DA and USAID join forces to boost fishing industry in PH
MANILA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) officially teamed up on Thursday to improve the performance of the Philippine fishing industry.
Under the new partnership, formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding, USAID and DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will work together to support the conservation and rehabilitation of habitats for fisheries resources; institute reforms to combat overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; and encourage conservation through private sector engagement.
“Our two countries share a lasting partnership in the fields of sustainable fishing and the conservation of marine biodiversity. I’m proud to say that our relationship grows stronger over time as we learn from each other and find more ways to collaborate around our common goals, ”said Heather Variava, Acting Chargé d’affaires a. United States Embassy during the signing.
The MoU will strengthen collaboration on fisheries management areas in the Philippines and further align USAID programming with government priorities for fisheries management and conservation, including the “One DA” approach. of the department for the direct benefit of resource-poor farmers and fishermen.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila said the MoU will be implemented as part of the five-year development goals grant agreement for strengthening ecosystems and community resilience, which was signed between USAID and the National Economic and Development Authority on February 3, 2021.
Over the past six decades, USAID has worked with the Philippine government, the private sector, and local organizations, investing more than PHP 259 billion in the achievement of shared development goals since 1961. (ANP)