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Philippines govt. gives incentives to boost sustainable fishery programme of local government units by Perla Lena January 14,2022   |  Source: GOV.PH

The Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas is banking on the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program to boost the efforts of local government units on sustainable fishery.

MMK is the banner program of BFAR that gives recognition and incentives to outstanding coastal communities for their efforts on sustainable resources and fisheries management since 2016.

This first quarter of 2022, BFAR is expected to transfer funds to three coastal LGUs in the region chosen as regional winners in 2021 since they decided to forego the ceremonial awarding amid the health pandemic, said BFAR Regional Director Remia Aparri in an interview on Thursday.

They included the municipality of Caluya in Antique, which will receive PHP2 million worth of project as the first placer, and municipalities of San Joaquin and Concepcion in Iloilo that will be receiving PHP1 million and PHP500,000 worth of projects for landing in second and third places, respectively.

The winners were judged based on their implementation of the zero-waste, closed season for species that are important in their municipality, marine protected area (MPA), campaign against illegal fishing, and effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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