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Maitum Fish Port boosts local economy

MAITUM, Sarangani (February 1, 2019) – The newly-established Maitum Municipal Fish Port in Sitio Cawa, Barangay Mabay has led to increased fish landing here since 2018 and has alleviated the plight of marginal fishermen.

The mini port is the central station for docking, loading and unloading of commercial and municipal vessels in the municipality.

“Pasalamat kaayo ko sa gobyerno kay gibutangan fish port diri sa Cawa,” said Arnyboy Timosa. “Ang mga mananagat nga gagmay, di na maglisud.”

Timosa, 44, has been fishing for 15 years and always delivered his catch in General Santos City, the nearest fish port then. Now, Timosa is thankful for the new Maitum Fish Port because he no longer has to sail farther to bring his fish to the Gensan fish port some 62 nautical miles away.

With the full support of Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit, Vice Mayor Tito Balazon and LGU Maitum officials, the Maitum Municipal Fish Port finally opened last September 1. It was built with funding of P20 million from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Nine beneficiaries received fishing boats from BFAR during the opening of the port. BFAR also gave 150 pieces of crab pat and 1 set of payao including 4 bundles and 48 tie rings.

The three-year construction of the port provided the fishermen and job-seekers of Maitum job opportunities.

“Actually nag increase yung economic enterprise namin dito. From September to December (2018), nagkaroon kami ng collection ng more or less 800,000 pesos,” said Nannette Nacional, Fishport Supervisor and OIC-Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO).

In a day, fishermen usually harvest of up to 300 kilos of fish that is worth P3,000 to P5,000.

Fishermen from far places such as Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat have come so far to have better sales.

In terms of security, the port has watchers and guards. Collectors, fishermen, fish dealers, utility workers, ticket checkers, and other port workers have their issued ID’s for their passes.

Fishing is one of the main sources of livelihood and one of the backbones of the local economy of Maitum. According to Nacional, the port is the biggest project of MENRO so far.

Fish species usually caught were yellowfin tuna, tuna-like species, selar crumenophthalmus (tulay), decapterus macarelus (borot), flying fish, salmon, and more.

Post-harvest is delivered to Davao, Tagum, General Santos City, and North Cotabato.

“Nagpapasalamat din kami sa ating mahal na Gobernador Steve Chiongbian Solon na always na sumusuporta dito sa munisipalidad ng Maitum. Alam ko na ang heart ni Governor ay nandito talaga sa amin palagi,” Nacional said. (Donna Mahusay /SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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