Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. and his wife Cosette (4th & 5th from left), assisted by the provincial government department heads, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Agri-Trade Fair at the canopy of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol on Monday, April 11, 2016. The activity runs until Friday, April 15 as part of the 115th Semana sang Iloilo celebration.
Agriculture and Fisheries
Iloilo province will turn 115 years old on Monday, April 11, 2016. The occasion marks the establishment of the civil government of Iloilo province in 1901 where Gen. Martin Delgado was appointed as the first provincial governor.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. hailed the farmers for being the backbone of the economy of the province and the country as a whole. Defensor made the statement during the 11th Provincial Farmers Congress held in Cabatuan, Iloilo on Thursday, March 10, 2016, where around 2,500 farmers were in attendance.
Farmers in Iloilo are starting to feel the brunt of the El Niño and claims for crop insurance have started to mount at the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). For the period January 1 to February 9, 2016, the PCIC has already approved indemnity payment for 1,710 claims in the amount of P9.2 million.
ILOILO — The provincial government here increases the budgetary requirements needed in its contingency plan for El Niño by P6-million or from initial P226.90-million to P233.07-million. Based on record, the province is expected spend most of this funds to agriculture wherein a total of P94.7-million is allocated to minimize possible damage in crops (P80.6-million), fisheries (P7-million) and livestock (P7-million).
The two "super hulbot" fishing vessels, F/B Star Princes and F/B Grand Princes, from Bantayan Island, Cebu that were apprehended by the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat operatives at the vicinity of Antonia Island, Carles on Oct. 5, 2015. The 34 crew of the said fishing vessels were charged with illegal fishing cases in court on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.
ILOILO — An official of the state weather bureau urged the public to prepare themselves for a prolonged El Niño which will likely threaten the economy of the country, especially this rice-producing province. “We need typhoons in the Philippines. Dapat magdasal tayo (we must pray) since a mature strong El Niño is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean,” said Engr. Oscar Tabada, officer-in-charge of Pagasa-Visayas.
ILOILO — Three fishermen from Barangay Buenavista in the coastal town of Carles were charged of dynamite fishing by Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force led by PO3 Philip Gañoso.Docketed as criminal case number 3979, the complaint for violation of Paragraph 1 and 4 of Section 88 of Republic Act 8500 otherwise known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 has been filed against them before the 3rd Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Balasan.
F/B Mateo, a commercial fishing boat owned by Chester Chua of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, in the vicinity of Colebra Island, Concepcion was caught engaging in purse seine fishing last Sept. 16, 2015. BANTAY DAGAT PHOTOThere’s no let up in the campaign of the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force against illegal fishing activities.