DAWANA ON LEAVE
EDUARDO Maramba will be heading the Fishpond Owners Operators & Fisherfolks’ Association of Dagupan City, Inc. (FOOFADCI) when its president, Alfredo Dawana, leaves the country for a six-month vacation in the United States of America on July 1.
The association’s executive secretary and spokesperson, Ramon Santillan, said FOOF ADCI “will be left in very good and capable hands” during the period under Maramba, the group’s unanimous choice for the temporary post.
Santillan said members and other officials of the association expressed confidence that its projects and initiatives would be carried out with the same intensity and dedication even in Dawana’s absence.
“Maramba is in the same mold as Dawana, a high-caliber leader who is hardworking, honest and sincere,” Santillan added.
He said that with Maramba at the helm, FOOFADCI will continue to pursue the following aims and purposes:
1. To enhance and maintain Dagupan City’s reputation as the “Bangus Capital of the World” by continuously promoting and upgrading the quality of its famous and tastiest milkfish raised and cultured in fishponds;
2. To promote and develop strong camaraderie among fishpond owners, operators, fisherfolks and all stakeholders of the fisheries and aquaculture industry as one and united in every endeavor that promotes progress and ensures sustainability of the industry;
3. To provide a venue and forum for the collective resolution of basic issues and concerns that affect fishpond operations that could result in lower income by:
a) Helping regulate and rationalize the entry of inferior “alien” bangus raised and cultured in other towns and provinces to the city market;
b) Putting up and operating its own “independent and exclusive” consignacion to help the public easily distinguish the real Dagupan milkfish, in the process stabilizing its value and market price;
c) Recommending measures that would help the city in its resolve to protect the river systems and their tributaries, fight pollution, monitor and safeguard the quality of the water for a sustainable industry growth;
d) Finding ways and means to rationalize the prices of aquafeeds to help fishpond owners and operators increase margins of profit by considering the possibility of manufacturing and distributing its own aqua feeds;
e) Introducing measures and alternatives to dissuade the fishpond owners from converting their fishponds into other allied commercial options and purposes;
4. To propose the introduction of amendments to the City’s Fishery Ordinance 1768 that regulates and rationalizes fish cage operations in the rivers in order to maintain good quality of water that enters fishpond thereby ensuring productive and sustainable aquaculture industry in our city;
5.To establish a Multi-Purpose Cooperative composed of FOOFADCI officers and members that would help put up livelihood projects, create jobs and business opportunities and extend financial assistance to its members-borrowers;
6.To provide links and forge strategic partnership with the city government in boosting the fishpond operations by continuously upgrading operators’ technical know-how, competencies, new culture methods and the consideration of other high-value species.