45 fishermen families receive P160-K from DOLE to start dried squid business

July 23, 2012 9:57 pm 

MANILA, July 23 — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last week personally turned over to Oroquieta City a P160,000 check as assistance to the Canubay Dried Squid Association (CDSA) under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) for the CDSA's squid processing enterprise.

Baldoz turned over the check to Dionisio Esik, Oroquieta City treasurer who represented Mayor Jason P. Almonte

The CDSA, with 45 fishermen-members, will use the grant to purchase a squid dryer, packing machine, weighing scale, and industrial-grade plastic receptacles. It will also use the extra cash to improve its squid processing facility and as additional capital for the purchase of fresh squid.

The hand-over of the check took place during Secretary Baldoz's visit in Cagayan de Oro City to personally see the progress of the DOLE's emergency employment program started right after the devastating floods of Typhoon Sendong.

"I certainly hope this modest amount of government assistance will start you off towards the road to better incomes and a better life," Baldoz said to Reynaldo Comdia, CDSA president, who also attended the turn-over of the assistance at a ceremony that also coincided with the DOLE's Social Protection Cluster's Mid-year Performance Assessment held at the Marco Hotel in the city.

The city government of Oroquieta City received the assistance because it is one of the DOLE's accredited co-partners in Misamis Occidental and, therefore, will be the responsible agency to supervise and monitor the project.

Lawyer Johnson Canete, who as regional director of DOLE Regional Office No. 10 approved the project, said the CDSA's squid drying business would easily benefit over 270 community members in the coastal barangay of Canubay who are mostly dependent on fishing and fish peddling.

"We encouraged and supported this project, conceived by the members of the CDSA themselves, because it will stop the members from being victimized by usurious lenders in the area. We are also convinced the project will increase the incomes of the beneficiaries and improve their living conditions," Canete said, adding that the DOLE in the region will also extend technical and entrepreneurial training to the CDSA members.

Esik and the CDSA's Comdia thanked Secretary Baldoz for the assistance, saying it will definitely help alleviate the plight of the poor fishermen in Canubay. (PNA)

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