The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Region 1 turned over P12 million worth of fishery livelihood projects to fisherfolk of Ilocos Norte who were victimized by typhoon Lawin in 2016.The turn-over ceremonies was held on August 1, 2017. The beneficiaries were 708 fisherfolk who are members of 33 associations.

BFAR1 Director Nestor D. Domenden and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos led the turn-over ceremonies to the fisherfolk in a simple ceremony held at Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Also present were Ilocos Norte Senior Board Member Matthew Joseph Manotoc, Burgos Mayor Rodolfo Garcia and Laoag City Councilor Portia Salenda. Marcos thanked the Bureau for providing her constituents with assistance which she said will boost their livelihood activities.

She urged the beneficiaries to take good care and make good use of the fishing gears and equipment as they were given to improve their lives.She also encouraged them to remain committed in the protection and preservation of province's marine resources.BFAR gave 33 units of aquaculture livelihood assistance which will also serve as techno demo farms.

Also turned-over were 16 units of freshwater fishcages, 10 units of seaweeds farm implements, two units of motorized banca (30 footer), 10 units of motorized banca (20 footer), 200 units bottom set longline, 135 tuna handline 30 cast nets, 20 units fish aggregating device (Payao), 200 units gillnet, 10 units fish stalls, 2 units smoke house and one unit stainless table.

The BFAR also gave 80,000 pieces of mangrove propagules to fisherfolk beneficiaries through the Local government units from various municipalities.

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