May 7, 2014 at 1:28pm
Cotabato City – A seaweed grower and trader from the island of Tongsibalu in Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi, Al-Hasil Nahul, will serve as ‘Mangingisdang Direktor’ or Fisherfolk Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the whole month of May as the bureau celebrates this year’s Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month.
Janice Musali, BFAR-ARMM director, said they are hoping to give Nahul a good insight of the workings of BFAR as he performs the functions of being the agency’s director for a month, although on a limited one.
Meanwhile, Musali will go to Nahul’s province to stay in a fishing village in the coastal town of Languyan for an immersion program.
The seeming role reversal known as BFAR’s Fisherfolk Directors Program is one the highlights of the yearly celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month.
“It aims to strengthen the partnership between fisherfolk and the government as embodied in the Department of Agriculture Special Order No. 88 and BFAR Officer Order No. 080,” Musali said.
With this year’s theme “Mangingisdang Direktor tungo sa Mas Matatag na Balikatan”, BFAR-ARMM will work with Fisherfolk Director Nahul to bring the advocacy on the sustainable use of aquatic resources and promote the Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) program to wider audience.
Nahul is set to do radio guesting, market and fish landing tour, and take part in the national congress of fisherfolk directors.
Nahul said he is elated to have been chosen as this year’s ‘Mangingisdang Direktor’.
“Di ko inaasahan na ako na laging babad sa init, nakababad sa alon, andito ngayon sa opisinang naka-aircon,” a candid Nahul said.
He said he will do his best to be helpful to both the BFAR and his fellow fisherman.
“I hope I can inspire everyone to work even more and encourage further cooperation between fisherfolk and the government,” he said. (Bureau of Public Information)