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DOLE OrMin awards livelihood grants for the fisherfolks


July 11, 2017.     DOLE – Oriental Mindoro Field Office awarded the total amount of P723,587.00 to Brgy. Silonay, Calapan City as its Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in the Fish Production and Dolphin Watching Project of the Sama-samang Nagkakaisang Pamayanan ng Silonay (SNPS), a people’s organization registered with the DOLE since October 4, 2007.

Barangay Silonay is a fishing community with almost 90% population engaged in fishing activities (from catching, buying up to selling/retailing of fish catches).   SPNS has 102 members, majority are full-time fishermen and the rest are women who are also into fishing and related activities. They catch crabs, milk fishes, and prawns. 

The amount granted by DOLE, as explained by Engr. Juliana H. Ortega- Field Office Head in her short message, shall be used by the Government Unit of Brgy Silonay for the procurement of six (6) motorized bancas, fishing gears, other equipment and materials needed to run the business.Success and sustainability of the business which primarily lie in the leadership and cooperation among and between the members and leaders, until it grows into a community enterprise that will generate more jobs in the future is what the DOLE expects from the organization and the barangay officials of Silonay,” she added.  Barangay officials were also reminded to liquidate the grant by submitting Liquidation Reports to the Commission on Audit (COA) within sixty (60) days from receipt of the said grant and to furnish DOLE a copy of Liquidation Report  filed, and stamped received by the COA.

Barangay Chairman Benecio Vergara, on the other hand, assured DOLE that the purchase of bancas, equipment and materials shall be done in accordance with the COA Rules and Regulations on Procurement.  He further said, that as a sign of cooperation and support, barangay officials will assist in monitoring the project and will coordinate with DOLE as the needs arise.

The President of SNPS, Mr. Celso S. Gado, extended his gratitude to DOLE-MIMAROPA people, most especially to Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor for the trust given to them. The group considered this as a bigger opportunity and blessings, as well, toward achieving a brighter tomorrow for their children/families. With the grant provided, he added, members and officers are now very inspired to work better with unity, trust, and cooperation. According to him, the bancas will be used not only for fishing activities, but can also be rented by local and foreign tourists who want to experience fishing and dolphin watching along Calapan Bay.

The Fish Production and Dolphin Watching Project is implemented under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) - the department’s response to the government’s thrust to reduce poverty through massive job generation.


 Also present during the awarding were Ramezes R. Torres and Mary Ann B. Dudas, DILEEP Focal Person and Alternate DILEEP Focal Person, respectively, Karen Bugarin – Program Manager of DILEEP at DOLE-MIMAROPA and staff of Dr. Eder Apolinar M. Redublo from Calapan City PESO .


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