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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its PFDA Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS), joins in the celebration of the 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC 2022) with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women: Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, on March 1, 2022. 

The PFDA-GAD FPS conducted a virtual kickoff program to launch the agency’s participation in this month-long annual celebration that will highlight the gains achieved for women and girls, assess actions towards gender equality, and look forward to steps that must be taken to ensure progress in empowering women. 

As the main highlight of the program, the PFDA-GAD FPS invited five outstanding and empowered women of PFDA to serve as guest speakers and to deliver short messages of inspiration for the hardworking women of PFDA. Guests included Atty. Fatima Dennise D. Briones of PFDA Legal Division, PFDA-Bulan Fish Port Complex Officer-in-Charge Ms. Jacqueline B. Pauig, CPMISD Officer-in-Charge Ms. Gina J. Reyes, Internal Audit Department Manager Ms. Gloria P. Vasquez, and PFDA Assistant General Manager / Chairperson, PFDA-GAD FPS Executive Committee Ms. Iris R. de Vera. 

According to AGM de Vera, the times have changed for women. The AGM proudly said that there are women who are now leading various organizations in the fisheries sector. Nowadays, some women are working and operating regional and municipal fish ports across the country. She also emphasized how women are now leading every important decision-making that can help improve the fisheries industry. 

“Bilang isang ahensya na buo ang suporta sa mga kababaihan, patunay ang pfda na mas uunlad ang isang organisasyon kung ang mayroong pantay-pantay na karapatan at oportunidad para sa lahat. Sama-sama po nating ipagbunyi ang buwan ng mga babae sa sektor ng pangisdaan. Lagi nating tatandaan na hindi tayo “babae lang”. Malalakas tayo at marami tayong kayang gawin,” AGM Iris said. 

PFDA-GFPS Technical Working Group Overall Head Mr. Mc Christian Macaranas expressed his appreciation to everyone who attended and actively participated in the virtual kick-off to close the program. Mr. Macaranas said that this month-long celebration of women is a recognition that everyone, women and men, should work together to overcome every challenge and hurdle in life. 

“Aside from celebration, this event is a protest to remind us that women are important in nation-building and decision-making, hindi lang sa opisina, maging sa buong bansa… Yakapin ninyo ang inyong mga nanay, ate, at lola and remind them that they are loved,” Mr. Macaranas said. 

During the program, Mr. Miguel M. Pilarta, Head, Committee on Advocacy, Linkages, and Capacity Building, presented the lineup of National Women’s Month activities. 

As a true advocate of gender sensitivity, the PFDA continues to take its part in the celebration of women’s valuable role in society and proves that inclusive and sustainable development is only possible when gender equality becomes obtainable.

Ms. Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos of PFDA ASD-HRD and Ms. Camille An I. Moog of PFDA-OSD served as the hosts and moderators of the kickoff virtual program. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with photos from Regional Fish Ports)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), conducted coastal cleanup activities in conjunction with the 24th monthly general cleaning and disinfection in the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) on February 18, 2022. 

In line with the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay, the PFDA has collaborated with the DENR – Metropolitan Environmental Office (MEO) North to restore and minimize environmental footprints in one of the country’s major natural harbors of economic activities. 

Meanwhile, disinfection activities resumed in PFDA-NFPC as part of the implementation of safety and preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the port’s vicinity. 

The disinfection team thoroughly cleaned several areas of the fish port, including the Entrance gate/Lambatan Area, Market Halls 1 to 5, Piers 1 to 5, Market 1 and 2 compound/quayside, Market 3 area, BGA/NENA Compound, and Sagingan Area. 

Personnel from the PFDA and DENR have also conducted an ocular inspection of PFDA-NFPC premises as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay. 

The inspection team includes DENR MEO North led by Deputy Executive Officer Mr. Olga O. Arzado, Navotas City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Chief Ms. Yzabela Bernardina A. Nazal-Habunal, PFDA Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, PFDA-NFPC Port Manager Luz P. Ortiz, and other PFDA Central Office and PFDA-NFPC officials. 

Members and volunteers from the PFDA-NFPC and CO, DENR River warriors, Navotas CENRO, PNP Maritime Unit, Philippine Coast Guard, Market 2 night-time and day-time, Seaquest Fish Trading Corp., Irma Fishing and Trading Inc., Chanidae Marketing Corporation, Samahan ng ambulant vendors, BMIL-BSL and Delta Fire Volunteer Team, Janitorial Services - Manila Alliance Management Services Cooperative (MAMSC), and Catalina Security Agency (CSA) actively joined in the effort towards a cleaner Manila Bay and safer fish port complex. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez and Johnny A. Basamot – Public Information Division with reports from Ms. Kristine Joy Tuazon, Mr. Emilson Fajardo, and Ms. Mae Medina of PFDA-NFPC)

 

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As the nation moves towards herd immunity against COVID-19, a total of 649 organic and non-organic personnel from the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Central Office and Regional Fish Ports (RFP) are now fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. 

According to a report on the vaccination status from the PFDA – Administrative Services Department (PFDA-ASD), as of January 2022, a total of 649 PFDA employees, or equivalent to 97% of the total number of employees have attained full vaccination status. 

Some of the units who have vaccinated 100% of its workforce are the PFDA - Central Office, PFDA - Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC), PFDA - Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC), PFDA - Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC), PFDA - Camaligan Fish Port (PFDA-CFP), PFDA - Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP), and PFDA - Tacloban City Fish Port (PFDA-TCFP).

