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PFDA joins Farmers and Fisherfolk Month

Maligayang Buwan ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda!

 

Nakikiisa ang Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda 2022 na may temang “Modernisasyon at Industriyalisasyon Tungo sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita”. 

Bilang isa sa mga pangunahing ahensya na umaalalay sa patuloy na pag-unlad ng sektor ng pangisdaan, taos-puso ang pasasalamat ng PFDA sa lahat ng masisipag at magigiting na mangingisdang Pilipino. Kasama ninyo ang PFDA sa pagyakap sa modernisasyon at industriyalisasyon ng sektor ng pangisdaan tungo sa mas masagana at mas maunlad na bansa.

Saludo ang buong bansa sa inyong dedikasyon na makapaghatid ng siguradong pagkain para sa lahat.

#FarmersAndFisherfolksMonth2022

#BuwanNgMagsasakaAtMangingisda2022

 

Monthly Briefer April 1 resized

Fish unloading across all Regional Fish Ports (RFP) of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) experienced a slight drop following the devastation of Tropical Storm Agaton in the southern regions of the country this April. 

According to the agency’s Modified Integrated Corporate Reporting System (MICRS), all RFPs have unloaded an aggregate volume of 46,353.97 metric tons (MT) of fishery products. Data showed that the ports experienced a 22.73% dip this month after TS Agaton brought rough seas and intense winds in the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. 

TS Agaton has severely affected the agriculture and fisheries sector in the country, but the agency continues to deliver an adequate supply of fish through all its RFPs nationwide. 

Based on the report, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) registered 2,262.435 MT of fish this April, a significant increase of 49.79%. 

Moreover, the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) and the PFDA – Camaligan Fish Port (PFDA-CFP) have both recorded a significant increase in their monthly volume. The ports delivered 66.15 MT (30.71%) and 6.50 MT (18.79% increase), respectively. 

On the other hand, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) experienced a slight dip in its monthly unloading. Despite the decline, the port remained resilient amid the devastation of TS Agaton and distributed 22,086.43 MT of fish. 

In addition, the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) also plunged this April, but still managed to deliver 16,900.64 MT of fishery products to all its clients and stakeholders. 

Some of the ports that suffered a decline but still managed to supply their consumers with quality and pocket-friendly fish were the PFDA - Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) with 1,799.82 MT and the PFDA - Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) with 1,761.83 MT. 

The PFDA - Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) and the PFDA - Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) have also recorded a decline this April. Nevertheless, these Mindanao ports managed to deliver 883.33 MT and 586.837 MT of fish, respectively. 

Amidst the damaging effects of the recent tropical storm, the agency’s isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) Project continues to provide affordable fishery products to its consumers in Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon. 

According to a report from the PFDA – Operations Services Department (PFDA-OSD), the iOTG project sold 1.5 MT of low-cost fish and fishery products in April. Further, a total of 140.34 MT iOTG products sold since the pandemic started last March 2020.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its Operations Services Department – Quality Assurance Division (OSD-QAD), conducted a series of webinars on current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), held on April 20-22 and 27-28, 2022. 

The PFDA QAD invited several representatives of the Food Safety and Environmental Management Unit (FSEMU) of all Regional Fish Ports (RFP) to expand their knowledge and awareness regarding the proper handling, storage, and distribution of fishery products available in their respective port markets. 

On April 20-22, some of the topics discussed during the cGMP include a broader understanding of the Food Safety Act of 2013, the importance of cGMP concerning Food Safety, a review of cGMP elements, and key practices to Ensure Food Safety.

In addition, they also tackled the importance of Sanitation and Hygiene and Key Sanitation Areas / Conditions of SSOP. By the end of the training, participants constructed a Food Policy suitable to their respective ports. 

Meanwhile, on April 27-28, attendees took a deeper look into the pre-requisites and principles of HACCP. For their workshop, participants showed their improved skills in identifying hazards, their causes, and how to prevent them from happening again by creating a HACCP Plan.

