A total of P1,298,790 in sustainable livelihood, marketing fund assistance and fishing paraphernalia were distributed to agri-fishery organizations and rural women groups from the different cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, today. February 22.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turnover of checks and projects to the chairpersons of the beneficiary organizations, at rites held at the Capitol lobby in Bacolod City.
The recipients were the e Buluangan Fisherfolk Association Inc. and Caimito Marginal Fisherfolk Association of San Carlos City, Washington Coastal Protectors and Seaweeds Farmers Associations of Escalante City, Guiwanon Small Fisherfolk Association of Sagay City, Small Fishermen Association of Brgy. IX of Victorias City, Yubo Women and Farm Workers Association of La Carlota City, Can-itom Integrated Fisherfolk Association of Bago City, Barangay Robles Farmers Association of La Castellana, and Punta Batang Grower Association of Himamaylan City, a press release from the Capitol said.
The Capitol assistance will be used for rice and fish trading, fishery-based livelihood, fishing boats, and agri-fishery and fishing supplies retailing stores, that will benefit 340 persons.
Meanwhile, the Washington Coastal Protectors and Seaweeds Farmers Association of Escalante City, Guiwanon Small Fisherfolk Association of Sagay City, Small Fishermen Association of Brgy. IX of Victorias City, and Punta Batang Talaba Grower Association and Purok Aloe Vera Small Fishermen Association of Himamaylan City received fishing paraphernalia.
Lacson said he hopes the projects will be a big help to the agri-fishery organizations. He urged the recipients to use the project well for the improvement of their livelihood.
He also advised the chairpersons of each organization to lead with transparency and good management.
The governor also urged the farmers and fisherfolk to be open to COVID-19 vaccines for their own protection, and to move forward towards more economic activities and development.*
The activity was spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist headed by Japhet Masculino.*