DAR, BFAR boost women’s trade in Batangas

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news national 1 pix 1 sept. 15 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently turned over a vacuum packaging machine to the women of Bilibinwang Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Bilibinwang agrarian reform community in Agoncillio, Batangas.

The packaging machine which will be used in dried fish processing of tilanggit – another term for dried tilapia, is part of the livelihood project of BFAR in the coastal areas dubbed as Tulong Kabuhayan para sa Kababaihang Mangingisda (TKKM). news national 1 pix 2 sept. 15 2016TKKM Leader Celsa Maquiling said BFAR supports the DAR’s program in poverty alleviation especially in areas with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). “BFAR’s activity is regularly being conducted to increase the income of the farmer-beneficiaries by providing machineries to help them produce more products.”

Maquiling also said that their effort to help DAR-assisted organizations are guided by the vision that a modernized fisheries sector should be technologically-advanced and globally competitive. Its transformation is guided by sound management practices of resource sustainability, the principle of sound social justice and strong private sector participation.

news national 1 pix 3 sept. 15 2016As part of the DAR’s thrust and programs in strengthening inter-agency complementation, BFAR is one of the partner agency that plays a major role in promoting the economic well-being of the ARBs.

DAR Development Facilitator Cris Cabiscuelas of Bilibinwang MPC said the vacuum packaging machine is a great help to the cooperative in processing more tilanggit.

“We would like to thank the DAR and BFAR for their effort to improve the cooperative, especially the women’s livelihood. This machine will surely boost their income,” Cabiscuelas said. (JC Maralit)