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50 fishermen earn from Alaminos City’s booming tourism with “paraw” from the DOLE-RO I

When you are a hardworking resident of Alaminos City in Pangasinan, owning a “paraw” equates to decent income.  First, its marine water abounds with natural resources.  Second, it is home to the Hundred Islands National Park, which is a top tourist destination in Region 1. 

Fifty-year-old Danilo Palecpec, Sr. is therefore thrilled about the thought of having greater income and better life after receiving “paraw” from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. I. 

The “paraw” is a double outrigger sail boat native to the Visayas region.  

The DOLE-RO I turned over 50 boats to barangay Lucap residents, including Danilo, at the Hundred Islands wharf on March 28, 2017 on the occasion of the city’s first ever Paraw Festival. 

“Pagkatapos naming mangisda sa madaling araw o kung minsang nagdadamot ang dagat, nagagamit namin ang aming mga bangka para magkarga ng mga turista ng Hundred Islands. Sa ganitong paraan, nadaragdagan ang aming kita o kaya ay hindi kami nawawalan ng kita,” Danilo said. 

After the livelihood intervention from the DOLE, he estimates P800 additional amount to his current daily income of P350.  With his “paraw” Danilo and his colleagues catch assorted high value fish species around the national park at dawn.  From 6:00 a.m. up to 8:00 p.m., they use their boats to ferry tourists.  The boat can carry two tourists, and a 30-minute ride costs 150 pesos. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the livelihood project gives the beneficiaries, who are marginalized informal sector workers, the opportunity to benefit from the city’s booming tourism. 

 

Each beneficiary received a “paraw” worth P20 thousand from the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

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2017-05-05
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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