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PFDA JOINS DA, TAGUIG LGU IN MOA SIGNING, GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY. As part of this partnership, PFDA will be leading the construction of a 6,000-square meter modern fish market which is one of the components of this project. 

 In the pursuit of maintaining the city’s “probinsyudad” principle, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), in partnership with Taguig City local government unit (LGU), conducted the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement, groundbreaking ceremony, and time capsule laying for a soon-to-rise modern fish market, held in Bicutan, Taguig City on July 20, 2021. 

The development of this two-hectare project dubbed as Taguig Agro-Industrial Hub for Freshwater Aquaculture and Urban Farming is under the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Agri-Industrial Business Corridors (ABCs) which aims to provide smallholder farmers and fisherfolk access to resources, including state-of-the-art production technology, hatcheries and nurseries, capital, and value-adding facilities. 

As part of this partnership, PFDA will be leading the construction of a 6,000-square meter modern fish market which is one of the components of this project. 

The MOA was signed by Agriculture Secretary Dr. William D. Dar, Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Jaime C. Medina, and Taguig City Mayor Lino Edgardo S. Cayetano. 

According to Sec Dar, this collaboration reflects a good partnership between DA and the Taguig LGU. “This will level up the urban agriculture of the country,” the Secretary said. 

In addition, Taguig City Mayor Cayetano said that the city will remain pro-active in the development of agri-fishery sector which is part of the “probinsyudad” principle of the city. 

Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and Fisheries Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero, Second District Representative Cong. Maria Laarni L. Cayetano, First District Representative Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano, Bureau of Plants and Industry Director George Y. Culaste, PFDA Acting Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources National Director Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona PCG (Ret), Bureau of Soils and Water Management Director Sonia M. Salguero, Acting Assistant General Manager Laguna Lake Development Authority Generoso M. Dungo, Taguig City LGU City Agriculturist Emelita P. Solis witnessed today’s momentous activity.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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PFDA conducts blessing and ribbon-cutting of isDA ON THE GO reefer vans at PFDA-NFPC grounds

 

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) conducted the blessing and ribbon-cutting of 15 new isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) reefer vans, held at the grounds of PFDA - Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) on July 16, 2021.

The iOTG is PFDA's flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project which aims to transport low-cost fresh-frozen fishery products to consumers. In addition, this distribution of iOTG trucks is part of the agency's expansion project to extend the delivery of adequate fishery products nationwide through the agency's Regional Fish Ports (RFPs).

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PFDA Acting AGM Ms. Iris R. de Vera is also present at the blessing of iOTG reefer vans

According to Acting Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, the PFDA also accumulated chest freezers besides these reefer vans. She added that if the budget for 2022 is approved, the agency will have a P90-million worth of project for this same endeavor.

"The main objective of the iOTG project is to distribute affordable fish in Metro Manila and other deficit areas and ensure sufficiency of fish supply in these areas. We are encouraging everyone to work as one in this effort to enhance the operations of iOTG," AGM de Vera said.

Each insulated truck can carry a net weight of 1.6 tons of fish. These trucks are equipped with state-of-the-art devices including a high-powered cooling system, emergency button, and reverse camera, among others, to ensure not only the quality of the products but also the safety of the delivery team.

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PFDA-NFPC Port Manager Luz P. Ortiz and PFDA Finance Services Department Manager Mr. Jose A. Ruiz, Jr. lead the customary tossing of coins

Former Assistant General Manager Engr. Miguel B. Lamberte Jr., Administrative Services Department Acting Manager Atty. Edward M. Campos, Finance Services Department Manager Mr. Jose A. Ruiz Jr., Technical Services Department Manager Engr. Danilo A. Axalan, Public Information Division Officer-In-Charge Mr. Mc Christian Julius A. Macaranas II, NFPC Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, members of Eco-Friendly Women of Navotas, and members of the iOTG team from NFPC and Central Office were also present in the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

PFDA Weekly Briefer July5 11 resized

Weekly Briefer for the July 5 to 11, 2021 Period

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) recorded its second-highest weekly fish unloading volume of the year after its Regional Fish Ports (RFP) registered a whopping 13,366.08 metric tons (MT) of unloaded fish during the July 5 to 11, 2021 period.

