Support to fisherfolks, farmers assures food security in Basilan
ISABELA CITY, Basilan —Food security remains to be one of the top concerns of the provincial government of Basilan.
As an island province surrounded by bodies of water, the island is blessed with natural resources both on land and seas. However, recent developments reveal that climate change, population explosion, and the ongoing industrialization and technological development have depleted much of the earth’s natural resources. And this has also affected the island.
Production and domestication of food is threatened by strong winds, typhoons, flooding, and landslides because of extreme weather events brought about by climate change, which is also attributed to increased human activity.
According to recent reports, aside from facing an uphill battle in terms of agricultural and fisheries production, the Philippines is also suffering from natural-resources depletion and is struggling to contain the rapid rate of biodiversity loss.
Forest degradation caused by destructive human activities, including irresponsible agriculture, mining, logging, timber poaching and wildlife trafficking remained a big challenge for the local government.
The Provincial Government of Basilan through the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)–ARMM provided continues livelihood support to fisherfolks and farmers in the province.
Governor Jim Hataman Salliman with BFAR-ARMM has recently turnedover some 101 fiberglass motorized banca at the village of Balas, Lamitan City. An initial capital of P5,000 was also given to the beneficiaries.
The first batch of 100 motorized banca was released during the First Basilan Fisheries and Aquaculture Summit in September last year. It can be recalled that during the said summit BFAR National Director EduardoGongona promised to support the fisheries sector in the province through the provincial government.