319 FISHING STRUCTURES AUTHORIZED – Punong Barangay Nestor Victorio of Pugaro (2nd from left) and One-Stop Business Center Officer Randolf Ubando (center) install a business plate into a fishing structure on May 22. Fifty structures were installed with business plates that day, bringing the number of authorized fishing structures owned by fisherfolk from Barangays Pugaro, Salapingao and Lucao to 319. Upon signing an Aqua Lease Agreement and paying the corresponding processing fees, fisherfolk will be issued their business permits and plates legalizing their ownership of fishing structures. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – Fifty more fishing structures in Dagupan have  been issued with their respective business plates on May 22.

The business plates were personally installed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Punong Barangay Nestor Victorio of Pugaro, and members of the City Agriculture Office headed by City Agriculturist Emma Molina and One-Stop Business Center headed by  Randolf Ubando.

This brought the number of authorized fishing  structures owned by fisherfolk from Barangays Pugaro, Salapingao and Lucao to 319.

Molina disclosed that the local government is looking forward to issue at least 800 Aqua Lease Agreement (ALA) permits for all fisherfolk in the city.

“We started in Salapingao, Pugaro and Lucao. On-deck are barangays Calmay and Carael. And  then, we will proceed with the other barangays.” said Molina.

In legalizing the ownership of fishing structures such as fish cages, skylab, surewin or skyblue and batikwas, fisherfolks will have to sign an ALA with the city government and pay the corresponding processing fee for the issuance of their business permits.

The ALA sets the terms and conditions for the operation of the fishing structures including the strict implementation of the 7 x 10 meter size of fish cages as provided for in the amended fishery ordinance of the city.

Thus, those who complete their requirements will be permitted to operate within the river.

With the local government’s efforts in rehabilitating rivers now  yielding positive result, Mayor Fernandez vowed to extend her continued support for the marginal fisherfolks of the city.

“Yung mga ating sumisigay, kailangan nila yung kanilang pamumuhay. Tuloy-tuloy   lang ang ginagawa natin. Ang hangarin lang ng gobyerno ay matulungan sila,” said Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)