Based on a two-week comparative report collected by the Operations Services Department (OSD), PFDA RFPs have recorded an 18.01 percent increase compared to last week’s unloading volume. By far, this is the second 13K mark achieved by the RFPs this year since March. 

According to the data, all fish ports managed to increase their unloading volume and reach the positive trend with PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) and PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) being the top-performing fish ports for the week. 

After weeks of recovery, PFDA-GSFPC is once again at the top of the list this week with 6,557.62 MT of unloaded fish, or equivalent to a 32.12% increase in volume. This record is nearly half the combined total volume of all fish ports. 

On the other hand, PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) has significantly improved its weekly unloading volume following last week’s decline. This week, the fish port delivered 70.36 MT of fish or a 151.80% increase.

Meanwhile, PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) maintained its positive unloading streak, registering 3,921.41 MT of fish for all its clients and stakeholders. Also, PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) perfectly retained its weekly unloading volume at 1,543.59 MT. 

Subsequently, it was also a good week for PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) and PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC), delivering 571.27 MT (23.78%) and 463.70 MT (11.87%), respectively, to all their consumers. 

Likewise, PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) continues to improve its weekly unloading volume with 86.62 MT (57.63%). And lastly, PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) remains consistent in delivering adequate fish supply to its consumers with 151.51 MT (39.45%). 

(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)

 

PFDA Weekly Briefer June 28 to July 4 resized

Weekly Briefer for the June 28 to July 4, 2021 Period

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) significantly recovered from last week’s fish unloading decline after registering a 27.79 percent increase, equivalent to 11,326.17 metric tons (MT) of fish, during the June 28 to July 4, 2021 period. 

According to a two-week comparative report prepared by the Operations Services Department (OSD), PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) and PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) has the most significant recovery compared to last week’s unloading slump. Based on record, PFDA-NFPC and PFDA-LFPC recorded 3,751.90 MT (40.36% increase) and 414.48 MT (84.47% increase), respectively.

On the other hand, PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) also exhibited an upturn in its fish unloading record with 4,963.20 MT or a 29.60% increase, in contrast to a substantial drop from the previous week. 

In addition, PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex continues to tread water with another positive unloading record of 1,543.53 (0.02%). Not far behind is PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) who also maintained a positive unloading streak of 54.53%, equivalent to 54.95 MT of fish. 

Moreover, PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) and PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) were also among the fish ports that notably recuperated from last week’s dip with 461.51 MT (29.68%) and 108.65 MT (3.31%), respectively. 

(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division)

 

Agency News 706 v3

Remaining true to its mandate of promoting the development of the fishing industry, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) met with several local government units (LGU) across the country to discuss the establishment of new fisheries post-harvest facilities in their respective cities and municipalities, held on June 23-25 and 30, 2021 via teleconference. 

Tagum City, Davao del Norte and Mati City, Davao Oriental

On June 23, Tagum City Mayor Hon. Allan L. Rellon attended the meeting with PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan where they talked about the construction of Tagum City Modern Fish Market. 

According to GM Pangapalan, this project is the first-ever project to be implemented by the PFDA, patterned in the modern fish trade market of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. In addition, the General Manager noted that the agency opted to pilot Tagum City due to identified surplus and demand for fish and fishery products in the area.

Subsequently, Mayor Rellon said that the memorandum agreement between the two organizations will be immediately reviewed and endorse the same to the sanggunian for the passage of the resolution and immediate commencement of the project. 

Later in the day, PFDA also met with Mati City LGU representatives to review the project construction of Mati Fish Port. The project component for the city includes reclamation, causeway, market hall, administration building, guardhouse, power and water utilities, and drainage system. 

During the meeting, Technical Services Department (TSD) Manager, Engr. Danilo A. Axalan assured the Mati City LGU that the PFDA will assist them on their application for the Environmental Clearance along with other technical details in presenting the same to the local DENR.

Both projects for Tagum City and Mati City will be included in the procurement activities this July. 

