The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bicol (BFAR-5) has turned over a newly rehabilitated dam project to the local government unit (LGU) of Sorsogon City which is expected to boost the fish production and protection of aquatic resources.
In an interview on Thursday, Rowena Briones, officer in charge of the BFAR-5 information unit, said the refurbished Abuyog Dam is one of BFAR’s Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL) program sites that focus on sustaining inland fisheries.
“During the ceremonial turnover last May 30, Sorsogon City Mayor Esther Hamor received the certificate of acceptance and turnover from BFAR. The program aims to enhance fish production and improve the livelihoods of local fisherfolk. With the rehabilitation of the dam, the community can engage in controlled freshwater aquaculture activities, creating sustainable opportunities for increased fish yield and economic growth,” she said.
Briones said BFAR, through the BASIL program, funded the rehabilitation worth PHP314,000 that started a year ago.
“The turnover ceremony not only marked the successful rehabilitation of the Abuyog Dam but also symbolized a collective effort to protect and conserve the region’s aquatic resources,” she said.
Briones said that with the dam’s rehabilitation and identification as a BASIL site, “makakatabang na sya na ma-sustain ang production (it will help to sustain the production)” of marine products.
“Also, the City Tourism Office highlighted the potential of the Abuyog Dam in attracting tourists interested in experiencing Sorsogon City’s flourishing aquaculture practices,” she added.
Sorsogon City Mayor Ma. Esther Hamor expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing its significance in bolstering the city’s aquaculture industry. (PNA)