BASIL Program ensures livelihood at Lake Mainit
TO increase livelihood opportunities and income of fishers in Mainit, Surigao del Norte, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the CARAGA region dispersed 60,000 bangus and 70,000 carp fingerlings in Lake Mainit as part of the Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa or BASIL Program.
The initiative, a brainchild of Secretary Manny Piñol, seeks to address the dwindling resources and increase the volume of fish catch gathered from major lakes and river basins across the country.
The fingerlings’ dispersal conducted on January 12, 2018 is the third in a series of restocking which also aims to preserve Lake Mainit’s endemic fish specie “Pijanga”.
Sec. Piñol was in Surigao del Norte to extend government assistance to the farmers and fishers of the town of Mainit, as well agri-stakeholders of Jabonga and Kitcharao of Agusan del Norte.
During the visit, Piñol, together with officials of the regional DA and BFAR distributed agri-fishery assistance including three units of 30footer double engine patrol boats to strengthen and enhance surveillance measures against illegal fishing activities of the aforementioned municipalities.