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DA-BFAR Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona, PCG (Ret.) graced the recently conducted Turn-over and Sending Off of 10 Units 30 footer Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Boats by BFAR IX headed by Regional Director Isidro M. Velayo, Jr., MDM on August 28, 2018 at BFAR IX Compound, Zamboanga City with the presence of Director General Alex Paul I. Monteagudo of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) based in Isabela City, Basilan who is the recipient of the said FRP boats wherein identified beneficiaries were a group of rebel returnees headed by MNLF Commander Habib Sakib Habib Husin of Barangay Candiis, Moh. Ajul Municipality, Basilan. The FRP boats costed Php150,000.00 each with complete accessories.

Aside from turn-over of FRP boats, the distribution of livelihood inputs composed of 27 sets of Seaweed Farm Implements; 4,050 pieces floaters; 43 units fish pots; 140 units crab pots; 35 sets squid jiggers; 83 sets hook and line; four (4 ) sets gill nets; 16 sets tuna handline; 16 sets squid jigger; and 16 sets drift gill nets were also awarded to the Ayuda Badjao Community of Sinunuc, Ayala District, Manicahan District and Vitali District respectively.

After which, the inauguration and blessing of the BFAR IX Extension and Zamboanga City Fishery Office Buildings followed.

Other personalities who also graced the said events were Deputy Director General Virgilo A. Hernandez, NICA, Acting Regional Director Raul C. Abrico, NICA,Zamboanga City Councilor Hon. Atty. Jihan El R. Edding representing Zamboanga City Mayor Hon. Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar, Mr. Arnulfo Estrada, Agricultural and Production Coordinator for Zamboanga City representing DA RFU IX Regional Director Constancio G. Alama, OIC-City Agriculturist Carmencita C. Sanchez of OCA-ZC, Lt. Col. Rolando P. Gomez, Commander 11th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Zamboanga, Maj. Alladin Caluza, EXO, Marine Battalion, Landing Team II, 2LT Franklin R. Balbutin, PA, Executive Officer, Charlie Company, II IB, 3ID, TFC, Lt. Commander Noriel P. Ramos, PCG, Station Zamboanga, Mr. Roberto Valerio, Executive Director, IGZI, Mr. Edgar Lim, General Manager, PERMEX/President, Philippine National Sardines Industry Foundation and Mr. Roger D. Castro, CY 2018 FRD.