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New fiberglass boats from DOLE help Masbate fishers recover from pandemic
Pio V. Corpus, Masbate  Around 29 crisis-hit fishermen in the coastal town of Pio V. Corpus were overjoyed as they received their individual motorized fiberglass boat from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) during the awarding ceremony held at Gregorio Beach Resort last November 07, 2021.

With the goal of providing livelihood opportunities among poor households and highly vulnerable workers in some coastal communities in the island-province of Masbate, DOLE Bicol through Masbate Provincial Field Office (MPFO) downloaded a total amount of PHP 4,182,725.00 to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Pio V. Corpus this year to benefit 152 beneficiaries from the marginalized groups. 

Apparently, due to Covid-19 restrictions and the far distant border of coastal areas, the distribution of the boats was quite delayed. 

But with the relentless efforts of DOLE MPFO and its accredited co-partner, a new array of hope has been successfully initiated this month to keep some local fisherfolks adrift despite the onslaught of the global health crisis and provide income-support to other informal workers.

DOLE Masbate PFO Head Ma. Ella E. Verano and MPFO Livelihood Focal Chito D. Atibagos, in partnership with Hon. Mayor Allan T. Lepasana of LGU Pio V. Corpuz led the distribution of motorboats to 29 selected beneficiaries yesterday.

Last November 1, the first batch with 123 beneficiaries including food vendors, carpenters, welders and cooks were awarded with livelihood kits worth over 3 million pesos at the PVC Covered Court. 

While the remaining P800,000 was allotted to purchase fishing equipment, such as 1 unit of Fiberglass boat, 11ft x 18”, 7.5 HP gasoline engine, propeller, shafting, cross joint and a rudder plus 2 liters of gasoline. These were awarded to 29 beneficiaries last November 7. 

“Mao nga karun lang gyud na award sa atong mga beneficiaries. Even then, mao na kini ang silbi advance Christmas gift alang sa atong mga mangingisda,” (As a result, we are only now able to distribute assistance to our recipients. Nonetheless, this will be an early Christmas gift for our fisherman), Mayor Lepasana quipped.

A 63-year-old beneficiary, Dominador Monticod of Brgy Poblacion, Pio V. Corpus was in tears when he received his brand-new unit of motorized boat. 

“Sa una, maglisud gyud ko ug pangisda kay ang akong gamit busay ra. Diri lang ko sa daplin sa dagat mangisda. Usahay walay kuha, unya walay kita. Apan karun kay naa na ko’y motor, makapangisda nako sa layo ug hinaut pa nga magkadaghan ang akong makuha arun makabaligya para makapalit ko sa among pang adlaw-adlaw nga kinahanglan. Salamat sa DOLE ug sa LGU Pio V. Corpus,” (Before, I find it difficult to go fishing because I only use paddles. I would only fish near the shore. Sometimes I catch nothing, I don’t earn anything. But now that I have this motorized boat, I can go further and catch more fishes to sell, allowing me to meet our daily necessities. Thank you so much DOLE and LGU Pio V. Corpuz) he said.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita of DOLE Bicol said that she is more than happy to bring out joy to beneficiaries by further intensifying livelihood programs and services to people in need especially to workers from coastal barangays adversely affected by the pandemic. 

“Masaya ako at nagagalak na naging bahagi ang DOLE sa pag-usbong ng kabuhayan ng ating mga benipisyaryo. Asahan ninyo na ipagpapatuloy namin ang paghatid ng mga serbisyo at programang pangkabuhayan upang matulungan yaong mga taong higit na nangangailangan lalo na ang mga manggagawa mula sa mahihirap at malalayong komunidad na lubos naapektuhan ng pandemya,” Campita said. 

Similarly, PD Verano expressed her support to government’s mission of poverty reduction towards economic stability by providing emergency employment and expanding livelihood options to informal sectors. 

“DOLE Masbate Provincial Office is always more than willing to assist and help marginalized constituents. It is our mission to provide and generate more decent and emergent jobs as well as livelihood assistance to informal workers. We believe that this will be extremely beneficial to economic recovery,” said Verano. 

She also left a remarkable message to fishermen who benefited from the Kabuhayan kits as they take their wider-angle sails of fishing.  

“Wala na kayong ibang gagawin kundi ang sumakay at mangisda agad. Hangad naming ang inyong ligtas na paglalayag patungo sa tagumpay,” Verano added.

The awarding of the kits was done in two separate dates, November 1 and 7 respectively, as suggested by the Municipal IATF, in order to comply with the minimum health protocols especially the physical distancing. ###


With a report from Angelica G. Collantes, Chito D. Atibagos, Ella E. Verano, and Masbate CDA

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