Multi-million agri-fishery complex to boost Sarangani’s fishing industry


Multi-million agri-fishery complex to boost Sarangani’s fishing industry

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 20, 2022) – A multi-million Agri-Fishery Complex or provincial fish port to be built in Sarangani is seen to boost inclusive growth of the province’s fishing sector.

This is what Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao reported recently in his first 100 days report.

He said initial steps for its establishment have been made.

“Our collective dream of having our own fish port facility seeks to promote the agri-fisheries industry of the six coastal municipalities of our province and to create more livelihood opportunities and employment,” Pacquiao said.

In Sarangani, there are 20,899 registered fisherfolks and another 30,000-plus marginalized fisherfolks recorded.

The project is lodged under the Provincial Agriculturist Office and is projected to cost around P300-million to be financed through Landbank of the Philippines.

Provincial Agriculturist Jonathan Duhaylungsod said this will be a “major marketing support facility for strategic fisheries and aquaculture commodities that will cater small and medium-scale fisherfolks engaged in municipal or commercial fishing industry that are operating locally.”

Though, he added, it may also accommodate large-scale commercial fishing vessels “when necessary.”

The complex will include basic facilities such as wharf, breakwater, sea wall, dredging, landfill, guidelights, and functional facilities such as fish market, ice making facilities, freezers, cold storage, administrative building, powerhouse, utilities, and wastewater treatment facilities with solid waste recovery facility.

Multi-million agri-fishery complex to boost Sarangani’s fishing industry

Duhaylungsod had seen the complex to generate major impact on poverty reduction “as it will help increase the income of fisherfolks by reducing post-harvest losses and expanding their consumer markets.”

He said, the site would soon be finalized after the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority conducts the ocular inspection. Currently, Duhaylungsod said, they are looking into possibilities of putting up the complex in an 80,000-sq. meter area at Kawas in Alabel or in Malapatan.

The complex is also expected to reinforce the province’s role as the food basket in Region 12 "more importantly on agri-fishery competitiveness.”

Competitiveness coordinator Milbie Guiang-Daguro said they already conducted the assessment for the port development in Alabel.

The area is potential for eco-tourism development projects and is included in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan classified as agri-industrial area, Daguro said.

Also, the construction of the port in Kawas is already included in the Comprehensive Development Plan CY 2019-2024 of Alabel. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)