Ms. Maria Divina D. Alcasabas, Ms. Maria Luz C. Lizada, and Ms. Rosemarie Tingzon-Kwan, Food Consultants from the Philippine Trade Training Center, served as resource persons in the five-day webinar series on food safety and hazard control. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from PFDA OSD-QAD and Mary Felice M. Cirilo – PFDA-ZFPC)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) conducted an isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) partnership project orientation with Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)-registered cooperatives from Davao Region, Bohol, and Southern Leyte, via teleconference on April 19, 2022. 

The virtual orientation aims to expand the reach of the PFDA-CDA iOTG partnership project not only in Metro Manila but also in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao. 

Ms. Camille An I. Moog of PFDA – Operations Services Department led the presentation of the iOTG orientation. During the lecture, Ms. Moog discussed the program objectives and operation of iOTG. She also explained the project's business model, product lines (frozen fish and fresh fish), and distribution channels

Additionally, Ms. Moog presented the accomplishments and ways forward of the iOTG program, as well as the roles and responsibilities of PFDA and the CDA cooperatives once the partnership occurs.

To benefit from this partnership project between PFDA and CDA, cooperatives must adhere to several requirements and must achieve certain criteria. The CDA-certified cooperatives must: (1) sign a contract agreement with PFDA; (2) have at least 6 square meters of space; (3) can oversee and process point of sale purchases; (4) have the capacity for bookkeeping and asset inventory management; (5) have a minimum of three years in operation; (6) have a CDA Certificate of Good Standing; and (7) preferably with members from the marginalized sector.

During the open forum, Regional & Municipal Project Operations Division Chief Ms. Janet T. Manalo and Quality Assurance Division - OSD Officer-In-Charge Mr. Emilio Paul M. Candelaria responded to questions and concerns from the members of the cooperatives in the region. They guaranteed to all that the prices of fish sold through the iOTG program are cheaper than the prevailing market price. 

Moreover, Ms. Manalo and Mr. Candelaria explained to the participants that the project contract for the PFDA-CDA partnership may be enhanced to accommodate the geographical considerations of the intended partners. In addition, the PFDA team is looking at plans of creating a fish supply depot for cooperative partners in the Davao Region, Bohol, and Southern Leyte. 

Taking part in today’s activity were the PFDA Assistant General Manager Ms. Iris R. de Vera, CDA Board Member Assistant Secretary Virgilio R. Lazaga, PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz, and staff and personnel from CDA, and members of the PFDA isDA ON THE GO Business Office (IBO). 

Some 60 representatives from various cooperatives in Davao Region, Bohol, and Southern Leyte actively participated in the orientation. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

Monthly Briefer March 2022 resized

Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through its Regional Fish Ports (RFPs), registered a record-high fish unloading volume at 59,988.98 metric tons (MT) in March 2022, a 37.69% increase compared to the previous month's unloading.

Based on the agency’s Modified Integrated Corporate Reporting System (MICRS), this month’s volume is higher than every monthly unloading recorded in the agency system since July 2020.

According to the report, this month’s significant increase was greatly influenced by the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) by almost doubling its monthly unloading volume. Data showed that the port delivered 28,276.47 MT of fish (96.53% increase) to its stakeholders. 

Meanwhile, the PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) also made a significant turnout after delivering 22,157.90 MT of fish (11.07% increase).

Subsequently, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) and the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) both ended the month of March with a positive trend. The ports managed to unload 2,370.24 MT (48.30% increase) and 2,351.03 MT (19.23% increase), respectively. 

Moreover, the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) distributed 902.76 MT of fishery products (6.87% increase).

In addition, PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) and PFDA – Camaligan Fish Port (CFP) have both returned to sea and delivered 50.610 MT (1965.71% increase) and 5.470 metric tons (463.91% increase), respectively.

On the other hand, PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) and PFDA - Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) had a slight dip in their monthly unloading volume. Nevertheless, both ports managed to deliver 2,364.16 MT and 1,510.36 MT, respectively, to fish consumers. 

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) isDA ON THE GO (iOTG) Project Team, participated in the retail selling of the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s KADIWA ni ANI at KITA Retail Stores in Amparo Rotonda, North Caloocan on April 2 to 3, 2022.

In line with the DA’s move to intensify the promotion of the KADIWA rolling stores in the National Capital Region (NCR), this activity is also a response to the continuous increase in food prices due to soaring fuel prices.

