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150 marginalized fisher folks avail of DOLE assistance

The coastal municipality of Nueva Valencia in Guimaras Province offers a scenic view to visitors and a bountiful sea to the locals.

The abundance of the sea, however, is just a dream for fishermen who just rely on their old bancas, wooden paddles and tattered nets for their living.

For years, the marginalized fishermen in the municipality have toiled hard to catch fish for their daily sustenance.  Without modern fishing facilities, their industry is no match for the high cost of living and the demands of the modern times. 

The DOLE-RO No. 6 is always attending to the plight of the marginalized sector. Recently, the Regional Office in partnership with the local government unit of Nueva Valencia released a three million peso (Php3M) grant for one hundred fifty (150) local fishermen.

“The livelihood assistance for the marginalized fishermen was for the purchase of engines to upgrade their bancas into motorized fishing vessels,’’ said DOLE-RO No. 6 Guimaras Field Office (GFO) OIC-Head Richie Buyco.

Nueva Valencia PESO support staff Milagros Taton said that the beneficiaries really need the engines for their bancas“Daku gid and mabulig sang DOLE, wala makina ang ila banca, kag kon may ara gid man, guba-on pa. Kag nagasalig lang sila sa pagbugsay.” (“DOLE provided a great help. Their bancas do not have motors, and if they have one, it is unserviceable. They just rely on paddles.”) 

Last year, DOLE provided the beneficiaries with fishing nets, plywoods and paints for the repair of their fishing bancas.

“The support aims to develop a sustainable livelihood that will provide a stable means of livelihood to the families of the marginalized fishermen,” said DOLE-RO No.6 Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao.

The beneficiaries are from eleven (11) coastal barangays namely, Cabalagnan, Tanhawan, Dolores, Igang, Igdarapdap, Lapaz, Lucmayan, Magamay, Pandaraonan, Poblacion, San Roque, San Antonio, Santo Domingo, Tando and from two (2) island barangays that are Guiwanon and Panubulon.

Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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