The fisherfolk of Lake Palakpakin are organized in a government-assisted organization called Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC).
Of these fisherfolk, 87 or 45.8% attend the monthly FARMC meeting.
In the March 2016 meeting of Lake Palakpakin's FARMC, the fisherfolk exchanged thoughts and opinions on recent plans of LLDA to enforce the 10% maximum cage area and a modular arrangement of fish cages to facilitate monitoring of fish cages and easy detection of unregistered fish cages.
FARMC officers and members are ambivalent about the enforcement of the 10% maximum cage area.
The extent of the problem is manifested by the need to do weekly lake cleaning operations by FARMC members.
In the third case, again the same fish cage operator provides working capital for the operations of four fish cages taken care of by another relative who is a very active officer of FARMC, both lake and city chapters.
(10) In 2016, barangays San Buenaventura and Dolores have the same FARMC president.
The assembly agenda included learning sessions, capacity building and workshops for the formulations of municipal FARMC management and operations plan and signing of commitment to support the development of the fishery and aquatic resources of Cordillera.
Through the assembly, BFAR aims to strengthen the FARMCs organization and improve their operations by looking into the concerns of the sector and on how the bureau can help address such as well as to strengthen their participation in governance and management of their sector.
BFAR CAR Regional Director Milagros Morales, in an interview, outlined the importance of local FARMCs in the development of the fishery sector in Cordillera, which despite a landlocked region, has still a big potential in terms of capture/inland fishery and aquaculture.
Cordilleras fishery sector only provides 13 percent of the fish (demand) requirement of the region, but with well organized and operational FARMCs supported by their respective local government units, it will be a big boost in ensuring the availability of fish products in every community in the region and in bringing progress to the life of the people in the industry and the host communities, Morales said.