Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led local officials in the distribution of 80 fiberglass motorized fishing boats that will benefit about 240 local fisherfolk and their families in a simple ceremony held at the Pantawan 2 Rizal Boulevard yesterday.
In his remarks, Mayor Remollo urged the beneficiaries who are members of 12 fisherfolk associations in Barangays Bantayan, Piapi, Looc, Poblacion 1 (Tinago), Calindagan, Mangnao and Banilad to take care their fishing boats, which are durable, so they would last longer and give their respective families increased incomes.
Mayor Remollo commended the Department of Labor and Employment including the City Public Employment Service Office or PESO, City Agriculturist Office and City Sectoral Desk Office for their assistance in the implementation of the project that will help local fishermen to catch first class fishes, provide fresh and affordable supply of fish to support restaurants and hotels and generate employment.
PESO Manager Soccoro P. Mira, City Sectoral Desk Officer Albert Aquino and the representatives of fisherfolk associations expressed gratitude to Mayor Remollo for his perseverance and collaboration with former Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III for the release of a total of P 25 million worth of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program that includes Nego-Karts for street vendors, bicycles and cellular phones for massage therapists and emergency employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD benefitting thousands of residents.
According to Mayor Remollo, the project was proposed to former DOLE Secretary Bello after a meeting in 2020 with Councilors Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Manuel Sagabarria, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Lilani Ramon, Nelson Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, SK President Renz Macion who were each asked to identify 10 beneficiaries thus the allocation of 80 units of fiberglass motorized fishing boats.
Each boat can be utilized by a team of 3 fisherfolk, thus with 80 units, there are a total of 240 beneficiaries. All the fishing boats will have to be registered first before the Philippine Coast Guard.
Among the fisherfolk associations identified as beneficiaries of the motorized fiberglass fishing boats are Bantayan Fisherfolks Association, Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Piapi Purok Anduhaw, Looc Fisherfolks Association, Calindagan Fisherfolks Association, Canday-ong Calindagan Fisherfolks Association, Calindagan United Women’s Association, Women’s Canday-ong Calindagan, Mangnao Fisherfolk Association, Calindagan Mangnao Banilad Fisherfolk Association, Dumaguete City Bangus Fry Association and Banilad Manguilawod Fisherfolks Association.
Among the officials present during the turnover ceremony are Vice-Mayor Ma. Isabel Sagarbarria, City Administrator Lilani Ramon, Councilors Rey Lyndon Lawas, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, SK President Renz Macion and the Punong Barangays of Dumaguete City.