DIVILACAN, Isabela, June 14 (PIA) – – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Cagayan Valley Region recently turned-over at least 10-fiberglass boats and other fishing paraphernalia to the “Dumagats”, a group of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) living in this coastal town.
Milagros Morales, BFAR regional director, said the provision of livelihood assistance package to IP fisherfolk in Isabela coastal towns is part of the agency’s intervention program in ensuring sustainable livelihood among the region’s fishing communities.
Morales said the assistance aims to improve the livelihood of fisherfolk and boost shared efforts in protecting, preserving and managing the sea as a source of life and aquatic resources.
Elmie Cabaldo, 47, a Dumagat member of barangay Dimapula, said the volume of her husband’s and colleagues’ catch increased when they already used the fiberglass boats given by BFAR early this year.
Cabaldo attributed the good catch to the sturdiness of the
fiberglass boats, adding that their old wooden boat was vulnerable to damage because of the hard hit of waves.
Meanwhile, Nolie Alvarez, 52, also a Dumagat member of barangay Dicatian, said their family was chosen by BFAR to plant mangrove propagules along the coastal shores of Divilacan.
Alvarez said they received P20,000 last year as compensation for planting mangrove propagules in two different areas in Divilacan.
Milagros explained that under the BFAR’s mangrove development program, fisherfolk were tapped as volunteers.
Under the program, BFAR will buy propagules from fishers’ groups at P2 each, pay fishermen P1.50 for each propagule planted, and another P2.50 when the propagule has survived and developed. (ALM/MDCT/PIA-2)
Source: PIA Feed