14 November 2013
ARMM approves P11.4M marine development project in Tawi-Tawi
Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has approved Tuesday a P11.4 million worth of marine development project in the town of South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi that is meant to improve the livelihood of local fisherfolks and protect vital marine ecosystem in the area.
The project that includes the establishment of a 90-hectare fish sanctuary, mangrove reforestation, provision of 150 units of non-motorized banca, and fishing paraphernalia will be implemented by ARMM’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
“We want to improve the livelihood of our fisherfolks and, at the same time, secure the viability of marine ecosystems within the region,” Janice Musali, BFAR-ARMM director, said.
Musali said funds for the project will be released in tranches.
“Fifty percent of the total project cost will be released on the first tranche to cover mobilization and procurement charges,” she said.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the project is in keeping with Muslim Mindanao Act No. 86 or the ARMM Aquatic and Fisheries Code of 1996 and the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme being implemented by the regional government, which ensures that development needs of poor and remote areas like South Ubian are better addressed.
BFAR-ARMM is in constant drive to boost the protection and development strategies for the region’s fishery. Last month, BFAR launched the Fisherfolks Registration or the FishR program to gather important baseline data that can help ensure protection and welfare of at least 50,000 individuals engage in the fishing industry in ARMM. (Bureau of Public Information)