LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Governor Amado I. Espino, III distributed anew about 270,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings and 5,000 pieces of assorted fruit and forest tree seedlings to irrigators and farmers associations, organizations and schools in the province.
“We are doing these to sustain our province’s status as one of the cleanest and richest in terms of wealth in our bodies of water and landscapes,” Governor Espino emphasized during the distribution program held at barangay Cayanga, Bugallon on September 7.
A continuing program of the provincial leadership, Governor Espino said the tilapia fingerlings dispersal and tree seedlings distribution support the food production program of the provincial government.
Urging Pangasinenses to take care of the environment, the provincial chief executive likewise asked the locals in Cayanga village to help preserve and protect the 20-hectare mountain which was earlier adopted by the provincial government as a reforestation area.
Governor Amado I. Espino, III (upper photo), assisted by Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) OIC Dalisay Moya (2nd from left), Mayor Jumel I. Espino (3rd from left), and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro (standing) on board a PDRRMC rescue boat, releases tilapia fingerlings to the Dumoloc River in Bugallon on September 7. Earlier, Governor Espino (lower photo), Mayor Espino, Col. Oro and one of the group recipients flash the Pangasinan number 1 sign during the distribution of 270,000 tilapia fingerlings and 5,000 pieces of assorted fruit and forest tree seedlings at the Barangay Cayanga covered court in Bugallon. /KMJR (Photos by Jun Moran)
Meanwhile, Governor Espino and Bugallon Mayor Jumel Anthony Espino were assisted by Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) OIC Dalisay Moya, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro and Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, in seeding tilapia fingerlings in Dumuloc River right after the distribution program and briefing.
Since 2007 during the watch of former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado I. Espino, III, the OPAg produced 11 million pieces of tilapia fingerlings and dispersed about 17.5 million fingerlings (9 million sourced out from BFAR – Munoz, Nueva Ecija) to about 780 communal bodies of water in Pangasinan.
Moya said the total number of tilapia fingerlings seeded in communal bodies of water in the province had relatively contributed to the increase of about 875 metric tons of tilapia valued at around Php43.7 million.
“For fruit and forest tree seedlings, about 1.2 million were produced and planted in open spaces (public and private land) in the province,” Moya added.
Moya bared the project specifically aimed at increasing tilapia population in communal waters to eventually serve as breeders, and for fish capture of sustenance fishermen in localities; and to increase the production of trees to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Recipient groups of the tilapia fingerlings all from Bugallon were: Cayanga Irrigators Association, Portic Umanday Bolaoen Irrigators Association, and Laguit Padilla MPCI.
Meanwhile, recipient groups of forest and fruit tree seedlings from Bugallon, Mangatarem, Aguilar and Lingayen were: Cayanga Irrigators Association, Portic Umanday Bolaoen Irrigators Association, Laguit Padilla MPCI, Hacienda Grotto Farmers Association, Bolaoen P4MP, Sanctuario de San Francisco, Society of Aguilar Environmentalists of Pangasinan, Estanza Elementary School and Ponglo Elementary School. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca