Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) has celebrated the 24th General Santos City Tuna Fish Festival with the theme “Pista ng Karagatan: Ibalik and Saya” through the annual Grand Fish Fest sa Fish Port 2022 held at the PFDA-GSFPC Grounds on September 2, 2022.
As part of the month-long celebration of the Tuna Fish Festival, the Grand Fish Fest is an annual event organized by the PFDA-GSFPC to celebrate the abundant tuna industry in the city. In addition, this one-day activity aims to give homage to all the blessings that the province of Sarangani receives from the bountiful harvest of the sea.
Port employees, fishermen, laborers, and other port clients battled it out in various contests and competitions. This year, there were six main events held during the Grand Fish Fest:
- TUNAy na Mabilis: Linis Tuna (fastest and cleanest tuna de-gutting and gilling won by Tenpoint Manufacturing Corporation)
- TUNAy na Malakas (longest time for holding a 35-kilogram tuna won by Mr. Russel Corpus with a time record of 1:24:31)
- TUNAy na Bigatin (biggest and heaviest catch of the day won by a 126-kilogram tuna)
- TUNAy na Talentado: A Doble Kara Challenge (won by Mr. Gilbert Loyola)
- Langoy, Puzzle, Sack Race Marathon
- Hataw Heneral: Hip Hop Dance Contest with TunaFest Jingle Dance Face-Off (won by ESTMD Kompany)
In addition to this day-long activity, the Generals from the Tuna Capital of the Philippines enjoyed various festival highlights including the 22nd National Tuna Congress, Tuna Fest Skills Competition, Sugbahan sa Dalan, GLEO WEEK: Feast of the Sea Creative Expo, beauty pageants, and fairs that are held all over the city for the entire month of September.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from Ms. Fritzie Leviste of PFDA-GSFPC)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and all its Regional Fish Ports (RFP) nationwide joined the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) with the theme “Fighting for Trash-Free Seas: Pilipinas Ending the Flow of Trash at the Source", held on September 17, 2022.
Led by PFDA Officer-in-Charge General Manager (OICGM) Ms. Iris R. de Vera, hundreds of volunteers, port employees, and port clients from all PFDA RFPs actively participated in the simultaneous cleanup drive where they collected and segregated sacks of plastics, bottles, and other non-biodegradable materials.
OICGM de Vera welcomed everyone who attended the nationwide activity as she joined the cleanup drive from the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC). After two years of being under strict and heavy restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PFDA has once again rejoined the ICC 2022.
“Ang selebrasyon natin ngayong araw ay nagpapa-alala sa atin ng kalinisan hindi lamang sa ating sarili and sa ating bakuran, kundi pati na rin sa ating pinagtatrabahuhan. Ang kahulugan ng ating cleanup drive ngayon ay ang responsible living. Tayo mismo sa ating sarili, dapat natin i-practice na kung anuman ang ating gagawin, may epekto ito sa susunod na mga araw,” OICGM de Vera said.
Since its establishment in 1986, the International Coastal Cleanup has become the largest volunteer effort for the ocean’s health wherein people all over the world gather on shorelines, rivers, lakes, and other waterways to remove plastics and other debris that are harmful to our waters and to marine animals.
In the Philippines, Presidential Proclamation No. 470 series of 2003 declares the third Saturday of September of each year as the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day in observance of the Global Coast Clean-up Celebrations.
The country joined the ICC in 1994 with the International Maritime Alliance as the country coordinator.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)
In the pursuit of maintaining its ISO certification, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) held a three-day Awareness Orientation on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) to all units at the PFDA – Central Office (CO) on September 14 to 16, 2022.
ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard for quality management system (QMS). This serves as substantial proof that organizations consistently provide quality services that meet customer demands, enhance client satisfaction, and continuously aim to improve the organization’s QMS.
Adhering to the ISO standards is also part of the national government's quality management program. This annual audit is required under the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations (GCG) as one of its indicators under the performance evaluation system.
Quality Management Representative (QMR) and Corporate Planning and MIS Department Manager Ms. Gina J. Reyes welcomed everyone who attended the orientation. She highly encouraged everyone to actively listen and participate in the orientation. Ms. Reyes said that this three-day QMS awareness orientation can help everyone, from senior employees to new hires, to review and remind them of the basic concepts of QMS and to refresh their knowledge since we have now moved to our newly renovated building.
"It has been almost three years na walang face-to-face na ISO certification. It is within the same three years nang makatanggap ng ISO standards certification ang Central Office. We have so many justifiable and acceptable reasons why we received this certification but this coming November 2022, we have a new challenge to recertify our office since we are now in our newly renovated building,” Ms. Reyes stated.
