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)
In the pursuit of ensuring compliance with guidelines relating to personnel actions, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Administrative Services Department - Human Resources Division (ASD-HRD) teamed up with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to conduct a two-day webinar on Omnibus Rules and Appointments and Other Human Resource Action (ORAOHRA), held on September 29-30, 2021.
The said conference focused on enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills about the rules and regulations about the appointment, promotion, reassignment, separation, and other human resource actions in the civil service. The talk was led by CSC Field Office – Department of Agriculture Director Ms. Fe P. Lacaba.
Human Resource Management officers from all PFDA Regional Fish Ports and Central Office, as well as several Top Management officials, have participated in the successful two-day ORAOHRA orientation.
Ms. Katrina Joyce P. Miguel and Ms. Mary Anne Kristine R. Ramos 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)
PFDA WEEKLY BRIEFER FOR THE SEPTEMBER 27 TO OCTOBER 3, 2021 UNLOADING PERIOD
As we enter the final quarter of the year, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) recovered from weeks of decline after delivering 8,216.73 metric tons (MT) of fish or equivalent to a 3.19 percent increase during the September 27 to October 3, 2021 period.
According to a two-week comparative report prepared by the Operations Services Department (OSD), the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) led the fish ports in achieving this much-awaited increase. Data showed that PFDA-IFPC registered a 71.07% increase (594.93 MT).
Moreover, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) is on its three-week streak of increasing unloading volume. This week, the port unloaded 320.81 MT of fish (a 12.64% increase).
In addition, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) delivered 145.08 MT of fish (57.01% increase).
Subsequently, PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) doubled its weekly unloading volume to 349.80 MT (115.16% increase) following last week’s slump.
Finally, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) significantly recovered from a slight dip and recorded 2,867.37 MT of fish (25.82 % increase).
With this week’s positive unloading, the agency’s isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) Flagship Project continues to offer affordable and high-quality fishery products to all its consumers.
Based on the report, the project welcomed the month of October by selling 0.49 MT of fresh-frozen fish.
As of October 3, the iOTG initiative has sold 126.92 MT of fishery products since the pandemic hit last March 2020.
(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) hit various areas across the National Capital Region with its isDA ON THE GO retail markets as part of the expansion of the agency's iOTG Flagship Project, held on October 2, 2021.
Led by the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) iOTG team, some of the new reefer vans that were blessed earlier in the week were deployed within NCR target communities to extend the delivery of adequate fishery products nationwide.
The iOTG team went to seven locations within Metro Manila to sell around 500 kilograms of affordable fish and fishery products (i.e., bangus, tilapia, galunggong, pampano, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, salay ginto, tanigue, tuna, shrimp, and squid).
Locations include Angela Village Basketball Court, Brgy. Talon Kuatro; Pamplona Park Subdivision, Brgy. Pamplona Dos; and Cittadella Executive Village, Brgy. Pulang Dos in Las Piñas City, Multi-purpose Court, Chico Street, Brgy. Quirino 2A; Brisbane Court, Vista Real Subdivision, Brgy. Matandang Balara; and Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City, and Parkside Villas, Newport in Pasay City.
Some of the fish traders from PFDA-NFPC Market Associations who took part in this endeavors were Navotas Fish Port Complex Market 2 Stall Owners Association, Inc. (Boy & Girlie Corp., Rubenel Fish Broker, Inc., St. Joseph Fish Brokerage, Inc., Jeamboy Fish Consignacion); Manila Fish Dealers Association (Jazel Seafoods Dealer, Bomer-Passan Fish Dealer, Tanwill Fish Trading); Markets 3, 4, 5 Fish Traders Consumer Cooperative (Camua Fish Dealer, Connie’s Fish Dealer, Joe Fish Dealer & Trucking Services); RBL Fishing Corporation and Mercidar Fishing Corporation.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports and photos from Ms. Joy S. Tuazon and Ms. Sofia Romero – PFDA - NFPC)
As the National Capital Region (NCR) remains under Alert Level 4, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) conducted its 19th monthly general cleaning and disinfection activities in several parts of the port on September 30, 2021.
Led by the PFDA-NFPC Port Maintenance Division and FSEMU, the activity was part of the port’s measures in the implementation of safety and preventive measures against COVID-19. The disinfection team thoroughly cleaned the port’s entrance gate/lambatan area and Market Halls 1 to 5.
