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Business as Usual. The PFDA - Technical Services Department (TSD) organized a virtual conference with the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) and TCGI Engineers to discuss updates on the Rehabilitation/ Improvement of NFPC-Phase 1 plans.

 Business as usual at the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) as the Technical Services Department (TSD) organized a virtual conference with the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) and TCGI Engineers to discuss updates on the Rehabilitation/ Improvement of NFPC-Phase 1 plans, June 23, 2020.

 

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Led by Engr. Danilo A. Axalan, TSD Manager, the virtual meeting covered the presentation on the concept design for the said project, particularly the ship yard portion of the NFPC.

Aside from TSD, NFPC and TCGI, the meeting was also attended by the lessees currently doing business at the NFPC shipyard as part of the consultation process.

 

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The Rehabilitation/ Improvement of NFPC is part of the Flagship Project under the current administration’s priority infrastructure projects.

(Public Information Division with reports from PFDA-TSD and NFPC)

 

 

 

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PFDA vs COVID-19. The PFDA-NFPC is implementing stricter measures and further intensifying its campaigns on COVID-19 prevention initiatives.

With the recent city-wide lockdown imposed by the Local Government of Navotas City, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) is implementing stricter measures and further intensifying its campaigns on COVID-19 prevention initiatives.

Last July 16, 2020, the Navotas City issued the Executive Order No. TMT-038, series of 2020, placing the entire city on a two-week lockdown from July 16 to July 29, 2020. 

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PFDA vs COVID-19. the PFDA-NFPC organized a virtual meeting with the Navotas City LGU and various stakeholders.

As part of the compliance with the issued EO, the PFDA-NFPC led by Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, Port Manager, organized a virtual meeting with the Office of the City Mayor – Navotas City, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group, and representatives from various port stakeholders’ associations to discuss the updates on the implementation of safety health protocols and pertinent precautionary measures relevant to the recent city-wide lock down, July 20, 2020.

The virtual meeting was attended by Navotas City Mayor Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco; PCol. Ricardo E. Villanueva – Chief, RMU-NCR; Mr. Roderic C. Santos- President, Association of Fresh Fish Traders of the Phils., Inc. (AFFTPI); Mr. Michael C. De Guzman-President, Market 2 Night time Fish Traders Association; and Dr. Mario Daniel Eduardo DG. Pascual- President, Mkt. 3,4,5 Navotas Fish Traders Association.

Aggressive campaigns and information dissemination activities are also implemented in PFDA-NFPC to remind all the personnel and stakeholders on the standard health protocols to arrest the spread of the COVID-19.

Recently, the port management conducted series of orientations in coordination with Philippine National Police (PNP)- Maritime Group (MG), Regional Maritime Unit-National Capital Region (RMU-NCR).

Regularly disinfection activities since the start of community quarantine back in March are also part of the COVID-19 prevention measures of the PFDA-NFPC. 

Specific schedules of the disinfection activities will be posted on the PFDA official Facebook pages.

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PFDA vs. COVID-19. Orientation/briefing for PFDA- NFPC stakeholders on standard health protocols.

The PFDA-NFPC engaged various port stakeholders, as follows: AFFTPI; Market 2 Night time Fish Traders Association; Market 3-5 Fish Brokers Association; Inter-Island Deep Sea Fishing Association (ISDFA); Irma Fishing & Trading, Inc.; RBL Fishing Corp.; Kay-Anya Foods Corp.; Emmie-Jim Marine Products; Rubenel Fish Broker, Inc.; Concord Fishing & Canning Corp.; Clabel Fishing Enterprises; St. Joseph Fish Brokerage, Inc.; Manila Fish Dealer; Royale Fishing Corp.; Connie’s Fish Dealer; Jeamboy Fish Consignacion; Ate Dhey Consignacion; Boy & Neneng Fish Dealer; 5F Cold Storage; L.V. Fishing Enterprises.

Aside from the safety and health protocols under the issued EO, the stakeholders’ orientations also covered the penalties for violations under EO No. TMT-038.

According to the EO, businesses caught violating quarantine protocols shall pay a fine of P3,000 on their first offense, P4,000 fine with 15 days closure of business on their second offense, and a P5,000 fine with 30 days closure of business on their third offense. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-NFPC).

