After 69 years, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has acquired its own building on a 10,751 square meter lot inside the Bureau of Plant Industry compound in Barangay Vasra on Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. BFAR had its official topping out last Monday, in which the last beam is placed on top of the structure. BFAR Director Asis Perez said the construction of the main and annex buildings began in June last year, with another six to eight months for their completion. The 5-storey building will cost P600 million, which will also house the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority. Dormitories, general services unit and other offices will occupy the annex buildings. Perez is optimistic the new building will herald his ultimate dream for BFAR, that of the agency to be an independent department. Presently, BFAR is under the Department of Agriculture.