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Mental Health Matters. The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA LFPC) recently participated in a webinar titled "Be Kind to Your Mind: A Talk on Mental Health Awareness and Ways on How to Cope, Get Through and Grow in Time of Pandemic ", September 29, 2020

To better understand the psychological and mental effects of the pandemic, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA LFPC) recently participated in a webinar on mental health education, September 29, 2020.

The online event titled "Be Kind to Your Mind: A Talk on Mental Health Awareness and Ways on How to Cope, Get Through and Grow in Time of Pandemic " was organized by the Quezon Provincial Gender and Development at Provincial GAD Focal Point System (PGADFPS).

World Mental Health Day is observed every October 10 of the year which aims to raise awareness on mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the consistent ranking of the Philippines in the Top 5 global optimism index, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) said that the monthly hotline calls regarding depression significantly increased comparing 80 calls received pre-lockdown to nearly 400 average calls during the implementation of Community Quarantine.

Further, the WHO also revealed that the most vulnerable population globally is those aged 15-29 and mental health-related deaths are also the second leading cause of fatalities in this age group. 

(Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA - Lucena Fish Port Complex)

 

 

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Safe Workplace. The General Services Division under the Administrative Services Department (GSD-ASD), PFDA conducted the regular intensive disinfection activities and general cleaning last October 10.

 

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) is constantly prompting everyone to follow measures and implementing activities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Led by the General Services Division under the Administrative Services Department (GSD-ASD), PFDA conducted the regular intensive disinfection activities and general cleaning last October 10.

The PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) is also continuously supporting the event.

 

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 Aside from the regular disinfection activities, PFDA Central Office is also reminding all to follow health protocols as follows:

-          - Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes;

-          - Maintain physical distancing of at least 1 meter;

-          - Avoid hand-shaking;

-          - Regular hand washing and disinfection using alcohol or sanitizer; and

-          - Wearing of face mask and face shield at all times

(Public Information Division with photos from the General Services Division- ASD)

 

 

 

GAD GPB 2020
Advocating Inclusivity. The PFDA - GFPS conducted a 2-day virtual GAD Planning and Budgeting participated by all the Technical Working Group (TWG) members from the PFDA Central Office and Regional Fish Ports, October 5-6.

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority - Gender and Development Focal Point System (PFDA GFPS) is continuously spearheading initiatives to mainstream GAD concepts and measures in the agency including all operating units all over the Philippines.

 Recently, the PFDA - GFPS conducted a 2-day GAD Planning and Budgeting Workshop participated by all the Technical Working Group (TWG) members from the PFDA Central Office and Regional Fish Ports, October 5-6.

 Aside from reviewing the current status of the PFDA-GFPS and remaining activities for FY 2020, the workshop also covered discussions on the preparation and necessary adjustments on the strategies for conducting programs and activities for FY 2021 with consideration relevant to the pandemic.

The PFDA-GFPS also discussed the new guidelines set by the recent issuance of the Memorandum Circular 2020-05: Preparation and Online Submission of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

One of the highlights of the Memorandum Circular 2020-05 emphasized on the prioritization of gender issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that are within organizational mandates as part of the FY 2021 GPB.

The recently issued guidelines also established the new assessment formula for Attributed Programs.

 (Public Information Division with report and photos from the PFDA – GFPS Secretariat)

 

 

 

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Research and Development. The Lucena Fish Port Complex and Sual Fish Port both assisted the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute to locate various respondents such as fishers, brokers, traders, retailers, and fishing company owners on September 1 - 4, and September 29 - October 2, respectively.

 As part of the research and development efforts of the government to further understand the needs of the stakeholders in the fishery sector, the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) sought the assistance of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, particularly the Sual Fish Port (SFP) and Lucena Fish Port Complex (LFPC) for their current study --- Assessment of Fisheries Post-Harvest Losses in the Philippines.

The LFPC and SFP both assisted the NFRDI to locate various respondents such as fishers, brokers, traders, retailers, and fishing company owners on September 1 - 4, and September 29 - October 2, respectively.

The NFRDI visited selected areas in the Philippines to determine and quantify post-harvest losses in economically important fishery commodities in all areas of fishery supply chain such as catching, landing, transport, and trading.

The NFRDI is the lead agency for fisheries research and development in the country under the Department of Agriculture.

According to NFRDI website, the agency emphasizes the integral role of fisheries research in the development, management, conservation and protection of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources.

(Public Information Division with reports and photos from PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex and Sual Fish Port)

 

 With the commitment of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority to ensure unceasing delivery of service to all the stakeholders and fish supply to consumers, PFDA- Central Office and all the Regional Fish Ports are continuously implementing strict COVID-19 prevention and health protocols.

Aside from the daily and standard maintenance cleaning activities, PFDA Regional Fish Ports are also conducting periodic intensive general cleaning and disinfection

Recently, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) conducted its 7th monthly general cleaning and disinfection activity as part of the continuous initiatives and intensive measures to maintain a safe working environment for all the stakeholders, October 3.

