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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 8 conducted the awarding ceremonies for the Poster Making and Spoken Word Poetry Competition last September 19, 2019 at Robinsons Place, Marasbaras, Tacloban City.

Words by themselves are nothing but letters and phrases, but when delivered with conviction, sincerity and truthfulness these can be sharp as knives that can pierce the heart of its target. As young as they are, the voices of these high school students were thoroughly heard through their masterpiece reflecting their desire to help in the protection and conservation of our marine resources. Amongst these bright minds, three of them emerged at the top and was awarded as the first, second and third winners of the Spoken Word Poetry Competition.

Ending on the top 3 is Mr. Erros Dave Atos of Asian Development College with his piece entitled “Limang Salik ng Pagpapahalaga”. Meanwhile, bagging the top 2 position is Ms. Sonie Luis Esquierdo from Leyte National High School with her poem “Karagatan”. Finally, claiming the top spot of the competition is Mr. RG Cyrus Serrano of Leyte National High School, with his masterpiece “Karagatan ay Ingatan”.

Spoken Words are not only the medium of expression one can use to express his or her thoughts. More often than not, works of art such as pictures, paintings, and posters are a very effective means of conveying sentiments that sometimes words fail to express. Thus, 11 High School Students from different provinces of Eastern Visayas drew and colored their way into the Poster Making Competition of the Bureau and at the end, amidst the kaleidoscope of colors presented by their posters, 3 of them were chosen to be in the top spot of the competition.

On the 3rd place is Ms. Lyka Mae Piangco of Asuncion S. Melgar National High School, and Mr. Alger Licaña of Ormoc City Senior High School as the 2nd Placer. Lastly, Ms. Lyra Topacio from Samar National High School bagged the 1st Place award for the competition.

As the Bureau continues on its road towards a strengthened law enforcement, BFAR8 also awarded outstanding Officers of the Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Team (FPLEG) during the “Bantay Bahandi Awards” for their commendable performance and accomplishments in the protection of our oceans and its aquatic treasures. Local Government Unit and PNP units with exemplary practices in conserving their waters and marine biodiversity were also recognized during the said ceremony.

One of the awardee is the Local Government Unit of Kawayan, Biliran for being the only LGU in Region 8 to successfully file and penalize violators of RA 10654 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines. PNP Unit of Dolores, Eastern Samar was also awarded the Bantay Bahandi Award for successfully filing administrative cases with 21 violations cited against owner and operators of three (3) fishing boats.

As the week culminated, so did the 56th Fish Conservation Celebration came to a close. But despite this ending, BFAR8 still holds that through the activities conducted during the celebration all will be willing to contribute and start to act now more than ever to save our blue oceans and the world beneath it.

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