The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) is the government agency mandated to strengthen the government's developmental thrusts in fisheries through a program that would balance production ventures with adequate post-harvest support facilities.
Created on August 11, 1976. PFDA is vested with powers and responsibilities of promoting growth of fishing industry and improving efficiency in the handling, preserving, marketing and distribution of fish and fisheries products through the stablishment and administration of fish ports, fish markets and other infrastructure necessary for the progressive advancement of the fishing industry. Its establishment signaled the thrust of the government at providing modern orgranizational and marketing framework to supplement current and future infrastructure development programs in the fishing industry.
The Philippine fishing industry was experiencing an annual production growth rate of 5.5% on the national level prior to the creation of PFDA. This accomplishment , however, spawned marketing problems due to inadequate fish marketing infrastructure, poor fish handling practices, chaotic system of distribution, and limited post-harvest processing technology. Immense losses from spoilage, fish quality deterioration, slow rate of fish dispatch, and price instabiltiy had been the results of these problems. Thus , creating the Philippine Fish Marketing Authority (PFMA), was promulgated on August 11, 1976 to address and provide solutions to the fishing industry's post-harvest problems.
In the need to pursue the national economic development with renewed dedication and greater determination, Executive Order No. 772 was issued on February 8, 1982 to amend P.D. 977. By virtue of this E.O., the PFMA was renamed as Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) with expanded functions and powers and revised constitution of the Board of Directors.
By 2020 PFDA should have achieved effective and sustainable post-harvest facilities and infrastructure, contributing to enhanced competitiveness in the fisheries sector.
We, in the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, shall strive to:
A government owned and controlled corporation attached to the Department of Agriculture, created to promote the development of the fishing industry through the provision of post-harvest infrastructure facilities and essential services that improve efficiency in the handling and distribution of fish and fishery products and enhance their quality.
The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority endeavors to achieve these objectives:
We, the officers and staff of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, commit to: