Fisherfolks from the municipalities of Sto. Domingo and Santa, Ilocos Sur received ten (10) units of motorized bangka through the initiative of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur. These fishing equipment were given as assistance under the program called “Ayuda” of the National Government to develop the fishery industry among provinces. The bangka are made of fiberglass making them more durable and convenient to use for the fishermen. The distributed boats were not fully furnished. The BFAR will provide skills training among fishermen for the finishing touches and proper maintenance of the equipment. In return, the Bureau will provide cash for work for the labor of the fishermen. Governor Ryan Singson wants to pamper the fisher folks to eliminate illegal fishing in the province to preserve marine animals and in order to create a sea food hub in the province through giving assistance and projects. In return, the Governor wants to develop discipline among fishermen that would lead to a progressive livelihood and tourism in the province. “We need the cooperation of every fisherman because we want to create a seafood hub in our province to make our eighteen coastal barangays more productive”, Gov. Ryan concluded. In line with this, the Governor invited a marine expert to teach the fishermen in preserving different fishes. Region 1 BFAR Director Nestor Domenden also reiterated to the fishermen to promote peaceful seashores in support to their conservation program which all provinces in the Philippines will be competing for the this program. Eighteen (18) more motorized bangka from the BFAR are coming ahead for the other coastal barangays in the province.