BFAR-12 CELEBRATES 73RD BFAR ANNIVERSARY
Koronadal City - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 12 (BFAR 12) celebrated the 73rd BFAR Anniversary on July 1 at the BFAR 12 Building, Prime Regional Center, Koronadal City, with the theme, “Improved Service Quality and Strong Partnerships Towards Fish Sufficiency.”
The event was attended by the employees of BFAR 12 headed by OIC-Regional Director Usop D. Pendaliday, Jr and was graced by the presence of DA 12 Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen as the guest of honor. The event also served as the launching of the Urban Aquaculture Program of BFAR.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) was created under the Department of Agriculture (DA), through Republic Act No.177, “An Act Creating the Bureau of Fisheries,” on July 1, 1947. The Bureau was tasked to undertake activities connected with fishery work in the country. Since then, the Bureau through its regional offices continues to implement its mandate of developing, managing and conserving the fisheries and aquatic resources in the country.
In his opening remarks, Director Pendaliday remarked that during this COVID 19 pandemic, BFAR will ensure that the flow of fishery products will not be hampered so that food reaches the citizens. In his message, RED Mangelen stated that DA will always support BFAR because the DA is mandated to provide support to farmers and fisherfolk in order to enable them to escape poverty and become prosperous as envisioned by DA Secretary William Dar.
After the opening program, RD Pendaliday and RED Mangelen proceeded to launch the Urban Aquaculture Program of BFAR for Region 12 which featured the urban aquaponics system. This program aims to introduce a cost-efficient urban aquaculture technology on a solar-powered aquaponics system which serves a dual function of raising fish at the same time growing vegetables in a single compact system. This would enable urban communities to take control of their food security especially in times of crisis like this pandemic wherein the communities are experiencing limited movement due to measures meant to curb the COVID transmission.