Volunteers from ambulant vendors, members of the BMIL-BSL and Delta Fire Volunteer Team, Janitorial Services - Manila Alliance Management Services Cooperative (MAMSC), and members of Catalina Security Agency participated in the general cleaning.
PFDA reminds everyone to regularly follow minimum public health standards against COVID-19. Proper use of face mask and shield, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing is still highly recommended to avoid the further spread of the virus. Further, please consult your healthcare provider if you are experiencing common symptoms and check this reminder from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at bit.ly/COVIDHomeCareTips
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with reports and photos from Ms. Joy S. Tuazon and Mr. Emilson Fajardo – PFDA - NFPC)
PFDA WEEKLY BRIEFER FOR THE SEPTEMBER 20 - 26, 2021 UNLOADING PERIOD
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) managed to deliver 7,962.65 metric tons (MT) of fishery products despite intensified southwest monsoon rains brought by a typhoon brewing outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility during the September 20 to 26, 2021 period.
According to a two-week comparative report collected by the Operations Services Department (OSD), PFDA RFPs have suffered a slight decrease of 13.53 percent due to scattered rainfall caused by enhanced Hanging Habagat, which may have affected some fishing vessels and port activities.
Despite an overall decline, PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) successfully maintained positive unloading for two straight weeks at 182.95 MT (25.81% increase).
Subsequently, PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) also recorded a two-week streak after registering a 4.36% increase, equivalent to 284.82 MT of fish.
On the other hand, PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) suffered a slim drop this week but managed to unload 4,141.17 MT of fish, summing to more than half of the weekly total volume.
As of September 26, all PFDA RFPs have unloaded a total of 849,706.71 MT of fish since March 2020.
(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)
Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) conducted the blessing of reefer vans and chest freezers as part of the expansion of the agency’s isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) Flagship Project to extend the delivery of adequate fishery products nationwide through all Regional Fish Ports (RFPs), held at PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) on September 28, 2021.
In a bid to strengthen the supply of high-quality and affordable fresh-frozen fish, the agency is set to distribute 100 units of chest inverter freezers (50 units of 15 cubic ft. and 50 units of 20 cubic ft.) and dispatch 15 units of top-of-the-line refrigerated vans equipped with state-of-the-art devices under the iOTG initiative.
Additionally, the said 100 units of freezers will be distributed to 60 cooperatives of the marginalized sector under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); 10 to government agencies; and 30 to the community-based organizations and individual partners.
During his message, PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan thanked everyone who attended this momentous activity. He said this event is a step closer to delivering iOTG products nationwide.
“Ang programang ito ay naglalayong magdala ng mura at de-kalidad na isda sa buong bansa. Sa ngayon, nakatutok tayo sa Kalakhang Maynila dahil kailangan nating magkaroon ng intervention para makatulong tayo sa maayos na pag-de-deliver ng mga isda sa ating mga consumers lalo’t sa susunod na mga buwan ay magkakaroon ulit ng closed-fishing season,” GM Pangapalan said.
In addition, GM Pangapalan assured that Metro Manila consumers could continuously take advantage of affordable and high-quality fishery products through the iOTG project’s expansion.
“Talagang mas mababa ang presyo sa iOTG sa presyo sa mga palengke dahil from the fish ports, deretso na mismo sa dealer. Makakarating talaga ang mga produkto ng isDA ON THE GO sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan sa tamang presyo,” the General Manager noted.
Meanwhile, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Commodore Eduardo B Gongona thanked GM Pangapalan and the iOTG team for starting up this initiative.
“Itong isDA ON THE GO ay talagang makakatulong na makarating agad ang mga isda sa mga malalayong lugar dito sa Metro Manila. Ang resulta nito ay happy farmers [and fisherfolk], happy consumers dahil direktang madadala ang mga huling isda sa mga mamimili na magdudulot ng mas mababang presyo,” Director Gongona said.
Upon full implementation of the project expansion, the iOTG project will also be operating in selected areas of Visayas and Mindanao to ensure food security by providing accessible and affordable fish and fishery products across the country.
PFDA Acting Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, PFDA-NFPC Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, all department managers of the PFDA Central Office, and the whole isDA ON THE GO Team attended the activity. Several PFDA-NFPC clients and stakeholders also witnessed the blessing and took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the freezers and reefer vans.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division; photos by Johnny A. Basamot – Public Information Division)