At 39.2 percent, the country’s fishery sector exhibited the highest poverty incidence in 2012, based on the National Statistics Coordinating Board 2014 update on poverty.
To address this, Senator Cynthia A. Villar called on the government and the private sector to throw their full support to the Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLC), a joint program of the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources which aims to boost and augment the income of fishermen and eventually, improve their standard of living.
“It would help fishing communities and families,” said Villar, chairperson of the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee.
Villar said the initial 252 sites of the CFLC were chosen based on the Registry System on Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) of the Department of Budget and Management.
RSBSA contains information on farmers, farm laborers and fishermen or the target beneficiaries of agriculture-related programs and services.
When completed, CFLC will improve the access of buyers or consumers to safe and quality fish and fishery products. It will literally be a one-stop fish trade hub within a community.
Over time, she noted that local government units will turn over the CFLC to fisherfolk communities or cooperatives.