PR | Posted on Sept. 15, 2020
Over P4 million pesos in livelihood assistance was recently released to more than 200 beneficiaries in the province of Bohol.
Beneficiaries, who are mostly farmers and fisher folks, come from the six (6) barangays of the municipality of Guindulman, a coastal town located in the southeastern part of the province.
“From the 6 different barangays of Guindulaman, 6 associations also have become the latest recipients of the DOLE livelihood program in the province,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.
In Looc, Guinacot, the Guinacot Fisherfolk Association received Php950,000.00 for their All Season Fishing Project. The 54 members of the association will soon be equipped with more advanced fishing gears that will help them increase their catch and augment their income.
“All association members are experienced fishermen but with the assistance they got from the DOLE, they are now targeting to be successful in their small scale commercial fishing project,” said Director Siaton.
Still for their All Season Fishing Project, the 54 members of the Isla Kuratan Fisher Folks Association (IKFA) in East Guinacot, got Php607,150.00 cash aid.
The fish vendors in the neighborhood as well as the stalls located in the malls of the nearby towns are the potential buyers of their catch, added the Regional Director.
In barangay Central Lombog, the Lombog Tilapia Growers Association will soon engage with Tilapia Production after they received Php323,115.00 financial assistance from the Department.
According to Ricardo S. Escabusa, association representative, they are now excited to start operating their project. He said they will be using their existing fish pond hoping that as soon as things are already set in place, they will be able to start selling fresh and quality fish in the community and to the adjacent towns.
For the Basdio Farmers and Fishermen Association in barangay Basdio, over 50 of its members are now preparing for the full operations of their Eco-Tourism (Diving Rental and Services). With Php890,220.00 financial assistance they received from the DOLE, the group sees a bright future for their business considering that their area is a known dive spot.
According to DOLE Bohol Field Office OIC Maria Corazon Monroid, most of the members are already equipped with diving skills and a diving license.
“Diving is one of the most promising economic activities in the area so this is seen as something that makes the project very feasible,” she said.
In Purok 3, Guio-ang, another group is set to venture into an undertaking, which Teodoro T. Seroje, association representative said is a very promising business since they already have direct market for their products.
The Guio-ang Agrarian Reform Community Beneficiary Cooperative will be engaging with Ginger Production and Processing and Marketing Enterprise. And for that, they received Php999,297.00 worth of livelihood funds from the DOLE. The group is a proud partner of some of the most frequented malls and supermarkets not just in Guindulman but also in the neighboring municipalities.
The Kahugpungang Mamumuo Ug Gagmayng Mag-uuma Lumad sa Biabas (KAMAGAMALUB) in barangay Biabas, on the other hand, will be venturing into Peanut Butter Processing and Marketing. A start-up business that is seen by the members to augment their income by at least Php4,000.00 per month.
Romeo Cayacay, project manager, said that, “Among gipili kining maong business tungod kay ang among membro naa nay kahimanan sa paghimo ug peanut butter. Naa nami direct market para sa among produkto ug naa rapud sa among area ang mga raw materials like peanuts nga gikinahanglan.”
Director Siaton said that the DOLE, thru its Regional Project Management Team (RPMT), ensures beneficiaries’ easy access to the Department’s Kabuhayan program, while seeing to it that those with viable and feasible project proposals will benefit from it.
“The livelihood assistance of DOLE intends to provide beneficiaries with additional inputs, implements, jigs and materials for their respective livelihood projects. With this, we hope to help enhance their productivity and profitability thereby making their undertakings lasting,” said the Regional Head.
The local government unit of Guindulman acts as the DOLE’s partner in the implementation of the projects of beneficiaries.
“As our partner, we expect them to help us ensure that the execution of these projects is done effectively and efficiently,” she finally said.