Meanwhile, the rest of the PFDA RFPs who are on their way to full vaccination rate are the PFDA - Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC), PFDA - Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC), PFDA - Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC), and PFDA - Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) with more than 85% fully vaccinated workforce to date.

In addition, 252 personnel have already received their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. According to the Department of Health (DOH), the interval for the administration of booster doses was shortened to at least three months after the second dose of a primary two-dose vaccine, or at least two months after the primary single-dose vaccine was given. 

On the other hand, only 9 PFDA personnel have yet to receive their vaccinations due to medical concerns. The agency is strictly adhering to the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) protocol that states that unvaccinated personnel is required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours every Monday of the week. 

Despite the high vaccination rate, the PFDA would like to remind everyone to continuously observe proper health protocols to keep the agency coronavirus-free.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports from Mary Anne Kristine  R.  Ramos - HRD-ASD)

 

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The province of Iloilo has been one of the most affected provinces by Typhoon Odette. Nevertheless, the resilient hearts of the Ilonggos remain armed with an unwavering desire to achieve greater heights in the new year 2022. As of December 2021, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) takes another step closer towards a stronger fish port as the agency’s rehabilitation Flagship project reaches 58.01% completion.

 

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Despite the recent devastation of Typhoon Odette in the southern portion of the country, renovations in the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) maintain its course to completion. As of December 2021, the rehabilitation project in the port has finished 86.42%. Soon enough, the PFDA-DFPC can deliver more tons of fishery products and cater to more industry partners and consumers.

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Braving torrential rains and gusty winds, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) is inches away from a new and improved Regional Fish Port. The aftermath of Typhoon Odette has left many parts of the country flooded in sadness, but the PFDA-LFPC remains steadfast and steady.

The future is bright for the fish port because, as of December 2021, PFDA-LFPC has completed 87.03% of its construction.

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) conducted an orientation on isDA ON THE GO (iOTG), the agency’s banner Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, with the members of the local government unit in Sogod, Southern Leyte and some cooperatives on January 31, 2022.

Aside from bolstering their knowledge about the agency's mandates, the orientation aims to strengthen the iOTG partnership between the PFDA and Sogod-LGU.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed to formally transfer the units and have them distributed to different strategic areas and barangays. The Sogod-LGU has received 10 brand-new and state-of-the-art inverter chest freezers and one reefer van through the iOTG initiative. 

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Regional & Municipal Project Operations Division Chief Ms. Janet T. Manalo led the orientation. During the presentation, Ms. Manalo discussed the program objectives and operation of iOTG. She also explained the project's business model, product lines (frozen fish and fresh fish), and distribution channels.

Furthermore, Ms. Manalo proudly presented the accomplishments and ways forward of the iOTG program.

"The PFDA aims to cascade the iOTG project across all parts of the country para mas malawak na ang mararating at matutulungan ng proyekto. Ang iOTG Program ang sagot ng PFDA upang masolusyonan ang tumataas na presyo at limitadong suplay ng isda sa merkado bunsod ng closed fishing season at COVID-19 pandemic," Ms. Manalo said.

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Later in the orientation, Ms. Manalo discussed the roles and responsibilities of PFDA iOTG and its partners, as well as the requirements and criteria before the collaboration with Sogod-LGU starts.

Sogod Mayor Hon. Imelda U. Tan expressed her appreciation to PFDA for providing the people of Sogod with quality and affordable fishery products through the iOTG project. 

“Talagang napasaya ninyo sila [mga taga-Sogod] sa mga naibigay natin [na isda]. We are looking forward to a continuous relationship and partnership with PFDA para ma-fulfill natin ang aim and goal natin na makapagbigay ng available supply ng isda at very affordable prices. Excited ang mga tao sa isDA ON THE GO kaya sana ay magtuloy-tuloy at maging successful ang project na ito,” Mayor Tan said. 

According to former three-termer Sogod Mayor Mr. Sheffered Lino S. Tan, frozen fish is safe for consumption. He said that he wants to change the mindset of people that frozen fish, like the ones sold under the iOTG program, retains the quality of freshly caught fish while extending the lifespan of the product.

"We are so lucky and thankful to the PFDA and PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan for solving problems in the scarcity of fish in Sogod by providing inverter freezers and a freezer van through the iOTG program and by distributing relief goods like boxes of frozen fish, construction materials, and food packs to Typhoon Odette-affected families in our municipality," Mr. Tan expressed.

On January 26, the PFDA, through the PFDA - Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC), delivered three tons of frozen fish and three tons of construction materials in Sogod as part of the agency's relief efforts for the Typhoon Odette affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao. In addition, the PFDA Central Office and Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) also distributed 100 boxes of frozen fish and 500 relief boxes to typhoon-it families in several barangays in Sogod. Related story: PFDA distributes P10M-worth of assistance to Odette victims in Visayas, Mindanao

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When the partnership kicks off, Sogod-LGU will serve as the iOTG depot where cooperatives can avail fishery products and sell them to their respective constituents.

Representatives from Sogod-LGU and some local cooperatives, staff from PFDA-DFPC, PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) Officer-in-Charge Ms. Jacqueline B. Pauig, Ms. Erikah Hesarza of the Operations Services Department actively participated in the orientation.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez - Public Information Division with photos from Paul Vincent R. del Rosario and Miguel M. Pilarta - Public Information Division)

 

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