Misamis Oriental and Iligan City fisherfolks hail PGMA's ISLA project

September 9, 2009 10:30 am 

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 9 — Members of the Misamis Oriental and Iligan City federation of fisherfolks expressed their gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this morning for her Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement (ISLA) undertaken in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

The project will assist existing livelihood undertakings of fisherfolk beneficiaries grow into viable and sustainable businesses, thus improving their incomes to a level at par with that of minimum wage earners.

Under ISLA, the fisherfolk, through their respective organizations, will be assisted by:

— Setting up a common marketing facility that will enable fisherfolks to trade their fish catch at competitive prices and access a broader and more expansive market;

— Acquiring fishing materials and equipment such as fishing boats and other fishing paraphernalia that will enable fisherfolk to fish in more bountiful fishing grounds;

— Establishing alternative livelihood projects that will generate employment and income for dependents of fisherfolk;

— Strengthening of fisherfolk organizations and consolidating these into full-pledged federations through trainings, consultancy and advisory services; and

— Trainings on entrepreneurship development and business management for the members of the fisherfolk organizations.

To date, some P10 million has been awarded, broken down as follows: Iligan City, P4-million to 800 beneficiaries; Lugait, P2.3-million to 600 beneficiaries; Manticao, P2-million to 600 beneficiaries and Initao, P2-million to 300 beneficiaries

The turnover ceremony was highlighted by the President’s awarding of 153 motorized pumpboats to the four federations of fisherfolk covered by ISLA. A total of P218,915 worth of alternative livelihood projects for the federation of Manticao fisherfolk as well as a certificate comprising the gears and common service facility for the fisherfolk of Iligan City will also be awarded by the President.

Erlito Balambao, Mitchel Baluyot, and Pedro Tinae, Jr., Federation presidents of the fisherman's Association of Lugait, Initao and Manticao, Misamis Oriental, respectively, and Sabino Gutierrez chairman of the Iligan City Fisher Folk Association were one in expressing their members’ gratitude to the President's livelihood program which they said helped improve their catch and incomes.

They said the motorized deep sea fishing boats and fishing gears, gave them a greater chance of matching their catch with those of other big fishing companies. The increase in incomes, they said, will be able to provide more for their families. (PNA)

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