In response to the issue on high prices of seafood in Bohol, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched the Bohol Fish Market and TienDA in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on August 16, 2018. The project, which shall be replicated in other areas, aims to establish provincial “fish hubs” where fish products from other areas will be brought in and sold at lower prices. Aside from fish, other agri products will also be sold at lower prices. The project was facilitated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and other DA bureaus and attached agencies. Over seven tons of fish from the Southern Philippines (SOPHIL) Deep Sea Association, Inc. (BFAR Region 9’s supplier) were sold on the first day of the two-day Bohol Fish Market.
Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) Team Leader for Bohol, Mr. Clarence Noel Ducusin conducted an orientation on ACPC’s existing credit programs on August 17, 2018 as part of the financial literacy training for the province. Participants included of farmer/fisherfolk organizations’ officers and staff from the province of Bohol.
The DA, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), and ACPC, in partnership with the SM Foundation Inc, also launched the Financial Literacy Training which aims to further educate the farmer and fishers on managing their finances.
The launching of the Bohol Fish Market and Financial Literacy Training was spearheaded by the DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr., Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto, DA Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit Evelyn G. Laviña, DA Undersecretary for Agribusiness Jose Gabriel M. La Viña, DA Region VII Exevutive Director Atty. Salvador D. Diputado and ACPC Executive Director Jocelyn Alma R. Badiola.