COTABATO CITY- At least 15 Fisheries technical personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform and Cotabato City Government have benefitted from the Capacity Building on Fishpond Lease Agreement (FLA) and Commercial Fishing Vessel Gear License.

Senior Aquaculturist Bambai M. Lumpingan, RFP and Chief of the Fishery Regulatory & Licensing Section, and Aquaculturist II Chester John R. Porras, RFP, led the two-day activity on September 13-14.

The said activity aims to train or capacitate the Fishery Regulatory & Licensing Section personnel/staff on the in-depth details of Fisheries Licensing and Leasing procedures and guidelines to efficiently and effectively implement the said program.

The personnel must be skillful and knowledgeable in the primary methods used during an inspection, particularly on the computation of gross tonnage.

Chief Lumpingan said, “In this ever-evolving world, knowledge is the key to progress. Today, we gather here with a common purpose to expand our horizons, deepen our understanding, and empower ourselves with the skills and expertise required to thrive in the fisheries industry.”

Fishpond Lease Agreement and CFVGLs are the cornerstones of responsible and sustainable fisheries management, and they represent our commitment to preserving our oceans and ensuring that future generations can continue to benefit from the abundance of our seas.

“May this activity inspire, equip, and drive us to do more for the benefit of the future Bangsamoro generations,” she added.

Two Resource Speakers and experts from Fisheries Regulatory and Licensing Division and Fishpond Lease Section, BFAR National Office were invited to discuss some important rules and regulations governing the FLAs and CFVGL in the person of Supervising Fishing Regulations Officer and Chief Capture Fisheries Licensing Section  Severino Escobar, Jr., MBA, and Fishing Regulations Officer II Christopher C. Baculi, MPA discusses Rules and Regulations Governing Commercial Fishing, Distant Water Fishing and Catch Documentation Scheme and Port State Measures, Salient Features of FAO 197-1 or the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Lease of Public Lands for Fishpond and Mangrove Friendly Aquaculture and Requirements for Application of Fishpond Lease Agreement (FLA), Aquasilviculture Stewardship Contract (ASC) and Gratuitous Permit.