|Maintaining safe workplace. PFDA-IFPC (left) and PFDA-ZFPC conducted orientations for their respective port clients to remind everyone on the importance of food safety and COVID-19 prevention measures.|
Even before the pandemic and implementation of community quarantine across various regions in the Philippines, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority has been really keen in its implementation of various health and safety standards in all its Regional Fish Ports (RFPs).
Among these are the regular monitoring and port client orientations on Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (GMP-SSOP) and health protocols on COVID-19 prevention measures.
The PFDA-Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (ZFPC) Food Safety and Environmental Management Unit (FSEMU) conducted series of orientations for its port clients highlighting the importance of proper hygiene, solid waste disposal and safety protocols in handling fish and seafood unloaded at the fish market halls, July 10, 2020.
Meanwhile, the PFDA-Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC) conducted meeting with group of fish traders and vendors to provide update and reminders on COVID-19 prevention practices, June 23, 2020.
Apart from compliance to basic food safety protocols like wearing of gloves, boots, proper attire, non-smoking and spitting, all RFPs are also continuously implementing COVID-19 prevention protocols such as wearing of face masks at all times within port premises, temperature monitoring for those entering the port, proper hand washing, using of foot bath at designated areas and regular disinfection activities.
Aside from the lead monitoring team from the Quality Assurance Division under the Operations Department (QAD-OSD), all RFPs are directed to create and maintain their respective FSEMU to conduct regular activities and implement food and health safety standards. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-IFPC; and PFDA –ZFPC and FSEMU)
|Suistainable fishing. Handline-caught tuna unloaded at the DFPC. The event was attended by Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan, PFDA General Manager (2nd from right), Mr. Domingo O. Ang, Davao Marina Tuna Ventures, Inc CEO (1st from right), and Mr. Albert P. Aguinaldo, DFPC Port Manager (3rd from left).|
In line with continuous efforts of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority to contribute to more sustainable fishing practices, the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex recently welcomed the first tuna unloading using handline fishing technique, July 8, 2020.
Tuna handline fishing is done using smaller and traditional fishing boats. Fishers also use single hooks that catch tuna individually.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), tuna handline fishing creates less impact on the marine environment since it is done through a highly selective method of targeting and catching large and mature tuna which already produced eggs.
Similar to most fish species, egg production depends on age and size of the fish. A 5 year-old female fish can produce an average of five million eggs per year, while those aged 15-20 years old can produce up to 45 million eggs.
Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan, PFDA General Manager and Mr. Albert P. Aguinaldo, DFPC Port Manager, attended the unloading activity.
Aside from the PFDA officers, the activity was also joined by Mr. Domingo O. Ang, Davao Marina Tuna Ventures, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, along with the prospect clients like processors, institutional buyers and exporters.
Unloaded tuna weighs an average of 35 kilograms each and classified as processing grade and sashimi grade. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from the PFDA-DFPC)
|Increasing Livelihood Opportunities for Fisherfolks Amid COVID-19. PFDA-LFPC supports the official turnover of two units of motorized banca and two units of payao from Quezon LGU to SABIDA, June 26.|
The PFDA - Lucena Fish Port Complex (LFPC) supported the official turnover of two units of motorized fiberglass fishing boats and two units of fish aggregating device (payao) from the Quezon Provincial Office to the fisherfolk members of the Samahan ng mga Bisaya sa Dalahican (SABIDA), June 26, 2020.
LFPC Port Manager Custodio Balaoing joined Third District Representative Aleta Suarez, Second District Representative David “Jay-Jay” Suarez, and Alona Partylist Representative Anna Villaraza Suarez, official representatives of Governor Danilo E. Suarez,, during the turn-over ceremony.
The provision of these fishing equipment is expected to increase the livelihood opportunities among the local fisherfolks of Lucena amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was coordinated by the local government of Quezon through the Harbor and Market Operations Division (HMOD) and Port Maintenance and Refrigeration Division (PMRD) of PFDA-LFPC.
The payao is a fish aggregating device being deployed by local small-scale fisherfolks to lure pelagic fish species, most notably tunas and round scads, for an increased fish production. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from Lucena Fish Port Complex and Quezon PIO)
With more employees physically reporting to work upon placing the National Capital Region (NCR) under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the PFDA would like to remind everyone to observe proper health protocols to keep the agency coronavirus-free.
This includes observing at least 1-meter social physical distance, regular washing of hands, and use of face masks on and off the office premises.
The PFDA Central Office also conducted disinfection activities as part of the standard protocols against the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), June 26, 2020.
