DA-BFAR, Capitol gives transport equipment to fisherfolks in Lubao and Sasmuan 

LUBAO, Pampanga- Some 50 fisherfolks from the municipalities of Lubao and Sasmuan receive transport equipment from the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and provincial government in ceremonies held at the Lubao Bamboo Hub on Tuesday, Feb 28.

Vice Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda and Senior Deputy House Speaker 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo represented Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda during the equipment distribution led by DA-BFAR. 

The fishermen received 50 fiberglass-reinforced plastic boats worth P 2.2 M. Each 27-foot boat has a complete set of motor engines and underwater fitting/accessories.

According to Wilfredo Cruz, regional director of DA- BFAR 3, the boats were personally crafted by the fishermen who were trained and given raw materials through the help of the “Bangka mo, Gawa mo” program of the agency. 

Moreover, ten (10) live fish transport known as “bakulingling” were also distributed to the beneficiaries. Each bakulingling comprises a sidecar, oxygen tank, fiberglass fish tank, and coolers provided by DA- BFAR. The provincial government, for their counterpart, purchased motorcycles for the bakulinglings.

“Ang mga ito ay mga initiatives natin. Tayo lang po ang may bakulingling sa buong Pilipinas,” Cruz added.

The said partnership program with DA-BFAR is part of the 10-point agenda of Governor Delta to maintain food security within the province.

“Ang tagal po nating hindi nagkita. So, kami po nila Gov Delta, Ma’am GMA, BM Mye, ampo reng mayor yu, ngayon po kami magdodouble effort dahil marami pa kaming kailangan maitulong sa inyo,” the vice governor stressed.

DA-BFAR said Central Luzon plays a massive role in the fishery and aquaculture industry of the Philippines. The region is the country’s no. 1 producer of tilapia, shrimp, and shellfish.

FISHERFOLKS. Vice Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, 
Senior Deputy House Speaker 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, DA- BFAR 3 Regional Wilfredo Cruz lead distribution of certificate of awards to beneficiaries of fiberglass-reinforced plastic boats and bakulinglings in ceremonies held at the Lubao Bamboo Hub on Tuesday, Feb 28. (Photos by Luisse Rutao/ Pampanga PIO)

Capitol distributes 3,000 seedlings to Sampaguita growers in Lubao 

LUBAO, Pampanga- The Provincial Government of Pampanga led by Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda distributed a total of 3,000 seedlings to some Sampaguita growers in Lubao town on Thursday, Feb 23. 

50 Sampaguita growers from Barangay Sto. Domingo received the said assistance through the help of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Lubao.

On behalf of Governor Delta, 2nd District Board Members Fritzie David-Dizon, Sajid Khan Eusoof, and Lubao Mayor Esmeralda Pineda led the distribution of seedlings to the beneficiaries.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also highlighted during the activity its plans together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the provincial government to preserve the industry of Sampaguita farming in Pampanga citing that it can help improve the quality of flower being produced and commercialize its product to a larger market. 

According to OPA, around 11 hectares of land in several barangays of Lubao still produce sampaguita flowers.

SAMPAGUITA. A total of 50 Sampaguita growers from Barangay Sto. Domingo, Lubao receives seedlings from the Provincial Government of Pampanga. (Photos by Daniel Ombina/ Pampanga PIO)

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