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Fishermen in Negros Oriental, into seaweeds farming business soon

Cebu City, Philippines. A group of fishermen in Negros Oriental will soon engage in Seaweeds Farming business after receiving almost One Million Pesos in livelihood assistance from DOLE last week.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that beneficiaries are members of the Kapunongan sa Gagmay nga Mananagat sa Tangculogan (KAGAMATA), an association of fisher folks based in Barangay Tangculogan, Bais City.

Director Siaton said that the project of the group summed up to more than a million pesos. “As their counterpart, they shouldered part of the project cost and shelled out over Php200,000.00,” she said.

The livelihood project will benefit at least 65 members of the association, whose income is expected to improve by more than a thousand per member each month once the undertaking is fully operationalized.

The financial assistance extended by DOLE will fund for the materials, jigs, and equipment required by the project as well as the seaweed seedlings.

“More importantly, the financial assistance will also provide beneficiaries with motorized boats, which will help them easily transport their harvest,” added the Regional Director.

DOLE Negros Oriental Field Office (NOFO) Head, Marites G. Mercado said that part of the group’s plan is to sell dried seaweeds to other local traders and fresh seaweeds in the markets, not only in Bais City but also to those located in the adjoining towns.

The local government unit of Barangay Tangculogan is the DOLE-7’s partner in the implementation of the livelihood project. “They will also help us monitor the status of the project implementation as well as facilitate the liquidation of expenses incurred by the project,” said Mercado.

To make the beneficiaries socially ready and prepared, DOLE provided them with exercises and trainings on project proposal writing and an orientation on simple book keeping prior to the release of the financial assistance. To provide beneficiaries security, the Department also enrolled them to a group personal accident insurance (GPAI) for one year.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2021-07-07
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