Fish Port Unveiling. Philippine Fisheries Development Authority General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan (2nd from the left) led the inauguration and Turn-Over Ceremonies of the Maitum Municipal Fish Port in Saranganin Province on January 26, 2017. He was joined by Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG Regional Director (far left). Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit, Maitum Municipal Mayor (center), Vice Governor Elmer Diperalta (second from the right) and Board Member George Faigui (far right).

     The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) inaugurated two new municipal fish ports (MFP) that will cater to the post-harvest requirement of sustenance fishermen.

The Maitum Municipal Fish Port (MFP) located in Barangay Mabay, Sarangani province was inaugurated on January 26, 2017 with PFDA General Manager, Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan leading the unveiling ceremonies together with the officials of the local government.

The Maitum Municipal Fish Port was completed in October 22, 2016 at a cost of PhP17, 585,452.18. The project consists of stair landing, revetments, electrical and water supply systems, a market hall, ice stall, and perimeter fence.  An ice plant is already operating in the area prior to the establishment of the port.

With an estimated fish production of 11 MT per day, the Municipality of Maitum, through the fish port is expected to consolidate fish landing and trading that will in turn improve the fish handling system and generate additional income to fishers and fish handlers.  In particular, improvement in the quality of fish unloaded by local fishers is expected to be attained as double handling will be eliminated.

The Lubang Municipal Fish Port was inaugurated on December 02, 2016 with the attendance of Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary and BFAR national director Ret. Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona, Sec. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr. of the National Security Council, Lubang Mayor Roberto Sanchez and PFDA's Engr. Arnold Vicente Lorenzana and Engr. Louie Jie Miguel Pineda.

The island municipality of Lubang is a third class town in the province of Mindoro Occidental, with an estimated fish production of 3.37 MT per day and a daily ice demand of 2.52 MT.

Prior to the construction of the Lubang fish port, there is no existing port in the entire island and fishers unload their catch in their respective barangays or in the town center.  Located in Barangay Maginhawa, the Lubang municipal fish port was completed on August 23, 2016 with a cost of PhP18,490,553.12. It consists of a finger pier, rock causeway, market hall and administrative offices.

    Like the Maitum Municipal Fishport, the establishment of the fish port in Lubang will significantly reduce double handling of landed fish and is anticipated to boost incomes of fishers due to improved quality of fresh fish. The operation of the port will encourage a wide range of business opportunities and is expected to generate an income for the LGU estimated to be around half a million pesos per year and more than 1.4 million in accrued incomes for fishers due to efficient handling and unloading system.