Western Visayas Community fish landing centers are now market-access ready
Safe and quality fish and fishery products are now offered and could be availed at community fish landing centers.
The operationalization of community fish landing centers (CFLC) established by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is expected to cater fish landing, market and trade for the public which will further address the issues on fisheries post-harvest losses in Western Visayas.
The said CFLC sites in region 6 will support the region to improve the economic stability and lessen the incidence of poverty especially in the coastal municipalities, at the same time able to afford safe and quality food for the community.
Region 6 has already thirteen (13) CFLCs strategically housed in different provinces that are operating. In the province of Aklan, CFLC sites operated is located in the municipalities of Buruanga and Ibajay while in Antique, CFLC operation is observed at LGU- Anini-y and Culasi the same through with the municipalities of President Roxas, Pontevedra and Ivisan in Capiz. Likewise, CFLCs in Iloilo of Estancia, San Dionisio, and Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo and in Victorias City, Negros Occidental are also operated.
With the aid from BFAR, CFLC component such as fish stalls, upright and chest type freezers were utilized for sustainable operation of the site from landings down to marketing and other income-generating activities.
Recently, a dry-run for CFLC operation was conducted in Anini-y, Antique and San Lorenzo in Guimaras on June 27 to 28, 2018. The activity stimulated the arousal of fish landings and vending in the area which further invites folks from the neighboring communities.
In San Lorenzo, fish brought at the landing center were concentrated for high valued species such as orange-spotted grouper, blue-spotted stingray, emperor fish, and sweetlips among others. Whereas, fish species such as tuna and tuna-like species were observed to land in Anini-y, Antique. Similar fish landing scenario was also documented in the municipality of Buruanga, Aklan and some parts of southern Iloilo.
There are still 48 more of CFLCs in the region waiting and ready to be operationalized. The CFLCs, each costing P3 million, is housed with post-harvest equipment and tools that will enable fisherfolk to preserve the good quality of their fish and fishery products, which they could sell for a higher price. Local consumers will also benefit from the fish landing centers as they will have better access to safe and quality fishery commodities.
The CFLC’s core purpose is to serve as a hub for economic activities, a venue for skills trainings, for information generation, a center for sharing sustainable and disaster-resilient fisheries-based livelihoods and resource management, and for monitoring fish catch stocks assessment.
Actual Dry Run Operation at the Community Fish Landing Center in Brgy. Lisub-B, Anini-y, Antique