Around 1,000 registered farmers and fisherfolks from seven coastal barangays in Subic town, Zambales joined the “Araw ng Mangingisda at Magsasaka” held at New Fishport.
Some 50 small fishing boats and commercial fishing vessels carrying patron saints and images participated in the fluvial parade.
According to Miguela Lolita Buan, Municipal Agriculturist, the local government unit (LGU) of Subic have undertaken various activities in recognition of the important roles and contributions of farmers and fisherfolks in the development of the country.
Furthermore, Buan said fisherfolk leaders held information and education campaign on “Malinis, Masaganang Karagatan” highlighting partnership of the LGU, fisherfolk and community stakeholders in adopting projects that will help in the protection and preservation of the environment and rehabilitation of mangrove and river sites.
“Mayor Jefferson Khonghun has fully supported the celebration of the fisherfolks and farmers day, leading the different government agencies here to make this day possible,” Buan said.
Buan added that since majority of the residents of Subic are still engage in either farming or fishing as their primary source of livelihood, the LGU of Subic and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 3, are continuously providing programs to assist fisherfolks living in the coastal barangays of Subic, and seed and farming implements distribution for farmers to increase their sources of income.