A total of P776 million will go the development of the existing Lucena Fish Port Complex in Lucena City, Quezon province, according to Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who led groundbreaking for the project on Thursday.
“Congratulations to you for having this new fishport here. Take care of your seas, especially the fishing industry here in Quezon,” Go told residents of the province in his speech.
The fishport, located in a 7.8-hectare reclaimed area at Barangay Dalahican, is being developed under the Nationwide Fish Ports Project Package III of the government.
The development includes the construction, rehabilitation and improvement of the fish port’s existing facilities, such as pier, market hall, cold storage, ice plant and wastewater treatment plant.
New facilities will be established and new equipment will be procured.
“You know, this fishport was last repaired in 1991. It’s time for this to be rehabilitated,” Go said in an interview with reporters after the ceremony.
“This new fishport is for the residents of Quezon, for our fishermen here,” he added.
The Lucena Fish Port Complex, managed by the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), was established as part of the Nationwide Fish Ports Project Package I and was completed in September 1991 and inaugurated in February 1992.
Documents from the PFDA show that sardines, milkfish, round scad, skipjack tuna and bullet tuna are the top five fish species unloaded at the fishport.
Both commercial and municipal fishing vessels use the facilities of the fishport for unloading and trading.
The fishport offers its facilities for harbor operations, such as drydocking and repair; provision of fuel, oil, water and ice supplies for product transshipment; lease of raw land for establishment of fishery-related factories; and refrigeration and other post-harvest services, including freezing through contact freezing and product preservation using cold storages.
In his speech, Go said he is supportive of similar projects in other parts of the country.
“I will also push for the establishment of similar new [fishports] in Navotas City (Metro Manila), Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga and other areas,” he said.