Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental -It was Christmas in June for some one hundred twenty-four fisherfolks and their families who were made beneficiaries of the P 2,905,474.00 DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) grant, released lately by the DOLE-Negros Island Region thru its Negros Oriental Field Office (NORFO).
Recipients of the livelihood aid include the Lutoban Fisherfolk Association of Zamboanguita town raking the amount of P 727,600.00 for its Floating Gill Net with Power Lamp project, the Basak United Fisherfolks Livelihood Association and the Basak Farmers Association for Development of Barangay Basak, Guihulngan City, who receive P 1,418,139.00 and P759,735.00 for the acquisition of a Fishing Boat with fishnet and Motorized Bangca, respectively.
In her report to DOLE-NIR Director Atty. Johnson Canete, NORFO Head Marites Mercado bared that the DOLE grant aided projects are expected to improve the socio-economic conditions of fishermen in Guihulngan City and Zamboanguita, along with, the promotion of a sustainable and environmentally responsible fresh-water fishing.
"Fishing is way of life in the coastal communities of the province. It plays an indespensable part in shaping local economy, the DOLE partners with the fishing sector in jointly fighting poverty by providing decent livelihood opportunities to guarntee a better and brighter future for their children and communities” Mercado said.
She added that said livelihood grants will also advantge some 520 indirect recipients which include the relatives of association members and small businessess in neighbouring villages who depend on the fishermen's daily catch.
The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) has three program components namely livelihood formation, restoration and enhancement.
DILP priority groups are urban poor, differently abled person, youth, indigenous people, displaced workers, parents of child laborers, disadvantaged women, landless farmers and fisherfolks.
Under its Livelihood Formation component, DILP enables the long-term unemployed poor in the informal economy to engage to engage in livelihood undertakings to make them productive, particularly the youth, women, differently-abled persons and indigenous peoples.
On Livelihood Restortion, the program prepares the workers in the informal economy who were affected by natural calamities, disasters armed conflicts restore their lost livelihood resources.
While, the Livelihood Enhancement, facilitate the self-employed workers in the informl economy grow into a viable and sustainable business that provide income at par with the minimum wage earners.