DA distributes agriculture interventions in Palawan town
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has distributed agriculture interventions in Calawit Island and Busuanga, Palawan upon the request of the tribal groups in the town.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that along with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona and other officials, he recently flew to Calawit Island to deliver what the Tagbanua and Cuyonen tribal groups asked from the government.
For the whole town of Busuanga, which covers the Island of Calawit, a total of 24 fiberglass fishing boats powered by 18-HP diesel marine engines, 61 Payaos, fishing nets, fishing gears and seaweed planting materials worth P6.7 million was delivered.
The tribal people of Calawit Island received 5 FB Pagbabago fiberglass fishing boats and one more unit for the Calawit High School for their fisheries research.
“Before I left, I made another promise – to establish a cold storage facility in Busuanga town proper because they catch a lot of Galunggong which is sold in the market for only P80 to P100 a kilo,” Piñol said.
“I also promised to turn over to the fishermen of Busuanga a Vietnamese junk, FB Tambakol, which was seized by government for fishing in Philippines waters a few years ago,” he added.
Piñol said the boat will be used to bring the fishermen’s catch to Metro Manila where they could get a better price and where consumers will enjoy sufficient supply of locally caught Galunggong at a lower price.