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675 Iloko fishermen thank DOLE-RO I for P1.9-M livelihood grant


Wilfredo Garcia, 63 years  old, has suffered losses due to fish kill and recent typhoons that destroyed fish cages in barangay Dardarat, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.  The calamities laid to waste his small Bangus and Malaga production business which he painstakingly put up for five years. 

Things have become brighter for Wilfredo and 674 other fishermen when on February 6, 2018, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I, through its Ilocos Sur Field Office, handed them P1,909,895 worth of fishing gears for their “payao” projects.  

Payao is a floating artificial reef made out of either bamboo rafts or steel that uses different kinds of lures to attract and catch fishes such as tuna and small pelagic species. 

The assistance was turned over by DOLE-ISFO Head Emmanuel Hagad to Mayor Josh Edward Cobangbang to benefit 20 fishermen associations consisting of 675 members.    

“Napakalaking pasasalamat po namin sa DOLE dahil sa pangkabuhayan na kaloob sa amin.  Makakatulong po ito sa pagbangon namin sa pagkalugi at mas marami ang magkakaroon ng dagdag na kita,” Wilfredo said. 

The assistance comes from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP which aims to assist informal and disadvantaged workers who opt to engage in self-employment and entrepreneurial undertakings. The services include livelihood formation for disadvantaged unemployed workers to engage in self-employment undertakings; informal sector workers to enhance their existing livelihood and income-augmenting collective enterprises for wage workers. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the payao projects are seen to enable the beneficiaries to catch sustainable quantity of fish for greater income. 

“Small-scale fisheries contribute to the country’s economy.  It feeds people in communities and alleviates poverty. We hope to help boost this sector by providing the support needed by our marginalized fishermen,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez, with report from Sherwin Keith Abalos, DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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