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For better catch and increased yields; fishermen in Siquijor now into enhanced fishing

Cebu City, Philippines. Payaw Fishing has always been the traditional way of fishing for the majority of the fisher folks in Sinquijor especially in the town of San Juan.

But compared to just using the traditional payaw or payao that is simply made of a constructed bamboo raft, one fisherman said he really would like to use a more advance and modern structure that can help increase their catch.

The dream of the members of the Ihalason Fisherfolk Association of San Juan has finally come true after the Department of Labor and Employment recently released to them their livelihood assistance amounting to more than Php800,000.00.

According to DOLE Negros Oriental Field Office and Siquijor Field Office Chief, Marites G. Mercado, the assistance benefited fifty-one (51) members of the association, who are now equipped with an enhanced set of fishing gears and materials for their Payaw Fishing.

“Fishing is the main source of income for the townspeople in San Juan. With this livelihood grant, we hope that their lives will be improved as their income is expected to get better through increased fishing yields using their new fishing equipment,” said Mercado.

The grant, she continued, is seen boosting the fishery sector in the area as beneficiaries are now armed with the right fishing gears.

Apart from the livelihood grant, beneficiaries also received trainings and orientations on business planning, basic entrepreneurship development, productivity, workers’ safety and health and production skills.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that the provision of such trainings is essential in making beneficiaries socially prepared and ready to handle and operationalize their livelihood project.

She congratulated the Ihalason Fisherfolk Association of San Juan and urged the members and officers to truly take care of the assistance they received from DOLE adding that, “It is not every day that the Department releases livelihood assistance to just anyone. Beneficiaries must be able to prove to themselves, most importantly, that they are deserving recipients of the livelihood assistance. And they can do that by making their project sustainable and lasting.”

Association President, Mr. Esver Buhian said that said livelihood grant is a blessing for all of them. “This is a big help that will boost our income especially now that the pandemic is not over. As the president of the association, I will always be grateful to DOLE,” he said.

He vowed to take good care of and forever protect their project, while assuring that the livelihood grant will provide a stable means of income for the rest of the dependents of their members.





For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at


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