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December 2022 Monthly Briefer resized

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its Regional Fish Ports (RFP), ended the year with a significant jump of 41.33 percent in its aggregate fish unloading volume by delivering 45,355.24 metric tons (MT) of fish to clients and stakeholders in December 2022.

Despite the implementation of closed fishing seasons in the Visayan Sea, Northern Palawan, and Zamboanga Peninsula, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) almost doubled its unloading volume in December. The Navotas port showed tenacity by ending the year positively with 15,493.89 MT of fish (86.56% increase).

Also, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) maintained a productive streak in December. Reports showed that the GenSan port delivered 25,531.63 MT of fish (7.61% increase).

On the other hand, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) and the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) managed to keep their volumes in the thousands after unloading 1,510.38 MT and 1,339.38 MT of fish to their consumers, respectively.

Meanwhile, the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) experienced severe Christmas rain and thunderstorms. Despite that, the Zamboanga port delivered 676.235 MT of fish to its clients and stakeholders.

In addition, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) had a slight dip in its monthly unloading volume. Still, the PFDA-BFPC sold 438.48 MT of fish, respectively. 

Subsequently, the PFDA - Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) recorded 310.72 MT of fish as of December 23, 2022. Fish transshipment operations are back at the Davao port. With that, fish unloading volume is expected to significantly increase in the days to come. 

Additionally, due to the simultaneous enforcement of closed fishing seasons in various major fishing grounds, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) suffered a slight setback in fish unloading but still managed to bring 54.53 MT of fish to its consumers.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC), PFDA Central Office, and PFDA Credit Cooperative joined forces with various groups, companies, and clients, to organize a relief operations for families that were severely damaged by a fire that broke out at the PFDA-NFPC Market 3 on New Year’s Eve.

On January 6, approximately 254 fire-affected families received relief packs containing rice, canned goods, drinking water, hygiene kits, school supplies, towels, blankets, clothes, and other household materials that can help them start anew. In addition, the Rotary Club of North Bay East also gave financial aid to fire victims.

Clients and companies who joined and supported the relief drive were Crystal Cold Storage, United Navotas Fishport Small-Scale Fish Traders’ Association, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., City Government Office – Navotas, Philippine National Police – Maritime, Starcom Manpower and Allied Services, Inc., and Catalina Security Agency.

According to the PFDA-NFPC Management, they are in cooperation with the authorities and other agencies to further assist those affected families. Reports showed no casualties, but roughly 100 houses were affected by the incident.

PFDA-NFPC Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz expressed her appreciation to Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco, officials from the Rotary Club of North Bay East., and all the clients who are part of the relief operations.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from Rose Ann Mendoza of PFDA Central Office and Kristine Joy Tuazon and Mae Angelica Medina of PFDA-NFPC)

 

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After months of decline due to severe weather conditions, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) unloaded 32,091.03 metric tons (MT) of fish in November 2022, a 22.45% jump compared to last month’s record.

According to the report, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) maintained its positive unloading streak after doubling its monthly fish volume to 1,201.13 MT (150.4% increase).

In addition, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) also sustained an increase in monthly fish unloading. The Quezon port has delivered 1,927.26 MT of fish (6.77% increase), the highest volume recorded by the port since February 2022.

Meanwhile, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) has recovered from last month’s decline with 206.08 MT of fish delivered (62.2% increase).

All RFPs in Mindanao have also recorded a significant increase in their monthly unloading volume. The PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) and the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) netted 806.54 MT (21.28% increase) and 371.61 MT (52.4% increase), respectively.

Subsequently, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) is back on track to providing more high-quality fish to its consumers. Data showed that as of November 21, the GenSan port has delivered 17,900.32 MT of fish (56.18% increase), equivalent to more than half of the aggregate volume of all ports in November.

On the other hand, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) continues to distribute first-class fishery products to its clients and stakeholders. This November, the NFPC unloaded 8,304.86 MT of fish.

Additionally, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) unloaded 1,373.23 MT of fish.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Despite a very challenging year, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and six Regional Fish Ports (RFP) maintained their International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certificates after successfully complying with the requirements of the annual surveillance audit.

The PFDA Central Office (CO) and RFPs, namely the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC), Lucena Fish Port Complex (LFPC), Davao Fish Port Complex (IFPC), General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC), and Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (ZFPC), have secured their ISO certification in their respective units. 

The PFDA-NFPC passed its surveillance audit on November 4, followed by the successful ISO audit of the PFDA-IFPC and PFDA-LFPC on November 25 and 29, respectively, by SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc.

Subsequently, the PFDA-DFPC and PFDA-GSFPC ended the year with another milestone after passing SOCOTEC’s ISO surveillance audit on December 2 and 13, respectively.

Meanwhile, for four consecutive years, the PFDA CO has been awarded ISO 9001 recertification by the TÜV Rheinland on December 17.

