Lucena offers fisherfolk alternative livelihood; TESDA ups ‘techno-preneurship’

February 26, 2012 11:36 am 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Feb. 26 – The city government here is offering fishermen alternative livelihood projects to prevent them from engaging in illegal fishing activities.

Mayor Barbara Ruby Talaga said alternative livelihood includes oyster farms in Barangay Mayao Castillo and fish cages in Barangay Talao-Talao.

Talaga said the city agriculture office headed by Jose Canlas Jr. also distributed 3,000 cat fish fingerlings and 7,000 bangus fingerlings to fishing families along seacoasts, and 6,000 tilapia fingerlings to inland fishermen and rice farmers for them to tend in their farms.

The city mayor told reporters over the weekend that city agriculturist Canlas and his personnel have conducted information campaigns in coastal barangays to ensure curtailing, or totally eliminating illegal fishing activities in Lucena seashores, rivers, lakes an swamps.

For his part, Canlas said the city government and the agriculture office have jointly implemented alternative livelihood programs for fishermen to prevent them from further engaging in illegal fishing activities.

Mayor Talaga said the city government had earlier intensified its campaign against illegal fishing activities by strictly enforcing the implementation of Republic Act 8550, otherwise known as the Basic Fishery Law.

Canlas confirmed the strict implementation of the law has resulted in the apprehension of 10 fishermen involved in illegal fishing last week.

To contribute to the further development of Lucena city’s fishing grounds, “We are continuously protecting the mangrove forest in Barangays Talao-Talao, Barra and Dalahican by planting mangrove trees, the latest, involving the planting of some 200 mangroves along the seacoasts of the three barangays," Canlas said.

The municipal agriculturists also said his office is supporting fully the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) because most of its recipients are families of fishermen and farmers.

Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Quezon provincial office is vigorously pursuing implementation of “specialista-techno-preneurship” for TESDA National Certificate (NC) holders.

TESDA-Quezon Supervising Development Specialist Racy Gesmundo said the program aims to provide employment opportunities to TESDA national certificate holders in the province.

Gesmundo said the program is also intended to bring the services of TESDA NC holders closer to rural communities and barangays needing specialista-techno-preneurship services.

Under the program, the TESDA-Quezon provincial office will be organizing five groups from TESDA NC holders and another group called ‘Aggropasyon’ composed of ten persons like manicurists, pedicurists, foot SPA specialists, massage therapists and hair care specialists, she said.

Gesmundo said the five TESDA national certificate holders’ group would soon conduct pedicure, manicures, foot spa, massage theraphy, hair cut, hair coloring and hair treatment services in different barangays of Quezon province needing these services at very low fees.

The TESDA provincial official said interested applicants wanting to join the group should possess the following qualifications: TESDA national certificate holder, at least high school graduate, must secure NBI/ Barangay clearances and a municipal health permit.

She urged Interested applicants to coordinate with Ms. Rosie Lorenzo at the Manpower Skills Training Center in Lucena City, for more information. (PNA)

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