The Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned over P4 million for fish landing area projects to the local governments of Olutanga and Alicia towns, both in Zamboanga Sibugay province.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the amount will be used to construct an area to help lessen the burden of fishermen of bringing with them heavy fishing paraphernalia while transporting their catch to the market.
Olutanga is an island municipality noted for its rich marine resources like fish, lobster, oyster and other rare sea species. The municipal fish-landing project is expected to serve some 1,056 fishermen in the area.
Alicia is known for its abundant and world-class high value marine products such as lapu-lapu, milkfish, salmon, lobster, tanigue, mantis and crabs.
“The income of fishermen will surely appreciate because the project will reduce their transport expense in selling their catch as the buyers will now go to the landing areas to buy their products” Alcala said.
Besides the fish landing areas, the two municipalities were also beneficiaries of cassava graters with pressers.
Three units costing P180,000 were given to Alicia while four units costing P240,000 were handed to Olutanga.