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As the agency's step to aiding Typhoon Odette victims, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its Regional Fish Ports (RFP), has conducted simultaneous distribution of relief goods and construction materials worth P10 million to over 7,250 typhoon-affected families in Sogod, Southern Leyte; Surigao City; Siargao Island; and Ubay, Bohol on January 26 to 28, 2022. 

Led by PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan and Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, the agency has allocated P10 million from the PFDA corporate funds to assist various provinces in the southern portion of the country that have been severely affected by the strongest storm of 2021. 

Sogod, Southern Leyte

On January 26, the three-way team of PFDA Central Office, PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC), and PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) arrived in Sogod, Southern Leyte where they distributed 500 relief storage boxes that each contain five kilograms of rice, canned goods, and hygiene kit to the several typhoon-affected barangays. In addition, the agency has also delivered 100 boxes of frozen fish that were received by the LGU of Sogod. The PFDA has also lent 10 freezers for the storage of these frozen goods. 

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Subsequently, two 10-wheeler trucks filled with three tons of fishery products and three tons of construction materials from the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) arrived in Sogod to aid more Odette-stricken barangays from January 26 to January 27. 

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According to the records of Sogod-LGU, they have 3,200 homeless families and 7,000 partially damaged households due to Typhoon Odette. 

 

Surigao City and Siargao Island

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Meanwhile, the team composed of PFDA – General Santos Fish Port (PFDA-GSFPC) and PFDA-DFPC  delivered food packs and construction materials to more than 5,000 typhoon-affected families in Surigao City and Siargao Island. 

Typhoon Odette made its first landfall in the province of Surigao del Norte. Torrential rains, strong winds, and storm surges wreck havoc in the area which rendered many families homeless and in need of help. Immediately after, the typhoon made its landfall in Siargao Island which resulted in a very devastating aftermath in one of the country’s top tourist destinations. 

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Being the closest Regional Fish Ports (RFP) to some of the target areas, they led the facilitation, coordination, and logistics of the relief operation in said provinces.  

 

Ubay, Bohol

On top of the P10-million relief fund, the PFDA-NFPC, led by Port Manager Luz P. Ortiz, has organized a donation drive to provide additional boxes of relief packages and rice packs for typhoon-stricken families in Sogod and Ubay. 

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The PFDA-CO/NFPC/BFPC team crossed the ocean to visit the municipality of Ubay, Bohol. On January 27, they delivered 500 relief storage boxes and 500 packs of rice (5 kgs each) together with a truckload of construction materials like galvanized iron sheets (yero), umbrella nails, hammers, rolls of tie wire, cut saw, and canvasses to Odette victims in Ubay. 

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Ubay, Bohol is a first-class municipality on its way to becoming a city when Typhoon Odette flattened them to the ground. Their primary source of livelihood, which is fisheries and agriculture, has been gravely affected by the typhoon. Fortunately, their municipality is continuously receiving donations from government agencies like the PFDA. 

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"Nagpapasalamat po ako nang marami sa PFDA dahil nakarating sila dito sa aming barangay. Kahit na mahirap abutin ang aming barangay ay nakarating sila at nagbigay ng food packs. Ang hirap po talaga dito sa amin kaya maraming salamat po talaga sa inyong tulong," Ms. Ruth Oring of Brgy. Dagsa, Sogod expressed. 

"Ang mga yero (at iba pang construction materials) na bigay ng PFDA ay malaking tong po sa aming mga mahihirap. Ang bahay po namin ay nalugmok ng bagyo. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumulong sa amin mula sa PFDA," Mr. Armando Udtohan of Purok 7, Poblacion, Ubay said. 

Donors who have extended their help in this relief effort through the PFDA-NFPC were PFDA Officials from the Central Office and RFPs and various NFPC clients and stakeholders. 

 

(PFDA - Public Information Division with reports and photos from PFDA Regional Fish Ports)

 

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Despite many challenges and threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and strong typhoons, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Central Office (CO) and six Regional Fish Ports (RFP) have successfully retained their ISO 9001:2015 certification for meeting international standards on Quality Management System. 

