Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) releases 300,000 donated tilapia fingerlings by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Montible river (Photo courtesy of Levi Evangelista)

Three hundred thousand tilapia fingerlings were released in Montible river on Wednesday.

The fingerlings were donated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, IPPF spokesperson Levi Evangelista said.

Evangelista said BFAR Narra gave the fingerlings which the IPPF staff with inmates will take care of.

“Kaagapay na rin si IPPF pagdating sa turismo tulad ng pagpapakawala ng fingerlings sa Montible subcolony, kinuha natin ito sa BFAR Narra. Ito ay nabubuhay sa fresh water at sinasabi nila na kung mapapangalagaan ay lalaki sila nang maayos,” he said.

Evangelista added that BFAR has advised the IPPF if the production is good in three to four months, one tilapia could also weigh a kilo.

The involvement of the inmates is in the maintenance of the production is part of their reformation program under IPPF.

It is also eyed as a tourist destination.

“Gagawa tayo ng balsa-balsa dyan at titingnan natin yong kanilang paglaki, susubaybayan natin. Maganda kasi yong ilog dyan sa Montible subcolony, medyo malaki sya, safe din sya at maganda gawin na tourist spot na pwede ka mangawil, yan yong projection natin dyan,” Evangelista said.

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