon, in Cogon Norte Loon, Bohol, on November 14.

A project of the national government through the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and presented as incentive to local governments to adopt better implementation of fishery resource management policies, the CFLC manifests the government's unwavering support to provide fishery-related facilities and services.

In his message, Loon Mayor Elvi Peter Relampagos revealed that Loon was among the first 100 towns that first finished the Fish'r Survey which the national government mandated for LGUS.

DA BFAR 7 Regional Director Allan L. Poquita pointed out that the facility is envisioned to increase productivity for food security through self sufficiency, socio-economic upliftment, and global competitiveness.

Director Poquita, in an interview, said 14 of Bohol's coastal towns picked eigth CFLCs in 2016 and another six in 2017 and Loon's marine resource bagsakan hub is the third center that opened this year, after Getafe and Talibon.

The CFLC, he said, may also be used as meeting venue, training center, social gathering hub, calamity and disaster evacuation center, in the two-storey building with spacious roofdeck.

Also included in the BFAR package for the town are three stainless steel display tables and a chest freezer, according to the BFAR regional director.

He added that if the town coordinates well with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the proposed fish processing facility could be built beside the new facility.

Mayor Relampagos said fishers from the 32 barangays of the town's 67 barangays can bring their catch to the CFLC, while using the facility to enrich their skills in fishery-related capacities.

He also called on the community to unite which can lead them to inclusive growth along with the provincial and national government's development goals.

Earlier, Loon parish priest Ruel Tumangday led the blessings of the facility.

Governor Edgar Chatto, Representative Rene Relampagos, Board Member Ricky Masamayor, BFAR Poquita, Bohol Fishery Officer Leo Bongalos, town legislators, and barangay chairmen also attended the blessing and turnover of the facility. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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