Over 200 fishpond operators, seaweed farmers, fish vendors, traders and exporters from all over the city gathered for the 11th City Fisherfolk Congress, organized by the City Agriculturist Office Tuesday, October 17.
Mayor John Dalipe, who graced the event, highlighted the significant contribution of fisherfolks to nation building . “Your tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to your craft are noticed. You are not just key players for our local economy, but also significant contributors to nation building in the pursuit of food sustainability.”
Dalipe likewise thanked the event organizers stressing that their commitment to the well-being of the fishery sector and the sustainable use of marine resource is a testament to their dedication to the city and the shared vision of a brighter and more prosperous Zamboanga.
Joining Dalipe were Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja, Majority Leader Congressman Mannix Dalipe represented by Jojo Dalipe, District 1 Congressman Khymer Adan Olaso represented by Kaiser Olaso, Councilor Al-jihan Edding, Acting City Agriculturist Arben Magdugo, Asst. City Agriculturist Erwin Kulayan, City FARMC Chairperson Lilia Nuño and FRSD Chief Dr. Godofredo Oliveria.
Themed “Fisherfolk Resiliency: The key to marine resources recovery and security,” the event is an annual gathering aimed to bring together fisherfolk from across the city to discuss innovative ideas and strategies for rebalancing, rebuilding, and revitalizing fisheries resources.
The congress likewise served as a platform for fisherfolk to gather, engage in meaningful conversations, and share their experiences in dealing with the challenges faced by the industry.
The participants composed of fish pond operators, seaweed farmers, fishers, fishery business establishment operators, fish vendors, traders, processors, and exporters from the 6 agricultural districts – Vitali, Curuan, Manicahan, Culianan, Tumaga and Ayala. (Bernadeth Lazaro/ CMO-PIO)