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DOLE grants boat, paddle boards to boost tourism industry in Calapan City

CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA through its Oriental Mindoro Field Office (Ormin FO) in partnership with barangay Lazareto as an accredited co-partner (ACP), turned-over a tourist boat and five (5) paddle boards amounting to P650,000.00 to Kabuhayan at Kalikasan para sa Mamamayan ng Brgy. Lazareto (KAKAMBAL) as the beneficiary association last 28 September 2020.

Lazareto, situated in the coastal area of this city, is adjacent to Harka Piloto fish sanctuary and a tourist destination where snorkeling and other water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding can be enjoyed. 

KAKAMBAL, a DOLE-registered association with thirty-five fisherfolk members, saw the aforesaid water activities as potential opportunity not only for tourism but also to augment the members’ livelihood and earnings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awarded tourist boat, which has the capacity to board at least 30 adult passengers, equipped with life vest, and powered by two engines, shall be used as means of transportation in going to and coming from the tourist areas in the barangay.

Moreover, to preserve the rich tourist destination, the boat will also be used for maintaining and monitoring the areas in cooperation with the barangay officials and the community.

KAKAMBAL President Marilou F. de Leon thanked the department including the ACP and the City Government of Calapan for their commitments to provide livelihood to their organization, and said; “Thank you very much to DOLE as well as the barangay and the city government of Calapan for the strong commitment in reaching the marginalized sector by providing livelihood assistance.  We promised to take good care of it”.

In response, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib through his Provincial Director Roderick F. Tamacay told the members and officers of KAKAMBAL to have a very long cord of patience since tourism industry is one of the hardest hit industries in the Philippines due to COVID-19 pandemic.  “In this time of pandemic where people are afraid to go out of their houses for fear of being infected, there is a need to have a very long cord of patience.  Wait until the situation is normalized, the tourism industry will be fully reopened, and customers are coming in. Take good care of them and exercise honesty and good faith.  This is how we advertised our trade”.

This department’s assistance is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

End/Ma. Lesly I. Romero



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