FISHING BOATS. Wilfredo Cruz (in black shirt), regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon, inspects on Wednesday (Nov. 24, 2021) the small commercial boats that will be given as aid to fishers going out to the West Philippine Sea in Zambales. To be awarded are 10 38-footer fiberglass reinforced plastic boats with complete accessories. (Photo courtesy of BFAR-Region 3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to distribute small commercial boats to fishermen going out to the West Philippine Sea.

BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz on Wednesday said to be awarded are 10 38-footer fiberglass reinforced plastic boats with complete accessories, which can be used in fishing more than 15 kilometers off the shoreline.

He said six to eight fishermen will benefit from each of the small commercial boats.

“It is DA-BFAR’s aim to improve the livelihood and increase the income of the beneficiaries by providing them with durable and hard-wearing boats as well as promoting sustainable and responsible fishing not just for the present but more so for the future generation,” Cruz said in social media post.

He said BFAR is studying the possibility of providing the same kind of fishing boat to fishermen in Aurora province. (PNA)