Davao Oriental Establishes P.5-M Tilapia Hatchery Project

Subscribe Now October 27, 2010 at 01:38pm

The governor of Davao Oriental recently led the launching of the first-ever publicprivate partnership program in a coastal village here, a more than half a million-peso worth tilapia hatchery project that will showcase the beneficial business partnership between the local government and the cashstrapped small-scale farmers. Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon Malanyaon, who is determined on achieving her goal of changing and empowering the lives of her poor constituents, is pointing to public-private partnership program as the best strategy to combat massive hunger that is prevalent especially in the far-flung villages of the province.

Tilapia is a low-fat fish that has become one of the most important aquaculture fish in the world grown in large farms and produced for mass consumption.

A small fish that originally comes from Africa, tilapia is a white fish with a slight pinkish color that is excellent for grilling and broiling.

The P575,000 worth of tilapia hatchery and nursery center is the first of its kind here located in the coastal village of Tibanban, this town.

A brainchild of Malanyaon, the tilapia hatchery project here is getting the full support of the provincial and municipal governments and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The provincial government shouldered 40 percent of the total cost of the project in the amount of P225,000, while BFAR and the municipal government here extended P175,000 and P50,000, respectively, to the project.

Small-scale farmer Rudy Rubio, who owned the two-hectare property where the tilapia hatchery and nursery center was established, only shelled out P125,000 as his equity of the first ever public-private partnership program here.

President Aquino has earlier issued Executive Order No. 8 that created the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines that aims to accelerate the financing, construction and operation of key government infrastructure projects.

The center is expected to extend assistance to all local government units (LGUs) and other government instrumentalities in the implementation of projects, provide advisory services in project preparation and development, recommend policies with regard to program implementation, monitor all projects and programs, and manage and administer the revolving fund to be called the Project Development and Monitoring Facility.

Source: mb.com.ph

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