Baler, Aurora  and Salcedo, Eastern Samar

Meanwhile, on June 24, the agency convened with Baler LGU to talk about the construction of the Baler Fish Port and Ice Plant and Cold Storage (IPCS) facility in the municipality. During the meeting, it was agreed that the LGU will submit a letter, specifying their additional comments, requests, and/or proposals on the specification of the project.

On the same day, PFDA arranged a meeting with Salcedo LGU to discuss the construction of the Salcedo Fish Port. This development project includes upgrading and improvement of the existing causeway and access road, construction of a new causeway, market hall and admin office, comfort room, guardhouse, power and water utilities, and drainage system. 

During the dialogue, Salcedo Mayor Hon. Atty. Melchor L. Mergal expressed his appreciation of the project and said that it will be fully supported by the LGU. 

Procurement activities for both Baler LGU and Salcedo LGU are also scheduled starting this month. 

Cabugao, Ilocos Sur

On June 25, the agency met with representatives from Cabugao LGU to discuss the construction of the Cabugao Ice Plant. So far, the planned construction is still waiting for the final location, but it already has completed its Detail Engineering. This infrastructure project includes the construction of a 5-metric ton ice plant and cold storage, power and water utilities, drainage system, and site development. 

Malalag, Davao Del Sur

Finally, PFDA linked up with Malalag LGU to talk about the construction of Malalag Fish Port. The project includes reclamation or site development, trading hall, drainage, sewerage system, outside water distribution system, and outside power distribution system. During the meeting, Acting Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera that PFDA assured Malalag LGU that the agency will assist them with the reportorial requirements and will furnish the LGU with the template to ease the LGU with the weight of the report. 

The PFDA will be reviewing more fisheries post-harvest facilities with other LGUs across the country in the coming days. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division) 

Agency News 705 7

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), in cooperation with the Navotas City Local Government Unit (LGU), has already inoculated COVID-19 vaccine to 7,030 economic frontline workers or members of the A4 priority group working inside PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) as of June 30, 2021.  

Since PFDA-NFPC began the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program for the A4 priority group on June 7, almost 37% of the approximately 19,000 personnel from PFDA-NFPC, stakeholders and port clients transacting inside the port have already received their vaccination. Some members of the fish port who are under the A2 category or senior citizens and A3 category of people with comorbidities have already received their COVID-19 jab before the said date. 

Starting July 5, A4 category vaccine beneficiaries in PFDA-NFPC will receive the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

Remaining as one of the strongest pillars of the Philippine economy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, PFDA continues to support the fishing industry through various interventions, like thorough disinfection activities and this ongoing vaccination program for A4 priority group. 

Through this COVID-19 vaccination initiative by PFDA and Navotas City LGU, PFDA-NFPC is taking another step closer towards herd immunity inside the fish port. This will help empower the sector towards stronger and more efficient port operations and ensure the safety of everyone in the port against the COVID-19 virus. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

PFDA Weekly Briefer June 21 27 resized

PFDA Weekly Briefer for June 21 to 27, 2021 period

Due to intermittent rains brought by the southwest monsoon or “Hanging Habagat”, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFPs) have experienced a decrease in the weekly fish unloading volume from June 21 – 27, 2021 unloading period.

According to a comparative weekly report from the Operations Services Department (OSD), PFDA RFPs registered 8,863.38 metric tons (MT) of fish supply, a drop of 24.11% compared to last week’s volume. Based on the report, this decline is due to sporadic rains across large parts of the country which may have affected several port activities. 

Despite the slide, PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (BFPC) and PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) managed to surpass last week’s volume by registering 1,543.25 MT (5.19% increase) and 35.56 MT (327.40% increase), respectively. 

In addition, PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) also recorded an increase in its weekly unloading volume equal to 16.99% or 96.31 MT. 

Numbers for PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) and PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) also plunged this week, but they still delivered two of the highest volume of unloaded fish for their clients and stakeholders. These ports registered 3,829.50 MT and 2,673.03 MT of fish, respectively. 

(Report by Mark Angelo N. Perez and infographic by Paul Vincent Del Rosario - Public Information Division) 

 

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