The activity was led by the General Services Division under the Administrative Services Department (GSD-ASD).
The PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) also supported the event.
Aside from the regular disinfection activities, PFDA Central Office and all Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) strictly maintain and enforce prevention protocols as follows: compliance with ID and passes upon entry; thermal scanning; provision of alcohol, sanitizer, and face mask for employees; observance of physical distancing; and footbath and hand washing stations for all incoming clients at various strategic locations. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from GSD-ASD)
|Virtual Learning. The PFDA workforce from Central Office and 9 Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) convene virtually to learn about various products in the Online Google Suite End User’s Training sponsored by the DICT, June 24.|
As part of the continuous efforts to provide seamless tasks collaboration and unhampered services among PFDA units and personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations brought by community quarantine, the PFDA workforce acquired Online Google Suite End User’s Training from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), June 24, 2020.
The PFDA in-house training is led by the Information Technology Division under the Corporate Planning and Management Information Services Department (ITD-CPMISD). Mr. Michael Yu, from Kollab and DICT, served as the resource person and moderator.
It is participated by 59 personnel from the PFDA Central Office and nine (9) Regional Fish Ports – Bulan, Camaligan, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Lucena, Navotas, Sual, and Zamboanga.
The GSuite Training includes lectures on the use of various Google products like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Meet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and Tasks. These products aid the use of business email, online file storage, shared calendars, and video meetings, particularly useful during alternative work arrangements like shifting schedules and working from home.
According to DICT website, the training covers all government offices with Government-wide Email System (GovMail) accounts.
GovMail is the official email service for government agencies which provides data integrity in electronic communications and transactions. It is also one of the projects of the DICT towards achieving a digital government under the Digital Philippines initiative, according to DICT website.
It provides official gov.ph domains to National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, Government Financial Institutions, and other government projects. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from ITD-CPMISD)
|Keeping up with the health protocols. PFDA-NFPC conducts its third monthly disinfection activities vs COVID-19 last June 6 and 7, 2020. (From top left clockwise: Market Hall Clean-Up; Disinfection of Main Road; Awarding a Certificate of Appreciation to Korean volunteer group by Acting AGM Lamberte; Misting of Market Hall)
The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority - Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) conducted its 3rd monthly general cleaning and disinfection activities last June 6 and 7, 2020 as a preventive measure against the coronavirus.
The event was participated by various NFPC units, port clients, local government units, and other agencies.
Among the organizations that supported the activity were PNP-Maritime, Navotas-CDRRMO, Barangays NBBN at NBBS, Irma Fishing and Trading Inc., Chanidae Fish Trader, United Navotas Fish Port Small Scale Fish Traders, Fish Workers and Fisherfolks Association Inc., Team Bos Ben, CN Elite Fire and Rescue Volunteer, Delta Fire Volunteer, 911 S&RT, LSERV Corporation (janitorial services), and Catalina Security Agency.
Further, the 911 Search and Rescue Team (911 S&RT), a Korean volunteer group, also joined the event and donated environment-safe liquid disinfectant.
The general cleaning and disinfection activities covered various NFPC facilities including main roads, Gate 2 (Market 1 & 2 compound), quayside, and Market Hall 1-5. It also covered Pier 1 (Reblocking Area), Lambatan Area, BGA/Nena Compound, Sagingan Area at Market 3 ISF Area.
Engr. Miguel B. Lamberte Jr., former NFPC Port Manager and now Acting Assistant General Manager, graced the event to discuss his environmental advocacies in line with the Philippine Environment Month. Lamberte also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to the 911 S&RT for their participation and donation.
The monthly disinfection activity is part of the programs organized by the NFPC-Food Safety and Environmental Management Unit (NFPC-FSEMU) as part of the health measures against COVID-19.
Other COVID-19 initiatives of NFPC include strict monitoring of trading practices and close coordination with local government units to assist in the entry and exit of fish workers. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from Navotas Fish Port Complex)
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar visited the Lucena Fish Port Complex (LFPC), one of the Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) under the management of Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), June 20, 2020 .
Sec. Andanar is also joined by PCOO Undersecretary George Apacible and Regional Director Maria Cristina Arzadon, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Region IV- A.
LFPC Port Manager Custodio Balaoing welcomed the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) team and discussed various port activities like fish unloading and marketing.
Sec. Andanar also visited the on-going port expansion and rehabilitation project at the LFPC, one of the flagship projects under the Duterte Administration.
LFPC is one of the sites visited by the PCOO team during their Quezon Province leg. (Public Information Division with reports and photos from LFPC)