BFARThe Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) City Fisheries Office was inaugurated on March 1, 2019. The event was attended by the BFAR Regional Director Fatma M. Idris,  PFDA General Manager Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan and PFDA Davao Fish Port Complex Port Manager Engr. Albert P. Aguinaldo.

            The CFO is located inside the Davao Fish Port Complex, whose objective is to cater to the needs and concerns of fishermen and fisherfolk of Davao City. The strategic placement of the facility is expected to expedite transaction between BFAR-CFO and DFPC. (Christine Bisquera.)





 PFDA Participates Manila Bay Rehabilitation Launching

As a member of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the clean-up, Rehabilitation and Preservation of Manila Bay, PFDA has joined with other government agencies, local government unit, non-government organization, academes and other cause-oriented groups for the launching of Manila Bay Rehabilitation.


The main objective is to increase awareness and encourage support from the public to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay and transform its water quality fit for swimming or Class SB standard.


The event was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in compliance to the directives of President Duterte to rehabilitate the Manila Bay.  Prior to the clean-up, solidarity walk was held from the Quirino Granstand to Manila Baywalk. (Henry A. Umil, Jr.)

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 Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) officials and senior staff participated in the 1st NATIONAL GALUNGGONG SUMMIT which was organized by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on January 24 and 25, 2019 with the theme “Producksyon ng Galunggong na Isda ng Masa, Paunlarin Gamit ang Siyensya”. The two-day summit gathered key stakeholders of the galunggong fisheries supply chain, fisherfolk representatives, concerned national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations and science experts.galungong summit 1


The summit aims to generate inputs for the creation of a five-year science-based National Management Plan for Galunggong and likewise address the critical issues on the declining catch and production of galunggong and its related species.

Galunggong is one of the country’s economically-important fish species, and is one of the major target species in the Philippine fisheries sector. The industry alone generates livelihood and income to thousands of fishermen and a source of affordable fish protein for millions of Filipinos.


Relatively, the DA-BFAR had already initiated measures to counter and prevent galunggong stocks from further falling off, by enacting conservation measures through the establishment of closed seasons for galunggong and small pelagic species in Northeastern Palawan from November 01 to January 31, and in Davao Gulf from June 01 to August 31 every year.


Likewise, the attendance of the PFDA staff to the Galunggong Summit will enable the agency to effectively take part in the overall strategy to ensure sustained supply of Galunggong, focusing on further improving post-harvest handling that aims to reduce spoilage while at the same time providing support to science-based strategies that will ensure growth and sustained stocks of the species.

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Four (4) Regional Fish Port Complexes of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), namely: the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC), Davao Fish Port Complex (DFPC) and Iloilo Fish Port Complex (IFPC) are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified. 



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  ISO Certification is an international accreditation issued by external certification bodies, such as the auditors of the Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars, to an organization who performs its inter-related processes within the highest international standards. 



With the ISO 9001:2015 on the four (4) RFPCs, they can now effectively demonstrate their respective capacity to provide quality business processes, strong customer focus, leadership and decision-making, and continual improvement. More so, incorporate risk management to enable the agency identify and provide systematic approaches to risk mitigation for a more efficient quality management system. (Tess Francisco)







The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), together with the DA Bureaus and attached agencies and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, celebrated this year’s World Food Day last October 16, 2018 with the theme; “OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE. A #ZERO HUNGER WORLD BY 2030 IS POSSIBLE”.

The celebration was held at the Quezon City Circle. Fifty participants from the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Central Office and the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) attended the event with Mr. Rhandall Patrick D. Ancheta as PFDA’s flag bearer.

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The WFD program was graced by Secretary  Emmanuel F. Piñol of the Department of Agriculture, Ms. Lotta Sylwander, United Nations (UN) World Food Programme Philippines Representative  and Country Director; Mr. Jose Luis Fernandez Representative in the Philippines of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and USEC Evelyn G. Laviña who is the Chairperson of the Philippine 2018 WFD Celebration.

Notably, said celebration supports the FAO’s mission to raise awareness and action for sectors suffering from hunger and the need to ensure food security and understanding of the approaches that would help end world hunger.

Capping the event was a candle-lighting ceremony participated by the employees of the DA family, FAO, and other agencies who altogether made the WFD pledge underscoring their commitment to take part in the projects and efforts towards ending world hunger.

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“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light” - Hans Hofmann

This year’s Tuna Festival centered on the Mardi Gras backdrop aimed to create light and color.  Like the Mardi Gras, the Festival was celebrated with lively and colorful decors as well as breathtaking parade of costumes in float and streetdancing.

The vibrant colors and textures of Mardi Gras illustrated the vivid colors of the ocean and its marine life as the theme of this year’s Tuna Festival pays tribute to the diversity of ocean and the richness of its fauna and flora.

This year’s Tuna Festival was symbolic as it celebrated the 50th cityhood year of Gensan;  it was a grand and glorious celebration of the city emerging victorious despite the many challenges it faced.  The city is envisioned to be Metro Gensan  with the focused development of its emerging urban centers and the exponential growth of its commercial and industrial estates.


Also, this year’s Tuna Festival likewise celebrated the economic milestones of the city and its industries.  It showcased the solidarity of the Generals towards a common goal, their festiveness in celebrating shared victories and their hospitality in embracing tourists, migrants and investors to the city.

            The highlight of the Festival was from September 1-5 with the much anticipated Parade of Floats kicking off the official opening.  The city was filled with colors, lights and the energetic vibe of the spectators was heartfelt; the Generals gathered along the streets to witness the parade.

           The Opening Ceremony was graced with the local officials, other important guests including Taiwanese Ambassador  Michael Hsu.  The keynote speaker, USEC Art Boncato, Jr.  represented DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat cited the tourism potentials of the Region and outline the Department’s tourism agenda and ongoing initiatives.


Other main events are the FishFest sa Fish Port which is on its 17th Year,  the 3rd Sugbahan sa Dalan, Tunafest Bancarera,  Mr. & Ms. Tourism and the Festival closer,  the TunaFest Mardi Gras Streetdancing Competition. 

The Tunafest Bancarera  jumped start the final day of the highlight activities with the Strteetdancing Competion in the afternoon followed by the Closing Ceremony.  Mayor Ronnel Rivera delivered his message of thanks to the organizers and the men and women behind the Tuna Festival for supporting the Festival amid security challenges.  He especially thanked the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority who have been the LGU’s partner in organizing the Tuna Festival since 2012.

The Closing, like the Opening Ceremony, lit up the skies of Gensan with pyrotechnic show of multi colored fireworks: a final salvo of breathtaking aerial display of lights and colors!

BY:  Fritzie V. LevisteGSFPC, PID Correspondent




The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) through its officers and employees joined the 2018 International Coastal Clean Up (ICC) held at the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) on September 22, 2018. The PFDA’s Regional Ports namely: Davao Fish Port Complex, General Santos Fish Port Complex, Zambaonga Fish Port Complex, Iloilo Fish Port Complex and Lucena Fish Port Complex also participated in the said event.
ICC is a yearly activity and is participated by more than 9 million volunteers from more than 100 countries whose objective is to bring environmental awareness, cleanliness and conservation of oceans through the removal of trash/debris from the beach, shorelines, waterways and seas. (Henry A. Umil, Jr.)
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