The boat making project Bangka Ko, Gawa Ko is a component of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR)’s major program, the F/B Pagbabago Program. The F/B Pagbabago Program aims to provide fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats or bancas to less privileged fisherfolk families. One (1) FRP boat is shared by two families. FRP Boats are disaster-resilient, more durable, and more environment-friendly alternatives to conventionally produced wooden boats. They are designed to ensure resilience and safety of fishermen at sea.
Through the Bangka ko Gawa ko project, the Bureau institutionalized capacity-building on construction of FRP bancas as livelihood interventions to uplift the economic status of fisherfolk and empower them and their families to become responsible resource producer and user.