LEGAZPI CITY, March 1 (PNA) -- The city government of Legapi will give more attention to the fishing industry to strengthen the livelihood activities of the people in coastal barangays as part of its solution to poverty incidence in the community, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said on Monday during the turnover ceremony of the starter kits to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) fishermen-beneficiaries from the villages of Bigaa, Lamba and Puro.
Rosal, together with Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo; City Agriculturist Jesus Kallos; Al Bariso, Buraguis barangay captain and City Agricultural and Fishery Council chairman; and Councilor Bobot Buban, chairman of the committee on agriculture and fisheries, turned over fishing paraphernalia to 108 fisher folk-beneficiaries at Sitio Tinago, Barangay Bigaa.
The starter kits will be used for fish vending, catching fish and other forms of fishing activity by the fisher folk.
The kits are composed of ten motorized banca, banyera, weighing scale and styro foam, among others, granted by the DSWD Bicol regional office.
Rosal told the beneficiaries to always take care of these fishing paraphernalia because these will serve as materials for their fishing activities.
“These will give you employment opportunity and uplift your daily living condition,” he said.
The city chief executive urged the fishermen to always practice responsible fishing as part of promoting sustainable fishing in the community by way of protecting the coral reefs in the prohibited fishing areas at the Albay Gulf in order to safeguard marine resources and maintain a healthy ecosystem.
“Catching fish is one of the most important sources of feeding the families of the fisher folk but we need to prevent catching small fishes in order to main an adequate supply of fishes in the market,” Rosal pointed out.
Kallos said the distribution of starter kits came about when the DSWD asked the City Agriculture Office the listing of all legitimate fisher folk who were identified as members of 4Ps.
The CAO submitted the names of the fishermen from which the agency selected 108 fishermen as beneficiaries of the fishing materials.
All recipient fishermen have undergone a two-day training on responsible fishing method, he added.
Kallos said his office will monitor and supervise the fishermen to make sure these fishing paraphernalia will be used in the proper way of catching fish.
Razo, meanwhile, said the distribution of starter kits to the fishermen is part of the sustainable livelihood program of DSWD, which is one of the indications of the continuous support of the national government in partnership with local government units to improve the lives of the people who belong to the fishing industry as well as to agriculture and other basic sectors of the society.
He urged the local fisher folk to use their knowledge in improving the livelihood activities in their own respective areas as an alternative source of income. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EPS/CBD/eds