Three big fishing boats were recently turned over to typhoon Yolanda- stricken fisherfolk by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement-Negros in Collaboration with German humanitarian agency, The Johanniter.
Three fishing communities in Cadiz, Manapla and Sagay received the boats that will be complemented by additional livelihood trainings under the project that will promote risk-resilient livelihoods and mangrove areas management in fishing communities in Negros Occidental.
The big fishing boats will be community-managed, and the additional programs will be reinforced by funds from the local government units or from public agencies.
On June 20, the first boat was given to the Vito Ipil-Ipil Small Fisher Association based in Brgy. Vito, Sagay City.
VISFA president Norma Arnanez said they were grateful for the assistance, adding that the boat and trainings will help them build their organization and empower themselves to alleviate poverty and protect their coastal communities better.
The two remaining fishing boats were released on June 29 to fishing communities in Brgy. Zone 1, Cadiz and Brgy. Chambery, Manapla.
The leaders of the Brgy. Zone 1 Integrated Small Fisher Folk Association and Chambery Small Fisherfolk Association also thanked PRRM-Negros and The Johanniter.
Re-elected Manapla Mayor Lourdes Socorro Escalante reminded the CHASFA members to work together and take good care of the boat, and use it to improve their lives and safeguard the coastal environment.*KBC
One of the turned over fishing boats and the beneficiaries.*
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