Reaching out amid pandemic. PFDA-GSFPC supported and organized participants for the USAID  SURGE virtual conference, particularly the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity or the W-GDP Initiative, July 9, 2020.

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) recently participated in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) program, particularly its Women’s Global Development and Prosperity or the W-GDP Initiative, July 9, 2020.

In collaboration with the General Santos City Local Government Unit (LGU) and the SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc.  (SFFAII),  USAID-SURGE  and PFDA-GSFPC organized a virtual conference for the “Government Financing Programs for the Agri-Fishery Sector” via Zoom.

The program aims to build capacities of women entrepreneurs by supporting local economic recovery efforts in secondary cities through partnerships with LGU and private sector group. 

Under its ongoing work, USAID, with the help LGUs and relevant agencies like PFDA-GSFPC, is reaching out and helping women entrepreneurs and other small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access vital technical assistance and other resources needed to reboot their businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help reach out the agri-fishery sector, PFDA-GSFPC was also tapped to encourage participants from its clients to maximize this opportunity for learning and open avenues for the agri-fishery entrepreneurs particularly women clients and stakeholders.

Due to the existing restrictions particularly on social distancing, PFDA-GSFPC accommodated 10 participants from Markets 1,2 & 3 clients and a processor, composed of 6 women and 4 men participants.

To accommodate more participants while observing COVID-19 prevention and health measures, next batch of clients and participants will be organized in future virtual sessions. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-GSFPC Office of the Port Manager and Administrative Services Division)