For four consecutive years, the PFDA CO has been providing quality project management services to its clients, stakeholders, and industry partners and meeting international standards on Quality Management System (QMS).

Quality Management Representative (QMR) and Corporate Planning and MIS Department Manager Ms. Gina J. Reyes thanked the TÜV Rheinland Audit Team for allowing the PFDA management to learn more about improving the agency’s QMS in the future. Ms. Reyes said, “we are proud of what we achieved this year, and our collective effort in the ISO recertification process has bore fruit.”

The surveillance audit for the PFDA CO was conducted on-site for the first time after the pandemic. The newly renovated building has also been one of the highlights of the recertification.

Meanwhile, the PFDA-ZFPC eagerly ended the year after receiving recertification under the surveillance audit conducted by TÜV on December 28.

The QMS for the PFDA CO covers Project Management, while the QMS for the six mentioned RFPs covers Market and Harbor Operation.

The ISO 9001:2015 recertification of the PFDA shows its capability to consistently serve the needs of its clients and comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Through the continuous implementation of a quality management system, this certification safeguards customer satisfaction. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) received a commendation from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Internal Audit Service headed by Atty. Christopher R. Bañas for its 100% resolution rate of citizens’ complaints lodged at the Office of the President's 8888 Citizens' Complaint Center (8888 CCC) from August 2018 to October 2022.

Based on a report, only eleven (11) citizens’ concerns were referred to PFDA for the last five years and all of these were immediately acted upon. 

This recognition highlights the PFDA’s commitment to constantly assisting clients and stakeholders, ensuring customer satisfaction, and upholding public trust.

The 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center serves as a mechanism that allows the public to report complaints and grievances against government agencies, officials, and employees. The hotline also monitors the monthly performance of government agencies and financial institutions through its 8888 portal.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) organized a face-to-face Gender Sensitivity Orientation (GSO) as part of the annual 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with the theme “UNiTEd for a VAW-free Philippines” which aims to address gender-based stereotypes and promote safe spaces for all, held on December 1, 2022

Organized by the PFDA - Gender and Development Focal Point System (PFDA-GFPS), the GSO aims to open the conversation about Gender and Development (GAD) and share thought-provoking ideas that can help create a gender-inclusive and transformative workplace and community.

PFDA-GFPS Overall Head and Public Information Division Chief Mr. Mc Christian Julius A. Macaranas II served as the resource person for the orientation.

Mr. Macaranas discussed various topics, such as the difference between sex and gender and the basics of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sexual Characteristics (SOGIESC). He noted that “oversimplification of SOGIESC is dangerous and can lead to the marginalization of people’s SOGIESC.”

In addition, Mr. Macaranas talked about gender stereotyping in various institutions and gender as a social construct. 

“It is high time for us to consider listening to various ideas about lived experiences and expressions of everyone. It is time for us to acknowledge the social constructs about gender and deconstruct them, and it should start with the family,” Mr. Macaranas said. 

The Republic Act 11313, also known as the Safe Spaces Act, defined gender as “a set of socially ascribed characteristics, norms, roles, attitudes, values, and expectations identifying the social behavior of men and women, and the relations between them.”

(Mark Angelo N. Perez with photos from Paul Vincent R. del Rosario – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS), launched the “Ano ang Suot ko?” Art Exhibit as part of the GAD 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 28, 2022.

The art exhibit is inspired by the first exhibition based on survivor accounts collected by Ms. Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert from the University of Arkansas in 2013 which was accompanied by a spoken word piece of the same title based on the poem "What I Was Wearing" by Mary Simmerling.

The art exhibit aims to raise public awareness about the question “Ano ang suot mo?” that condemns the victims of all kinds of gender-based abuse and neglects the perpetrators.

To formally open the exhibit, PFDA-GFPS Assistant Head Ms. Mary Ann D. Daquer welcomed everyone who participated in today’s launch. Ms. Daquer said that this campaign supports the government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence.

“Naniniwala ako na lahat tayo ay boses at lahat tayo ay may pwedeng gawin to end violence against women… Maging makabuluhan nawa ang exhibit na ito hindi lang para sa mga kababaihan kundi para sa lahat regardless of gender and sexuality… We thank you for your support and commitment for this GAD activity. Let’s commit to be a VAW-free PFDA,” Ms. Daquer said.

During the exhibit, Mr. Miguel M. Pilarta, Head of the Sub-Committee on Advocacy, Linkages, and Capacity Building presented the launch of the “Ano ang Suot Ko?” spoken poetry that was produced by the Public Information Division starring Ms. Ma. Arlyn E. Andagao of the Corporate Planning and MIS Department.

After, PFDA Central Office staff and personnel wrote down their commitments and contributions to having a VAW-free workplace and community.

The exhibition will be open to the public until December 12, 2022.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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