NTC for National Gawad Saka Search 2017 validates three regional winners From

CALABARZON

National Technical Committee (NTC) for Gawad Saka 2017 visited three Regional Awardees in
CALABARZON, namely Outstanding Fisherfolk (Capture Fisheries) Nilo P. Barrameda of
Calauag, Quezon; Outstanding Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC)
of Calatagan, Batangas and Outstanding Small Farmer/Fisherfolk Organization BARIGON Multi-
Purpose of Agoncillo, Batangas, on July 20-21, 29-22, and 27-28, 2017, respectively. The said
nominees are gauge whether they could qualify as national winners under their respective
categories.
The NTC for Outstanding Fisherfolk (Capture Fisheries) headed by Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources (BFAR) interviewed Agricultural Technician Isabel Luna and the Municipal
Agriculture Officer (MAO) Luz Rosas about Nilo Barrameda. The committee then proceeded to
Mayor Luisito Visorde’s office for courtesy call and inquired to him as well about Barrameda’s
performance as fisherman and bantay-dagat and it turns out coherent to what the MAO and
Technician had told them according to the committee. Barrameda is also the president of the
association both on their barangay and municipal.
The same NTC also visited the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council
(MFARMC) of Calatagan, Batangas for validation. This time, the NTC committee is composed of
officials from BFAR, Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), League of Municipalities
of the Philippines (LMP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Iloilo
State College of Fisheries (ISCOF). The committee roamed around the mangrove areas of
Calatagan Bay and visited the seaweed plantations too. The visitation was aided by the Agricultural
Technician Christian Gomez and MAO Mylene Custodio and on the afternoon, they proceeded to
the Municipal Hall for inquisitions to the members of the MFARMC and courtesy call to Mayor
Peter Oliver Palacio.
On the other hand, NTC for Outstanding Small Farmer/Fisherfolk Organization category visited
BARIGON Multipurpose. The committee is headed by Philippine Fiber Industry Development
Authority (PhilFIDA) Director Petronilo Jabay together with Director Norman Clark, and other
officials from BFAR. After their courtesy call to Mayor Danilo Reyes on his office, the committee
proceeded to the office of BARIGON Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the nominee for this category.
The cooperative’s service to their members and community emanated on the deliberation with the
NTC. BARIGON was able to provide medical services like blood pressure monitoring, free
circumcision, and medical check-ups free for all in their community. They also conducted On-
The-Job trainings for 30 days during summer for the members' children, scholarship assistance for
the out-of-school youth, and environmental advocacies like barangay cleaning and Brigada
Eskwela.

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