The PFDA CO and RFPs, namely the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), Davao Fish Port Complex (DFPC), General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC), Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC), Lucena Fish Port Complex (LFPC), and Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (ZFPC), have once again secured ISO 9001:2015 recertification after passing their respective annual surveillance audit.

The PFDA-NFPC was the first to pass its recertification on November 15, followed by the PFDA-IFPC on December 18. Both fish ports had their surveillance audited under the SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc., a recognized management systems solution provider.

Meanwhile, Christmas came early for the PFDA-CO and PFDA-ZFPC after receiving their ISO recertifications under the TUV Rheinland, another established ISO certifying body, on December 20. 

Subsequently, the PFDA-DFPC, PFDA-LFPC, and PFDA-GSFPC have all ended the year merrily after securing ISO 9001 recertification on December 23, 28, and 29, respectively. Their ISO certificates were also issued by the SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc.

The QMS for the PFDA Central Office involves Public Administration covering Project Management while the QMS for the six mentioned RFPs cover Market and Harbor Operation.

ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard for quality management. This certification is proof that organizations consistently provide quality services and high-end products that meet customer demands and requirements and enhance client satisfaction. 

Adhering to the ISO standards is also part of the national government's quality management program. This annual audit is required under the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations (GCG) as one of its indicators under the performance evaluation system.

Neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor intense weather conditions can bring down the agency’s commitment to providing excellent project management service and quality harbor and market operations services to consistently attain the highest customer satisfaction. 

In the many years to come, the PFDA and its RFPs are committed to continually improving the effectiveness of its QMS in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 standards. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports and photos from PFDA Central Office and RFPs)

 

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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)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Top Management led by PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan conducted the first leg of the Mindanao Developmental Projects site inspection to survey the establishment of new fisheries post-harvest facilities on December 13 to 14, 2021.

Together with PFDA Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera and PFDA Technical Services Department Manager Engr. Danilo A. Axalan, the PFDA team visited several cities and municipalities in Mindanao to inspect the progress and ongoing improvement of the project. They also met with the local government officials of each area to discuss the project’s implementation phase.

On December 13, the PFDA visiting team arrived at Panabo City in Davao del Norte where they met with Dr. Jericardo S. Mondragon, OIC-National Mariculture Center Panabo City, and Mr. Orlando V. Tuason, City Aquaculture Specialist.

Afterward, on December 14, they visited Tagum City in Davao del Norte to discuss the construction of Tagum City Modern Fish Market. They were welcomed by Mr. Sonny Manigo, Jr., City Planning Department Head, Ms. Louella Mae Apurado-Dumagdag, City Architect, and Ms. Marjorie Mitzi Enriquez, Planning Officer II.

In a previous meeting, GM Pangapalan noted that the agency chose Tagum City as one of the project locations due to identified surplus and demand for fish and fishery products in the area.

The PFDA Top Management also went to several other project sites across Mindanao to review and discuss fisheries post-harvest facilities set to rise in the months to come.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports and photos from Mr. Kenneth Quindao – Office of the General Manager)

 

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As an agency advocating gender sensitivity and inclusivity, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) has organized a two-day virtual talk series about in observance of the 2021 Gender and Development (GAD) 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” from November 25 to December 12, 2021.

Through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (PFDA-GFPS), the agency takes part in this annual campaign highlighting Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act, which aims to raise awareness of the public and the institutions that are mandated to implement the law.

Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson, Deputy Director for Training and Outreach at the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), was invited to be the guest speaker for day one to discuss “All is Fair in Language: A Virtual Talk on the Use of Gender-Fair Communication and Language”.

During her discussion, Dr. Tongson talked about what is sexist language, the nature of sexism and how it becomes present in language, and the kinds of sexist language. She noted that every day is an opportunity to learn more about gender-fair language and be better at communicating with your peers. She also emphasized that language is a language of possibilities regardless of gender.

