Sustainable livelihood, marketing fund assistance, and fishing paraphernalia, all worth P1,298,790, were distributed to agri-fishery organizations from several cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental yesterday.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turnover of checks and projects to the chairpersons of the beneficiary organizations, in rites held at the provincial Capitol lobby in Bacolod City.
The beneficiaries are the 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 – Sagay City, Small Fishermen Association of Brgy. IX of Victorias City, Yubo Women and Farm Workers Association – La Carlota City, Can-itom Integrated Fisherfolk Association – Bago City, Barangay Robles Farmers Association – La Castellana, and Punta Batang Grower Association of Himamaylan City.
They received projects, such as rice and fish trading, fishery-based livelihood project, fishing boat livelihood project, agri-fishery retailing store, and fishing supplies retailing store, that will benefit 340 members, a press release from the Capitol said.
Meanwhile, the Washington Coastal Protectors and Seaweeds Farmers Association of Escalante City, Guiwanon Small Fisherfolk Association – Sagay City, Small Fishermen Association of Brgy. IX of Victorias City, Punta Batang Talaba Grower Association, and the Purok Aloe Vera Small Fishermen Association of Himamaylan City received fishing paraphernalia.
Lacson said he hopes the project will be a big help to the agri-fishery organizations and urged them 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.
Lacson urged the farmers and fisherfolk to consider the Covid-19 vaccine for their own protection, and to move toward more economic activities and development.
The activity was spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, headed by Japhet Masculino.
AID TO DEPED
Lacson also led the turnover of 75 Risograph machines and Knowledge Channel’s portable media libraries to the 33 districts under the DepEd Division of Negros Occidental in rites held at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City recently.
The machines will be used for the production of printed modules for elementary and secondary schools, while the media library is a comprehensive educational tool that contains interactive learning programs for teachers and learners, the press release said.
Lacson said the provincial government is always supportive of the DepEd programs that benefit students, and the project is among the adaptive responses to the needs of alternative learning as the pandemic continues to run its course.
Curriculum Implementation Division chief Zaldy Reliquias gave a brief orientation about the project to the beneficiaries, and said he is thankful to the partnership of DepEd Negros Occidental and the provincial government in the realization of the project. The turnover ceremony was attended by Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee of Education, executive assistant to the governor Charina Magallanes–Tan, DepEd Negros Occ. Schools Division superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca, School Governance and Operations Division chief Romeo Sison, Division PTA Federation president Udrick Magbanua Jr., NOHS principal Mario Amaca, public schools district supervisors, and teachers.*