"Huwag tayong mapagod. While we are doing this, lahat ng ito ay para sa mga customers, our stakeholders, and our clients who are waiting for the improved, renovated, and rehabilitated facilities sa ating mga ports,” the QMR said.
On the last day, the PFDA-CO QMS Team met with personnel from the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) via teleconference to conduct their QMS awareness orientation.
The QMS for the PFDA Central Office involves Public Administration covering Project Management while the QMS for the six (6) Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) cover Market and Harbor Operation.
Mr. Mc Christian Julius A. Macaranas II, Head of Education and Training Team; Mr. Thadeus A. Mariano, Head of Documents and Records Control Team; Mr. Jose B. Abrenio, Jr., Head of Quality Workplace Team, and Ms. Christal Era M. Datahan, member of Quality Workplace Team served as the facilitators of the three-day activity.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)
As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Camaligan Fish Port (PFDA-CFP) spearheaded a COVID-19 mass vaccination drive for port employees, port clients, and nearby residents to bolster their protection against the deadly virus, held at the PFDA-CFP Grounds on September 13, 2022.
The PFDA-CFP partnered with the Regional Health Office of Camaligan, Camarines Sur in the inoculation of 65 walk-in and voluntary individuals.
In August, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) eased COVID-19 restrictions in the province of Camarines Sur to the least strict Level 1. This level refers to areas wherein case transmission is low and decreasing, total bed utilization rate, and intensive care unit utilization rate is low.
Despite the easing situation, the PFDA-CFP aims to provide all its stakeholders additional protection against the lingering dangers of the COVID-19 virus through this mass vaccination activity.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from PFDA-CFP)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) braved three tropical depressions and one super typhoon that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility in August and delivered 48,096 metric tons (MT) of much-needed fish supply to all consumers nationwide.
The PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) recovered from last month’s dip after delivering 23,034.02 MT of fish, a 4.32% increase.
Meanwhile, as the fishing season reopens in the Davao Gulf, the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) almost tripled its monthly unloading volume to 2,393.83 MT (193.89% increase).
Moreover, both the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) and PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) gracefully recovered following last month’s slip. The ports unloaded 560.28 MT (12.8% increase) and 422.03 MT (36.25% increase), respectively.
In addition, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) also managed to recover from a previous slump despite heavy rains brought by several weather disturbances after recording 2,073.47 MT of fish, a 5.3% increase.
On the other hand, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) suffered a setback in its monthly unloading volume due to severe weather conditions. Nevertheless, the Navotas port still managed to unload 16,702.629 MT, the second-highest volume for the month.
Considering the dangers posed by month-long strong winds and heavy rains to fishing vessels and port activities, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) and the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) have both experienced a decline in their monthly unloading. However, the Luzon ports were able to deliver 2,162.88 MT and 746.87 MT of fish, respectively.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)
The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority enjoins the nation in celebrating the 59th Fish Conservation Week with the theme, “Pagkain ng Bansa Siguruhin, Likas Kayang Produksyon ng Isda Isulong Natin!”
By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 316, the annual celebration of the Fish Conservation Week was transferred from the third week of October to the third week of September, alongside the declaration of the month of September as the Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month.
As the government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) attached to the Department of Agriculture, the PFDA is mandated to promote the development of the fishing industry through the provision of post-harvest infrastructure facilities and essential services that improve efficiency in the handling and distribution of fish and fishery products.
The PFDA shares the objective of the Fish Conservation Week in raising awareness on the need to conserve and protect the aquatic resources of the Philippines, and to promote its importance to the Filipino well-being and to the country’s economy.
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), in partnership with the University of the Philippines – Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP-ISSI), conducted a Leadership and Management Training for personnel from the Central Office (CO) and Regional Fish Ports (RFP) holding senior level and supervisory positions, held on August 30 to 31, 2022 via teleconference.
The two-day activity which was organized by the PFDA Administrative Services Department – Human Resource Division (ASD-HRD) aims to enhance the target participants’ skills in developing and motivating their subordinates and to equip them with the ability to define the responsibilities and authority of each member of management at all levels.
Ms. Crispina “Inday” B. Almonte of the UP-ISSI served as the resource speaker for the leadership training. Some of the main topics discussed by Ms. Almonte were Understanding Management Functions and Manager’s Roles, Leadership vs Management, and Leadership roles.
In addition, Ms. Inday also focused on the participants’ Competence and Skills and the Decision-making capabilities of Supervisors.
At the end of the two-day program, the participants were expected to further appreciate and apply leadership and managerial principles and realize the necessary competencies of effective leaders and managers for the achievement of organizational objectives.
Twenty-five personnel across all CO offices and RFP units actively participated in the two-day leadership and management workshop.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos of ASD-HRD)