Dr. Tongson also presented the need for gender-fair language and how to become an ally of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). She said that webinars like this are an opportunity to start the discussion about gender and development. “Let us not only become gender-sensitive, but gender-transformative… Ako ay Pilipino at ako ay marespeto. Let us stop VAW,” Dr. Tongson exclaimed.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jemelle F. Zamora-Milanes, Gender Consultant and member of the National GAD Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women, served as the resource speaker on day two about “Creating Safe Spaces: A Virtual Talk on Ensuring Women’s Safety in the Physical and Digital Workplace”.

Ms. Milanes talked about the salient features of the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law). She defined safe space as a formal and informal place where a person feels comfortable, physically and emotionally safe, and enjoys the freedom of self-expression without the fear of judgment or harm.

In addition, Ms. Milanes discussed the different kinds of Gender-Based Sexual Harassments (GBSH), qualified acts under GBSH, and penalties for the perpetrators. “If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment. I encourage everyone to report in case you experience some form of harassment in public places, online, workplace, and educational and training institutions. Meron pong poprotekta sa atin na batas kaya huwag po tayong matakot. Let's try to create a safe space for everyone,” Ms. Milanes said. 

PFDA GAD Focal Point System TWG Head Mr. Mc Christian Julius A. Macaranas II welcomed everyone who attended and participated in the two-day virtual. Mr. Macaranas is hoping that this passion project of PFDA will become a basic program for all so that everyone, including port clients, stakeholders, and consumers, can understand and embrace the advocacy of gender and development in the workplace and their own homes.

To watch the replay of the webinars and part of this annual activity, make sure to like and follow the PFDA GAD Focal Point System Facebook Page and PFDA Official Facebook Page and use the hashtags #VAWfreecommunitystartswithme and #PFDAGAD.

Ms. Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos of PFDA ASD-HRD and Mr. Miguel M. Pilarta of PFDA PID served as the moderators of the webinar series.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez- Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC), together with the Navotas City Health Office, participated in the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National COVID-19 Vaccination Days to inoculate port workers and residents within the port’s vicinity, held at the port's Motorpool Area on November 29 to December 1, 2021. 

During the vaccination days, 319 individuals received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 150 individuals received their first jab of the vaccine. 

As per Proclamation No. 1253, all PFDA-NFPC employees and workers who received their vaccine during the period will not be considered absent from their work, provided that they present proof of vaccination. 

This joint activity by the PFDA-NFPC and Navotas-LGU is another step towards herd immunity inside the fish port against the COVID-19 virus. 

On top of the three-day vaccination drive, a total of 30 individuals have received their COVID-19 booster shots. Fully vaccinated individuals from the A1 to A3 categories are qualified to receive boosters after health officials authorized the rollout of the vaccine starting December 1. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from Ms. Mae Medina and Ms. Joy S. Tuazon – PFDA-NFPC)

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Three Regional Fish Ports (RFP) of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) in Luzon, namely the Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC), Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) and Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC), have delivered a significant amount of fishery products to all its clients and stakeholders in November 2021, based on the agency’s Modified Integrated Corporate Reporting System (MICRS).

Among the three mentioned ports, the PFDA-BFPC showed the highest increase in unloading volume. Data showed that the PFDA-BFPC unloaded 1,459.19 metric tons (MT) of fish or equivalent to a 113.8% increase. By far, this record is the highest volume and the first 1K-mark for the second half of the year for PFDA-BFPC.

Subsequently, the PFDA-LFPC also showed a growth in numbers after registering 1,483.97 MT of fish (4.95% increase). The PFDA-LFPC has been one of the most consistent ports of PFDA when it comes to maintaining a sufficient volume of fishery products for its clients. 

On the other hand, the PFDA-NFPC has suffered a slight decline in its monthly unloading volume. Regardless of the drop, the port still delivered 19,463.41 MT of fishery products to its consumers. Despite the closed fishing season in one of its main fishing grounds in Palawan, the PFDA-NFPC still performed significantly in November. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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