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DOLE’s “Bangka Para sa Mangingisda” bears fruits in Infanta, Pangasinan


DOLE’s “Bangka Para sa Mangingisda” bears fruits in Infanta, Pangasinan

For a long time, Jemir Delida, 29 years old, rented boat for his fishing activities – half of his income from it, he paid to the boat owner. 

That meant barely a thousand pesos minus the boat rental, then a paltry sum goes for his family’s support.

This plight of Jemir and other small-scale fishermen in Infanta, Pangasinan went on for years. 

Until on May 16, 2018, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I released P1.2 million worth of assistance to the local government unit of Infanta.  The assistance is part of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program.  

The DILP aims to help reduce poverty through self-employment activities that help augment the income of marginalized workers and provide employment opportunities in communities. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra turned over to Mayor Marvin Martinez 60 fishing boats for subsistence fishermen from six barangays, namely, Batang, Bayambang, Cato, Patima, Poblacion and Nayom. 

The LGU of Infanta provided P300,000 to train the beneficiaries on Business Planning, Business and Work Improvement Course, Values Formation, Business Ethics, Simple Records Keeping, Basic Fishing Rules and Safety and Health in the Fishing Industry.  

Barely a year after receiving the livelihood assistance package, Jemir has started reaping its benefits. He now earns P1,500 daily. And because he does not need to pay rentals, he was able to transform his boat into a motorized boat.  With it, he can reach farther fishing areas to catch more fish.  

“No words can describe how really grateful I am to the DOLE for this brighter opportunity,” Jemir said during the monitoring conducted by the DOLE-Western Pangasinan Field Office staff on January 24, 2019. 

As of monitoring time, Jemir shared his plan to buy another boat to further boost his income. 

Coupled with his determination and hard work, Jemir is quite hopeful that his small livelihood will be able to send all his four children to school and complete their education. 

“Through our livelihood program, we aim to provide our beneficiaries the means and capacity to not only improve their living conditions, but to achieve sustainability,” Director Lacambra said.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Marc David S. Sanchez, DOLE-WPFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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