El Niño now wreak­ing havoc on fish­ponds in Lingayen


LINGAYEN, Pan­gasi­nan—The fish­ery sec­tor in this cap­i­tal town of Pan­gasi­nan is un­der se­ri­ous threat from El Niño. Edgar Si­son, pres­i­dent of the Lingayen Fed­er­a­tion of Fish­er­folk Or­ga­ni­za­tions (Liffo) Inc., said about 60 per­cent of the rivers in the town al­ready dried up due to the ef­fect of El Niño, re­sult­ing in low pro­duc­tion of fish.

He aired this con­cern dur­ing the Liffo First Gen­eral As­sem­bly held at the Pan­gasi­nan Train­ing and De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter on Satur­day.

He said, “Our agenda in­clude dis- cus­sions on how to ad­dress El Niño and how to seek as­sis­tance from con­cerned agen­cies.”

“Com­pared to other sec­tors, only a small share of as­sis­tance reaches our in­dus­try,” he added.

Si­son dis­closed that at present, El Niño poses the big­gest threat to their in­dus­try.

Thus, they re­quest the pro­vin­cial govern­ment and the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources ( BFAR) to pro­vide them wa­ter pumps to en­sure wa­ter in their fish­ponds.

Mean­while, BFAR Pro­vin­cial Fish­ery Of­fi­cer Glice­rio Le­gaspi said con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings were be­ing con­ducted to plan for the dredg­ing of rivers to ad­dress El Niño.

Le­gaspi added that the BFAR pro­vin­cial of­fice was also mon­i­tor­ing il­le­gal fish­ing in Pan­gasi­nan.“We have pa­trol boats go­ing around the pro­vin­cial wa­ters—West Philip­pine Sea and Lingayen Gulf— guard­ing against il­le­gal fish­ing,” he said. Still, Le­gaspi added that the prov­ince re­mained the top fish­ery pro­ducer in the coun­try.

Dur­ing the as­sem­bly, Le­gaspi dis­closed the agency’s pri­or­ity pro- grams to aid the fish­er­men.

Th­ese projects in­clude the Na­tional Shell­fish Pro­gram; pro­vi­sion of fish­ery gears and para­pher­na­lia; techno- demo projects; Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment liveli­hood pro­gram; and Man­grove En­hance­ment Pro­gram.

Also, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, through the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist Of­fice, vowed to pro­vide help to the fish­ery in­dus­try.

Dal­isay Moya, of­fi­cer in charge pro­vin­cial agri­cul­tur­ist, noted that to in­crease fish­ery pro­duc­tion is one of their ob­jec­tives.

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