 

 

 

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PFDA explores Mindanao. The PFDA Top Management recently conducted a site visit in SANACOR, Sarangani Province. From the right - Engr. Danilo E. Caparos, Plant Manager, Engr. Eduardo Manalo, CMD-TSD, Mr. Marfenio Y. Tan, CEO, and Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan, PFDA General Manager.

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) is continuously exploring new opportunities to diversify programs and activities relevant to its mandate as the flagship government agency established to promote the development of the fishing industry through the provision of post-harvest infrastructure facilities and essential services.

Recently, the PFDA Top Management led by Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan, General Manager, and Engr. Miguel B. Lamberte, Jr., Assistant General Manager, visited various Mindanao-based and leading fishery and aquaculture sites.

The PFDA team is also joined by Atty. Jose Ruiz III, OIC Legal Division/Office of the Board Secretary, and Engr. Eduardo Manalo, Chief CMD-TSD.

The PFDA team conducted site visit in San Andres Aquaculture Corporation (SANACOR) in Alabel, Sarangani Province, July 22, 2020.

SANACOR contributes to an average production of 10,000 metric tons of high value catch like pompano, sea bass, shrimps and milkfish in the province.

Aside from this, SANACOR also provides employment opportunities to thousands of fishers and workers in the province.

The PFDA team met SANACOR officers - Engr. Danilo E. Caparos, Plant Manager, and Mr. Marfenio Y. Tan, Chief Executive Officer.

Sarangani Province is home to over 150 small and large companies engaged in aquaculture.

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PFDA explores Mindanao. The PFDA Top Management with Malalag Mayor Peter Paul Valentin; Mr. Pol Yuro, Municipal Administrator; Mr. Romulito B. Madrio, Port Supervisor, and Mr. Joseph Anthony Lanzar, Malalag Bay Fish Cage Operators and Fisherfolks Association President.

Aside from SANACOR, the PFDA team also organized a meeting with the Malalag Bay Fish Cage Operators and Fisherfolks Association in Malalag, Davao del Sur, July 23, 2020.

The PFDA team met Mayor Peter Paul Valentin; Mr. Pol Yuro, Municipal Administrator; Mr. Romulito B. Madrio, Port Supervisor, and Mr. Joseph Anthony Lanzar, Association President.

Mindanao is considered to be an aquaculture haven in the Philippines. According to BFAR reports, The Mindanao contributed 42% percent of total aquaculture production in the country in 2012 composed of ponds, fish cages in fresh and marine waters, and mariculture of oysters, mussels and seaweeds. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA - Office of General Manager and Office of the Assistant General Manager)

 

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IsDA ON THE GO at AFP. The PFDA's isDA ON THE GO recently joined the DA's KADIWA ni Ani at Kita launching at the AFP Headquarters, July 11, 2020 (Photo 1). From Left to Right- DA William D. Dar, Asst. Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Kristine Y. Evangelista, Undersecretary for Fisheries and National Director of BFAR Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona, and PCA Administrator Retired Gen.Benjamin Rasgo Madrigal Jr. (Photo 2)

 In collaboration with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Program, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority’s (PFDA) – isDA ON THE GO now supplies high quality and affordable fish and fishery products at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) national headquarters in Quezon City.

The “KADIWA at AFP” was recently launched at the Soldiers’ Mall in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo last July 11, 2020.

The event was led by DA Secretary William Dar and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim.

Members of the PFDA Corporate Social Responsibility Unit also joined the event.

According to DA reports, the collaboration project will be also introduced to other AFP camps to help local producers, suppliers and AFP communities across the country amid the pandemic.

Further, the “KADIWA at AFP” will be available twice a month and details of the future events will be promoted through AFP outdoor billboards along EDSA.

The isDA ON THE GO at the “KADIWA at AFP” is now part of the more than 40 locations and outlets of the project around Metro Manila and nearby provinces in Luzon. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA – CSR and DA-AFID)

 

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Reaching out amid pandemic. PFDA-GSFPC supported and organized participants for the USAID  SURGE virtual conference, particularly the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity or the W-GDP Initiative, July 9, 2020.

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) recently participated in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) program, particularly its Women’s Global Development and Prosperity or the W-GDP Initiative, July 9, 2020.

In collaboration with the General Santos City Local Government Unit (LGU) and the SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc.  (SFFAII),  USAID-SURGE  and PFDA-GSFPC organized a virtual conference for the “Government Financing Programs for the Agri-Fishery Sector” via Zoom.

