As the year comes to an end, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) all over the country have presented their 2021 accomplishments and undertakings during the agency’s Year-End Assessment on December 15, 2021, via teleconference.
Through this assessment, all PFDA RFPs proudly showed their significant success in terms of unloading volume and port utilization despite all the challenges that they faced over the year. As of November 30, all ports have unloaded an aggregate volume of 486,921.34 metric tons (MT) and has served more than 48,026 clients nationwide.
Navotas Fish Port Complex
According to the report, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) unloaded 177,825.27 MT of fish and served 17,411 port clients in 2021. In addition, the port had 9,686 vessel arrivals which are more than 100% of their target number of vessel arrivals for the year. PFDA-NFPC also had a 100% utilization rate of their market halls and commercial/industry areas.
On top of this, the PFDA-NFPC also successfully conducted several initiatives, including monthly disinfection activities, COVID-19 vaccination program, the rollout of isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) retail stores, and fish importation.
Iloilo Fish Port Complex
Meanwhile, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) surpassed its target volume after unloading 20,491.08 MT of fish. The port also had 1,828 total vessel arrivals and served 2,777 clients over the year. The PFDA-IFPC also maximized the utilization of all its port-harvest facilities. Also, the port has already accomplished 54.52% of the renovation as part of the flagship rehabilitation project.
The PFDA-IFPC has also undertaken several initiatives like disinfection activities, random swabbing of port clients, and coordination with the local government unit (LGU).
Zamboanga Fish Port Complex
Moreover, the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) has surpassed its unloading target for the year after delivering a total of 7,172.52 MT of fish and has managed to expand the number of clients by 1,939. The PFDA-ZFPC has also successfully utilized all its post-harvest facilities like pier facilities, market halls, cold storage, ice-making plant, processing area, and commercial areas, among others.
Like the other ports, the PFDA-ZFPC also joined in several official commitments to further enhance its organizational capabilities and build relationships with local government units and other agencies.
Camaligan Fish Port
Subsequently, the PFDA – Camaligan Fish Port (PFDA-CFP) proudly presented its port statistics for 2021. As of November 30, the port has produced 203.35 MT of ice and processed 161.63 MT of fishery products. In addition, the PFDA-CFP unloaded 33.40 MT of fish and served 109 port clients. The report also showed that there were a total of seven vessel arrivals.
The PFDA-CFP has also worked with other government agencies and various organizations. Some activities include a call to action against destructive fire, tree planting, and outreach projects.
Lucena Fish Port Complex
On the other hand, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) has also shown significant performance in 2021. The port managed to deliver 18,628.53 MT of fish to its 1,429 port clients. In terms of vessel arrivals, the port has welcomed 7,020 fishing vessels. For its ongoing rehabilitation project, the PFDA-LFPC is on its way to having a brand-new look with an 85.64% completion rate.
Davao Fish Port Complex
Furthermore, the PFDA-Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) also demonstrated a noteworthy performance with 3,980.59 MT of unloaded fish supply. The port has served a total of 926 clients, welcomed 1,213 vessel arrivals, and produced 5,249.05 MT of ice over the year. As the port continues to utilize all its port facilities efficiently, the PFDA-DFPC has registered five new port clients for the year.
Some of the initiatives undertaken by PFDA-DFPC were coordinating with the Davao City-LGU, conferring with officers of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc. (SAFFII) as potential business partners, iOTG partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Sual Fish Port
In addition, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) has proudly presented its victories this 2021. The PFDA-SFP unloaded 1,802 MT of fish. The PFDA-SFP also welcomed 241 fishing vessels and successfully utilized its market halls, commercial areas, and shipyard.
The PFDA-SFP also participated in other initiatives, including meeting with representatives from Pangasinan Fisherfolks Association and meeting with BFAR and Sual-LGU.
General Santos Fish Port Complex
Likewise, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) also shared their success in the year that passed. The PFDA-GSFPC has unloaded 234,894 MT of fish and served 19,935 port clients. In addition, the port also welcomed 12,979 fishing vessels and produced 16,280 MT of ice. The PFDA-GSFPC also fully utilized all its port facilities like market halls, cold storage, processing areas, commercial areas, and harbor quays.
On top of that success, the PFDA-GSFPC also participated in some activities with other government offices and various organizations. They led during the COVID-19 vaccination program for port employees and took part in the Kapatirang Komunikasyon sa SOCCSKSARGEN.
Bulan Fish Port Complex
Finally, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) has proven that the youngest RFP also had what it takes to be a successful port. As of November 30, the PFDA-BFPC delivered 21,924 MT of fish and served 3,500 port clients. The port also had a successful run in maximizing and utilizing post-harvest facilities by the end of 2021.
The year 2021 has been a very fruitful year for PFDA. Despite the many obstacles and hurdles that the agency has faced, it is only natural to celebrate every big and small win that the ports have achieved. This year-end assessment will serve as an inspiration to be a better agency in the years to come.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports from PFDA Regional Fish Ports)