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LGU Disperses Tilapia Fingerlings To Navaleos

PHILIPPINES - The local government unit (LGU) of Naval in the province of Biliran dispersed recently some 60,000 tilapia fingerlings to residents of the municipality giving priority to the poor and disadvantaged families in the area.

This was learned from Naval Vice-Mayor Redentor Villordon who is a lawyer by profession in a mobile phone interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

He informed that the 60,000 tilapia fingerlings that LGU-Naval has distributed through the municipal agriculturist office completed the second batch of tilapia dispersal they have targeted for the first quarter of 2011.

Dubbed as “Salog Ko, Kinabuhi Ko; Sapa Ko, Kinabuhi Ko”, the program aims to provide source of food for the poor sector of the community in municipality of Naval.

In an earlier interview, Vice-Mayor Villordon said that a team was assigned by LGU-Naval to go around the entire municipality including its barangays to get the actual count of rivers, ponds and bodies of inland water which are ideal for raising tilapia.

Immediately after the identification of the location, tilapia fingerlings were immediately dispersed in these areas.

He added that the fingerlings were given by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to LGU-Naval for free.

He said that Navaleños who do not even belong to the marginalized sector of the community for as long as they have ponds and inland bodies of water in their farms and lots were given the opportunity to raise tilapia fingerlings.

He informed that beneficiaries of the program were briefed on how to maintain the tilapia fingerlings in the inland body of water, in their own ponds or in rivers near their residences until they grow up.

Once matured, the tilapia can only be harvested using hook and line.

“Use of nets, electrocution, poisoning and other illegal means of catching the fish is strictly prohibited”, he added.

“Ponds, inland bodies of water and rivers in Naval are ideal for tilapia dispersal because of the abundance of algae, moss and similar plants in the area”, he said further.

“The last and 3rd batch of tilapia fingerlings that LGU-Naval will receive free from BFAR regional office will be released in April this year for more beneficiaries of the program”, he said. (PIA-Biliran)

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