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Fishing boats given to fishermen in Negros Oriental

Cebu City, Philippines. Motorized fishing boats and other fishing implements worth more than Four Hundred Thousand Pesos were recently turned-over to some fishermen in Negros Oriental by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7).

The package of livelihood assistance consisting of three (3) motorized fishing boats and fish nets benefited thirty-two (32) fishermen, who are members of the Mayabon Marginal Fisher Folks Association in the town of Zamboanguita, according to Ms. Marites G. Mercado of the DOLE-Negros Oriental Field Office (NOFO).

“This financial assistance is expected to augment the income of beneficiaries now that they already own motorized fishing boats and other fishing gears,” she said.

The group’s clientele, she said further, include 400 households, 6 restaurants and 4 Beach Resorts.

The abundance of marine life in the seas of Zamboanguita makes fishing as one of the main sources of livelihood among its constituents most especially in the coastal barangays.

Both Mayor Glenson Alano and Vice- Mayor Eping Elmido thanked the DOLE for constantly providing their municipality with the kind of assistance that would surely help improve the standard of living of their constituents.

The fishermen, particularly the beneficiaries, were also seen notably involved in actively protecting the aquatic resources in Zamboanguita by patrolling in the marine protected areas in support to the Coast Management Plan of the municipality.

The livelihood assistance extended to Mayabon Marginal Fisher Folks Association was made possible under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP).


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from BMDePadua of NOFO

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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