The program aims to build capacities of women entrepreneurs by supporting local economic recovery efforts in secondary cities through partnerships with LGU and private sector group. 

Under its ongoing work, USAID, with the help LGUs and relevant agencies like PFDA-GSFPC, is reaching out and helping women entrepreneurs and other small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access vital technical assistance and other resources needed to reboot their businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help reach out the agri-fishery sector, PFDA-GSFPC was also tapped to encourage participants from its clients to maximize this opportunity for learning and open avenues for the agri-fishery entrepreneurs particularly women clients and stakeholders.

Due to the existing restrictions particularly on social distancing, PFDA-GSFPC accommodated 10 participants from Markets 1,2 & 3 clients and a processor, composed of 6 women and 4 men participants.

To accommodate more participants while observing COVID-19 prevention and health measures, next batch of clients and participants will be organized in future virtual sessions. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-GSFPC Office of the Port Manager and Administrative Services Division)

 

 

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) assured all its port clients of drug-free business locations in all its Regional Fish Port (RFPs).

Recently, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) assisted three PFDA RFPs --- Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC), General Santos Fish Ports (GSFPC) and Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), through series of meetings and inspections related to anti-drug campaigns.

The PDEA – Region VI, in coordination with the Philippine National Police Maritime Command (MARICOM), and Philippine Coast Guard, conducted a joint inspection in IFPC last July 7, 2020.

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Drug-free RFPs. PDEA – Region VI conducted random-check in various vehicles like this fish truck entering the IFPC premises, July 7, 2020

Meanwhile, PDEA – Region XII Drug Interdiction Unit also led an inspection in GSFPC with the assistance of the Office of the Port Manager - Port Security Unit last July 8, 2020.

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Drug-free RFPs.PDEA – Region XII with its K9 unit inspected personal belongings like bags of port clients entering the GSFPC, July 8, 2020. 

Meanwhile, the NFPC management held a meeting with the PDEA – National Capital Region, led by Assistant Regional Director Irvin Coderis, last July 17, 2020. 

NFPC Port Manager Luz Ortiz, Acting Assistant Port Manager Arfilo Catipay, and NFPC-Police and Security Division Officer-in-Charge Nasil Abdul attended the meeting.

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Drug-free RFPs.PDEA-NCR and NFPC management held a meeting last July 17, 2020 to discuss various guidelines to maintain a drug-free zone.

All these activities further highlight the efforts of the PFDA and all the RFPs to maintain peace and order in all the operating units and emphasize the implementation of stricter port regulations in the fight against illegal drugs with the help of relevant agencies like the PDEA, PNP, and Philippine Coast Gaurd. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from IFPC, GSFPC and NFPC)

 

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Galunggong Management. PFDA-NFPC participates in an online meeting with BFAR TWG and support group members to discuss the fishery management of round scad (galunggong) in Palawan last June 18.

 The PFDA - Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) participated in an online meeting with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Technical Working Group (TWG) and support group members to discuss the fishery management of round scad (galunggong) in Palawan, June 18, 2020.

Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, NFPC Port Manager, and Ms. Yolanda M. Belnas, Fishery Market Operations Supervisor I attended the event.

BFAR-MIMAROPA Regional Director and TWG Chairman, Mr. Elizer S. Salilig, MFT led the said virtual meeting. 

The online meeting conducted by the BFAR TWG aimed to give updates on the research study titled “Gonadal Maturity Determination of Decapterus spp. in selected areas in MIMAROPA Region.”

The preparation of the 2021 Work and Financial Plan of the TWG on Round Scad Fishery Management in Palawan was also discussed in the meeting.

Among the agencies and organizations who had their respective representatives were the following: BFAR, NSAP, PSA, PFDA-NFPC, NFRDI, DSWD, DA, DOLE, DILG-LGU, IDSFA-Medium Scale Commercial Sector, PNP Maritime Group, PFO, PAO and WWF Palawan. It was also attended by representatives from DA-attached agencies. 

The BFAR - MIMAROPA Regional Field Office presented its future plans which include the conduct of on-board observation during and after closed fishing season, a closed fishing season send-off ceremony, and the provision of livelihood assistance to affected fishermen during closed fishing season.

The closed fishing season for round scad aims to protect the galunggong species during its peak spawning season which is from November to January. 

It also aims to secure a long-term increased supply of the said species. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-NFPC and DA-BFAR)

 

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