Saturday, February 25, 2017

WATCH: President Duterte may pa premyo na halagang 70-M sa Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan

 The country's fishermen take center-stage on March 7 when President Rody Duterte will award an estimated P70-M in livelihood funds to towns with the cleanest coastal waters, protected mangrove and a successful campaign against illegal fishing in grand ceremonies in Malacañang Palace.

The 2017 Malinis at Masagang Karagatan (MMK) Presidential Awards is a program which I personally conceptualized is handled by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

This will be the first time fishermen, considered as among the poorest sectors in the country, will be given recognition and awards for their role in protecting the country's fishing grounds.

Twelve regional finalists who are already assured of P2-M each in livelihood funds for their fishermen will vie for the top prize of P20-M.

First runner-up will receive P8-M while the second runner-up with get P5-M.

Regional runner-ups will receive P1-M each.

The selection of the winners of the First MMK Presidential Awards for 2017 was based on the following criteria:

1. The town must have a declared marine sanctuary;
2. The town must have a self-imposed closed fishing season of three months during the spawning period of fish;
3. The town must have a protected and rehabilitated mangrove area;
4. The town must have clean coastal waters with no floating garbage;
5. The town must have no reported incidents of illegal fishing.

The cash prizes will be utilized in providing livelihood projects for the fisher folk in the winning towns especially during the closed season for fishing.

In addition to the livelihood funds, winning towns will also be provided with Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLC) which could be used by the fishermen in bringing their catch ashore and fiberglass fishing boats complete with accessories.

The Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will also establish Ice Plants in the fishing communities to support the livelihood of the fishermen.

Leaders of the fisher folk and government officials of the towns vying for the top honors will troop to the Malacañang for the 2017 MMK Presidential Awards, the first time they will ever be recognized and honored by government.




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