The provincial government of Ilocos Sur was awarded with “Gawad Pagkilala” from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources during the awarding ceremony held at the Philippine Coconut Authority Office in Diliman, Quezon City on October 21, 2016. The award is in recognition of the province’s efficient and effective implementation of fishery development programs such as the strictly implementation of anti-illegal fishing, provision of fishing paraphernalia to the fisher folks, conduct of trainings and provision of different livelihood to coastal barangays. The provincial government sees the needs of the people living in the coastal areas who are dependent on fishing that is why one of the priority projects of Governor Singson’s administration is to improve fishery production and uplift the life of the fishermen. He believes that this attainment of award was made possible through the concerted efforts of PGIS, stakeholders and the different fishermen association. “I thank all our fisher folks for supporting our projects in the implementation of aquaculture development in our province. We received such award because of their efforts and cooperation.” Gov. Ryan expressed. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion received the award from BFAR in behalf of Governor Ryan Singson. Ilocos Sur was the only provincial government awardee. The two other awardees are both municipalities.