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Safe Workplace. The PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) conducted its 7th monthly general cleaning and disinfection activity and participated by various individuals, groups, and stakeholders, October 3.

 Led by Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, NFPC Port Manager, the activity is participated by various individuals, groups, and stakeholders who are constantly supporting all the PFDA-NFPC activities such as the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Barangay NBBN and NBBS, and Thunder Fire and Rescue Volunteer at Delta Fire Volunteer.

NFPC stakeholders such as the Association of Fresh Fish Traders of the Phils., Inc. (AFFTPI), Market 2 Daytime and Night time Fish Traders Association, Market 3,4,5 Navotas Fish Traders Association, Irma Fishing and Trading, Inc., RBL Fishing Corporation, Royale Fishing Corporation, Chanidae Marketing Corporation, Irma Ice Plant; and United Navotas Fish Port Small-Scale Fish Traders, Fish Workers and Fisherfolks Association also supported the event.

NFPC - Food Safety and Environmental Management Unit, Manila Alliance Management Services Cooperative (MAMSC), Catalina Security Agency (CSA) also joined the event.

Meanwhile, the PFDA - General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC) also conducted its thorough and intensive flushing and cleaning activities, September 27.

Led by Mr. Jun P. Superticioso, GSFPC Port Manager, the event was also supported by Philbest Canning Corporation's Volunteer Firefighters.

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Safe Workplace. The PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC) conducted thorough and intensive flushing and cleaning activities with the help of Philbest Canning Corporation's Volunteer Firefighters , September 27

The PFDA - Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC) is also conducting weekly intensive disinfection activities following strict implementation of COVID-19 measures and placing of the Iloilo City under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from September 25 to October 9 by the City Government Executive Order 149 – A, series of 2020.

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Safe Workplace. The PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC) is also conducting weekly intensive disinfection activities following strict implementation of COVID-19 measures and placing of the Iloilo City under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

 (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex, PFDA - General Santos Fish Port Complex, and PFDA - Iloilo Fish Port Complex)

 

 

 

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Unhampered Service. The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Public Information Division (PFDA PID) participated in the Freedom of Information (FOI) virtual conference, September 25.

 As part of the commitment to provide unhampered delivery of service and keep up with the information needs of all the stakeholders and interested parties despite the pandemic, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Public Information Division (PFDA PID) participated in the Freedom of Information (FOI) virtual conference, September 25.

The workshop recognized the adjustments and circumstances brought by the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Compliance Monitoring Division (CMD) of the FOI-PMO organized the online event and gathered more than 100 FOI receiving officers from various National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

The activity covered updates and sharing of agencies’ best practices and challenges on FOI implementation especially during pandemic, and 2020 FOI Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) Requirements.

The FOI-PMO also solicited feedback from FOI Receiving Officers (FROs) on agency implementation and suggestions to further develop innovative solutions to further improve FOI implementation in all government agencies.

According to the FOI-PMO, the eFOI portal received a total of 11,847 requests of information over the course of the Community Quarantine period from March 14, 2020 to September 15, 2020.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) is a government mechanism, which allows Filipino citizens to request any information about government transactions and operations, provided that it shall not put into jeopardy – privacy and matters of national security, according to the FOI website (foi.gov.ph).

PCOO Assistant Secretary Kristian R. Ablan, FOI Program Director, graced the event, while Ms. Eden Darlene A. Mendoza, FOI Compliance Monitoring Division Chief, served as the resource person. (Public Information Division)

 

 

Risk Management Training via Zoom
Risk-based Thinking. The Internal Quality Audit (IQA) members from the PFDA – Central Office and Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (ZFPC) completed the introductory course of the ISO 31000:2009 or the risk management — principles and guidelines, September 25.

 To further improve the Quality Management System (QMS) of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), the Internal Quality Audit (IQA) members from the PFDA – Central Office and Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (ZFPC) completed the introductory course of the ISO 31000:2009 or the risk management — principles and guidelines, September 25.

Led by the Ms. Gloria P. Vasquez, QMS-IAQ Team Head, the online training was also organized as part of the preparation for the upcoming surveillance audit this coming 4th quarter of 2020.

Aside from the discussions on the fundamentals of risk management tools, techniques, models and ISO 31000:2009, the training also included workshop on identifying actual organizational risks and its possible causes in the context of the core process established in the PFDA QMS Manual.

The workshop also covered risk assessment procedure to understand potential organizational impact, and risk treatment to identify measures to mitigate the effect of risks in the overall productivity.

According to the ISO website, “ISO 31000:2009 provides general guidelines, design and implementation of risk management plans and frameworks of a specific organization covering aspects on objectives, context, structure, operations, processes, functions, projects, products, services, or assets and specific practices employed”.

Engr. Erickson M. Rabena served as the training resource person. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the Internal Audit Department)

 

 

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