CITY OF LEGAZPI – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) office in Region 5 (Bicol) has released some PHP 1.7 million in livelihood assistance to typhoon-affected fishermen displaced in Dimasalang, Masbate .
In an interview on Wednesday, Johana Vi Gasga, spokesperson for DOLE-Bicol, said the aid was part of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).
“Said fund will be used to purchase Kabuhayan starter kits or fishing equipment such as new fiberglass motorized boats, gasoline engines, shafts, cross joints, rudder and other fishing gear at benefiting at least 66 affected local fishermen from different barangays in Dimasalang town. ,” she said.
For her part, the provincial director of DOLE-Masbate, Ma. Ella. E. Verano, said that after Typhoon Jolina hit the province in September, people were struggling to get back on their feet and needed immediate support to recover.
“In order to help the victims of the typhoon, especially the displaced fishermen, to regain their ability to earn a living, immediate support is needed and that is why the Department of Labor is there to provide immediate help through assistance. to livelihoods which will surely bring a range of hope to the beneficiaries, ”Verano said in a statement.
She said areas like Dimasalang city, where nearly a third of the population relies heavily on fishing activities, have been severely affected not only by the natural calamity, but also by the prevailing global health crisis.
Meanwhile, the regional director of DOLE-5 Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said, “Tuloy-tuloy can support and help DOLE-Bicol in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Asahan po ninyo na palagi kaming nandito, taos-pusong magglilingkod in everything about aming makakaya. (DOLE-Bicol’s help and support is continually extended to our workers, especially those affected by the typhoon and those suffering from Covid-19. Rest assured that we are always here, with all our hearts for you. serve as much as we can). “
Likewise, she said, DOLE-Bicol aims to help another fishing community in Cawayan, Masbate, through a project proposed by an association called “Fish Tapa Production” which aims to help residents alleviate the impact of the typhoon and contribute to their food. security and resilience in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“Our efforts to provide livelihood programs and employment opportunities to people and workers affected by the typhoon may not be enough, but we will do everything possible to retain them until they are. back on their feet and fishing again, so they may be able to provide adequate food and income support for their families, ”Campita added. (ANP)