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apr2With the advent of information age, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) find a way on providing assistance to the LGUs in dealing with their fishery resources as it developed an internet-based Municipal Fisherfolk Registration System (MFRS) last year.

Last week, a hands-on training of Region 7’s third batch of LGUs was held in Dauis, Bohol to familiarize the web-based system.  The training was intended for Barili to Dalaguete, southern towns of Cebu.  Of the 15 towns, 10 attended and were Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alegria, Ginatilan, and Samboan.  The municipalities of Oslob, Boljoon, Alcoy, and Dalaguete were also present during the training.  Bogo City, who failed to join the first batch, took part in the recent training.

Each LGU was represented with their fishery technician accompanied with their IT staff to insure that every function or module of the system is well-understood by each LGU.

Being a registered fisherfolk, whose definition includes not only those whom are directly involved in fishing but to those who are indirectly involved such as fish vending and even those who are engaged in gleaning or “panginhas” in local term, is advantageous to them.  The registry will be the basis for LGUs and national government in various initiatives and project developments designed to benefit fisherfolks.  This will also be the basis on possible assistance from LGUs or national government in times of calamities that affect fisherfolks.

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