PFDA-BFAR-DA conducts Engineering Survey in Catbalogan City

The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is mandated to lead the preparation of a Master Plan for the Establishment of Fishery Post-Harvest Facilities and Infrastructures which is consistent with the provision of the Philippine Fishery Code, Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act, and the Local Government Code.

PFDA has already conducted a Feasibility Study (FS) on the proposed rehabilitation and improvement of the Catbalogan City Fish Port in 2000. Based on the said Study, the volume of fish production in Catbalogan City, estimated at 11.2 MT daily is considered significant. Hence, said project is recommended for funding by the Department of Agriculture. However, because of budgetary constraint of the DA during that time, it was not implemented. But, the PFDA is said to propose the project for funding under the BFAR Municipal Fish Port Project for year 2013.

It is on this note that PDAF has visited Catbalogan City last July 30 to update the Feasibility Study of the project and prepare engineering design and estimates. Among the activities they conducted were the conduct of hydrographic and topographic surveys, interviews with the fishermen and fish traders as well as the owner/operators of Ice Plant/Ice Dealers, actual observation of fish unloading/trading activities and secondary data gathering from the City Government of Catbalogan and other concerned government and non-government units in the city.

The team that visited were composed of the following technical staff: Engr. Jose Ephraem Fernandez, Engr Alfredo Lim, Engr. Arnold Vicente Lorenzana, Jr., Engr. Darby M. Macabata, and Mr. Allan A. Abes.

The team was further assisted by OIC City Engineer and City General Services Officer Engr. Rico Macabare, City Planning & Development Coordinator Engr. Arnaldo Aroza, City Agriculturist Ms. Ruth Dasal and City Councilor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy as well as City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who well received them during their courtesy call.

(Article by Mr. Ador Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor; Photos by Mr. Michael Balan)


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