The activity was led by DA Secretary Dr. William D. Dar, together with DA-NCR Operations Director Mr. U-Nichols Manalo, DA-NCR Operations Assistant Director Ms. Annray Rivera, and PFDA-NFPC Port Manager Ms. Luz P. Ortiz.

Other KADIWA-iOTG rolling store locations include Don Enrique Heights and Brisbane Street in Quezon City; Tomasa Subdivision, Brgy. Ususan in Taguig City; REHA 1, Stallion St., Rancho Estate I in Marikina City; and Royal South Village, Talon 5 in Las Piñas City.

Almost 450 kilograms (kgs) of fresh and frozen fishery products from the PFDA-NFPC were sold across various KADIWA retail stores in NCR. Various fishery products that were sold in said target locations were galunggong, bangus, tilapia, hipon, pusit, sugpo, tahong, pampano, yellowfin tuna, maya-maya, lapu-lapu, talakitok, betilla and other fishery products.

Market Administrator Mr. Al Fajardo, Amparo Village Homeowners Association President Mr. Ernesto Reyes, members of the iOTG Project Team, and other members of the PFDA were also present during the activity.

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

 

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To cap off the month-long celebration of 2022 National Women’s Month, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) held a virtual talk series entitled “Usapang Lalaki: Understanding Masculinity in Women Issues and Gender Advancement” on March 25, 2022.

Through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (PFDA-GAD FPS), today’s webinar aims to provide the audience a basic understanding of masculinity as a key gender issue, its relationship to women issues such as violence against women (VAW), and how addressing issues of masculinities is essential to advancing gender equality.

Mr. John Erwin S. Bañez, Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines – College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), served as the first speaker where he discussed “Pagkalalake: Sanhi ba ito ng diskriminasyon at pag-aabuso?”.

During his discussion, Mr. Bañez talked about how we build and change the concept of masculinity. The professor said that we tend to put labels and level masculinity, depending on who is considered as masculine and not, which can result in discrimination. He noted that discrimination begins because we have a set standard in men.

Moreover, Mr. Bañez also defined toxic masculinity and ways to address this destructive notion. He noted that masculinity can be a basis of support. Mr. Bañez said that there are other definitions of masculinity, and we can be masculine without being toxic.

“Tandaan po natin na men can be sensitive, caring, gentle, artsy, affectionate, and pretty, among others. Ngayon pa lang, pwede tayo magkaroon ng choice na pwedeng may ibang paraan ng pagtrato at pagpapalaki sa mga batang lalaki so that they can be better men than us… Umpisa pa lang ito. Mahirap ang adjustment pero tuloy-tuloy lang po tayo. We are all a work in progress,” Mr. Bañez said.

Later in the day, Mr. Reynaldo G. De Guia, National Chairperson of Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE) – Philippines, served as the second guest speaker where he talked about the virtues and principles being upheld by MOVE Philippines. 

MOVE Philippines is an advocate of principled men which dedicated themselves to being actively involved in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women, particularly VAWC.

During his presentation, Mr. De Guia shared an overview of VAW in the Philippines and various laws related to VAW. He also shared the vision, mission, objective, core values, and various notable achievements of MOVE Philippines, which revolves around the fight against VAWC. 

“It is the time to strengthen men’s organization to curve, if not eliminate, violence against women. The duty to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality is not exclusive to women alone. Men’s participation strengthens each step towards ending VAW… Our involvement as men advocates is indeed crucial in empowering women. Men and boys need to be part of the solution as allies to end discrimination against women and girls, to achieve gender equality and equity, and to promote the human rights of women and girls,” Mr. De Guia said. 

Before the end of his talk, Mr. De Guia encouraged the male employees of the PFDA to take action and be partners in the efforts of ending VAW in the Philippines. 

To watch the replay of the webinar, make sure to like and follow the PFDA GAD Focal Point System Facebook Page and PFDA Official Facebook Page and use the hashtags #WomenMakeChange #AgendaNgKababaihan #NWMC2022

Mr. Mc Christian Julius A. Macaranas and Mr. Miguel M. Pilarta of the PFDA – GAD FPS Technical Working Group served as the moderators of the webinar series.

(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)

 

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