As the industry continues to battle enhanced southwest monsoon rains, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) regained their strengths and recorded a significant collective increase of 18.86 percent or equivalent to 8,229.54 metric tons (MT) of unloaded fish during the October 11 to 17, 2021 period.
According to a two-week comparative report from the Operations Services Department (OSD), this week’s significant increase was greatly influenced by the noteworthy performance of the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC). Data showed that PFDA-NFPC registered 4,167.21 MT of fish (66.05% increase).
In addition, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) has recovered from weeks of decline and has finally shifted to a positive trend. The port managed to unload 228.66 MT (28.66% increase) of fish for all its clients.
Moreover, the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) was also on top of its game this week. After weeks of decline, PFDA-DFPC made a positive shift and recorded 48.63 MT of fish (22.57% increase).
As of October 17, all PFDA ports have unloaded a total of 873,412.05 MT of fish since the pandemic started in March last year.
(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)
Despite facing a severe tropical storm, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) managed to unload 6,923.62 metric tons (MT) of fish during the October 4 to 10, 2021 period.
According to a two-week comparative report from the Operations Services Department (OSD), PFDA RFPs suffered a minor decline due to moderate to rough seas prevailing over the seaboards of the country brought by Storm Maring. Nonetheless, all PFDA ports managed to deliver enough supply of fishery products to all their customers in their respective regions.
Based on the report, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) was the only fish port that recorded an increase in weekly unloading. Data showed that PFDA-SFP unloaded 145.60 MT, or equivalent to a 0.36% increase.
On the other hand, despite a decline, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) contributed to almost half of this week’s total volume after registering 3,048.58 MT of fish and fishery products.
As of October 10, all PFDA ports have unloaded a total of 863,585.08 MT of fish since the beginning of the pandemic last March 2020.
(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)
The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) joins in the celebration of World Food Day 2021 with the theme "Our actions are our future - Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life" on October 15, 2021.
As one of the leading organizations in the Philippines promoting food security and zero hunger through various post-processing services, the agency has participated in this global food celebration, in line with the 76th founding anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The PFDA firmly believes that this annual celebration marks the tenacity and resilience of the fisheries sector in delivering high-quality and affordable fish supply all over the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) have launched the isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) partnership project in line with the celebration of the Cooperative Month 2021, held at the CDA Grounds, Cubao, Quezon City, on October 14, 2021.
Five CDA-identified cooperatives all over Metro Manila each received one top-of-the-line inverter chest freezer, which will be utilized for the selling of fresh-frozen fishery products under the iOTG initiative.
The beneficiaries of today’s launching were Homenet Producers Cooperative in Quezon City, Limardina Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Valenzuela City, Samahan ng Manininda sa Pamilihang Bayan ng Maypajo Caloocan Credit Cooperative (SAMOCA-CC), and Nuesta Señora del Rosario Credit Cooperative in Malabon City, and DOT ATDA Transport Service Cooperative in Pasay City.
As part of the iOTG expansion plan, 55 more cooperatives from various sectors will soon receive their brand new chest freezers and be part of the partnership project of PFDA and CDA.
During his message, Agriculture Secretary Dr. William D. Dar commended the partnership between PFDA and CDA in penetrating more markets in Metro Manila with high-quality and budget-friendly fishery products. He believes that food security is equal to handling and managing the COVID-19 pandemic, which is what isDA ON THE GO is all about.
“I consider this event today as a very historic event because we are expanding our partnership with CDA in promoting and enhancing cooperative development of the country, particularly in the fisheries sector. With this partnership opportunity between PFDA and CDA, there will now be a new system of delivering and marketing affordable fisheries products and other commodities through empowered cooperatives in Metro Manila,” Secretary Dar said.
In addition, CDA Chairperson Undersecretary Joseph B. Encabo expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Secretary Dar and PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan for this significant partnership. He said this is the start of a new beginning towards helping small, micro, and medium cooperatives to engage and strengthen their capabilities and livelihood programs.
“This is a project born out of a joint initiative of the PFDA and CDA in the unanimous goal of uplifting and empowering cooperatives in the fisheries sector. It is my greatest hope that this fruitful partnership with the Department of Agriculture, through the PFDA, shall further blossom and thrive towards many more collaborative projects,” USec. Encabo expressed.
To formally launch the collaboration project, GM Pangapalan and CDA Chairperson USec. Encabo inked a Memorandum of Understanding that was witnessed by Secretary Dar and CDA Assistant Secretary (ASec.) Dr. Virgilio R. Lazaga.
Subsequently, representatives from the CDA-identified cooperatives signed a contract agreement with PFDA.
Ms. Cecilia Lim of SAMOCA-CC said that being one of the recipients of the iOTG partnership between PFDA and CDA is a great opportunity not just for their cooperative, but also for their customers.
“Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa CDA at PFDA dahil ito po ay malaking tulong sa aming kooperatiba lalo na sa amin na nag-uumpisa pa lamang,” Ms. Lim expressed.
On the other hand, Ms. Mirna Magbitang, Founding Chair of Homenet Producers Cooperative, said that they are very thankful to PFDA and CDA because, through this iOTG partnership project, we know that we can help the fisherfolk from the different areas in the Philippines who are having problems with selling their products.
“This is one initiative which we know is towards empowering communities and the members of the cooperatives. More power to CDA and PFDA. We will be looking forward to more partnerships in the future other than iOTG, if possible,” Ms. Magbitang said.
USec. for Agri-Industrialization and for Fisheries Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero, Asec. Noel O. Reyes, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona graced today’s activity. Members of the iOTG team of PFDA, including Operations Services Department (OSD) Manager Mr. Eric M. Sims, Regional & Municipal Project Operations Division Chief Ms. Janet T. Manalo, and PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz were also present during the launching.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with photos from Ali-Jim P. Subang - Public Information Division)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) conducted an orientation about the agency’s isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) partnership project with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to prospective cooperative beneficiaries across Metro Manila, held on October 13, 2021, via teleconference.
Led by the PFDA – Operations Services Department (OSD), representatives from five CDA-identified cooperatives attended the orientation where the main objectives of the iOTG project were given light. They also discussed iOTG as one of the sources of fishery products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera welcomed all the participants for today’s activity. “This partnership with CDA and its member cooperatives is just the beginning of the expansion of iOTG to deliver affordable and high-quality fishery products to more marginalized areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces,” de Vera said.
Subsequently, Ms. Camille An Moog of OSD delivered an in-depth presentation about the iOTG operation, including the project’s business model, product lines, distribution channels, partner outlets, and accomplishments. In addition, Moog presented the agency’s ways forward for the iOTG expansion project, which includes the delivery of inverter chest freezers to 60 cooperatives of the marginalized sector under the CDA.
To take advantage of this partnership project between PFDA and CDA, cooperatives must adhere to several requirements and must achieve certain criteria. The CDA-certified cooperatives must: (1) sign a contract agreement with PFDA; (2) have at least 6 square meters of space; (3) can oversee and process point of sale purchase; (4) have the capacity for bookkeeping and asset inventory management; (5) have a minimum of three years in operation; (6) have a CDA Certificate of Good Standing; and (7) preferably with members from the marginalized sector.
Moog also presented the roles and responsibilities of PFDA and the CDA cooperatives once the partnership occurs.
Regional & Municipal Project Operations Division Chief Ms. Janet T. Manalo facilitated the open forum where she responded to questions, comments, and feedback from members of CDA and representatives of the participating cooperatives. Some concerns about requirements and the delivery process of fishery products were also given further clarification.
During the discussion, Manalo assured the cooperatives that the fishery products sold under iOTG are from PFDA-accredited suppliers and of high quality.
Representatives of Barangay Marcelo Green Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Parañaque City, Homenet Producers Cooperative in Quezon City, Limardina MPC in Valenzuela City, Samahan ng Manininda sa Pamilihang Bayan ng Maypajo Caloocan (CC), and Nuesta Señora del Rosario CC in Malabon City actively participated in today’s activity. Staff and personnel from CDA led by Assistant Secretary Virgilio R. Lazaga were also present in the discussion.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Administrative Services Department – Human Resource Division (ASD-HRD), together with BusinessCoach, Inc., conducted a webinar on Customer Service Training to upgrade the agency’s current customer service standards, held on October 4, 2021.
With the interest of having satisfied consumers and industry partners a number one priority, the agency organized this online training to enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills on various techniques regarding customer service.
The training proper was conducted by BusinessCoach, a provider of quality business seminars that would enhance skills and contribute to entrepreneurial or career success.
PFDA firmly believes that having a solid relationship with its customers, clients, and stakeholders will lead to a food-secure and resilient Philippines.
Employees across all PFDA Regional Fish Ports and Central Office participated in the webinar.
Ms. Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos and Ms. Katrina Joyce P. Miguel of PFDA ASD-HRD served as the moderators of the activity.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports from Ms. Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos – PFDA – ASD-HRD)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for the unrelenting efforts and extraordinary services rendered by the agency’s government frontliners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, held on September 27, 2021.
The award was given during the Appreciation Program for Government Frontliners, wherein the admirable courage and dedication of PFDA employees in providing unhampered services and performing their sworn duties despite the dangers brought by the pandemic were given due credit.
In addition, the recognition was in honor of the agency’s priceless contributions in providing an adequate supply of fishery products for its client, stakeholders, and the public and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and other crises experienced since last year.
(Mark Angelo Perez – Public Information Division with reports from PFDA ASD-HRD)