The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Negros Occidental has overshot its annual collection target by more than P700,000 from its operations, a government press release said.
BFAR Chief Carlito Delfin said they were able to collect close to P2.3 million from a target of P1.5 million for 2010.
From the figure, P154,971 came from Commercial Fisheries Boat License, where fishing boat operators pay P3,000 for their license that is good for three years and a monthly clearance fee of P100.
The other collections came from Fish Pond Lease Agreement Fees that reached P2.1 million where fish pond operators pay P1,000 per 1 hectare of pond.
Delfin said the province has 2,342 hectares of fish ponds with 84 operators.
If FLA holders fail to pay, their contract is cancelled but the entire process is handled with utmost consideration in favor of the operators, the press release said.
The entire amount they have collected, Delfin said, goes to the national treasury through the Land Bank of the Philippines.*