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5-M worth of motorized fishing boats and fishing implements distributed in Tayasan, Negros Oriental



Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. One hundred twenty fishermen in Tayasan, Negros Oriental last week received motorized boats and fishing implements amounting to Php5,601,900.00 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7). 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao, who personally turned-over the assistance to beneficiaries, said that each one received a motor-powered fishing boat in addition to fishing gears such as gill nets and lamps, among others. 

Beneficiaries come from the coastal barangays of Lutay, Poblacion, Palasan, Sta. Cruz, and Matu-og whose main source of income is fishing. 

“With the shift from their traditional way of fishing using paddle boats to more efficient motorized boats, we hope that they would now be able to augment their income,” said Director Ticao. 

Reiterating the government’s commitment in helping the marginalized sector gain equal access to livelihood opportunities, he urged the fishermen to give importance to what they received from the DOLE. 

During the turn-over ceremony, the DOLE-7 Head underscored the one-of-a-kind opportunity provided to beneficiaries, which he said must be equated with care and value in order to help sustain their livelihood undertakings. 

“What would commonly trigger the rise of conflicts is disrespect. I fervently hope that in the group, mutual trust and open communication is promoted and maintained. It’s not every day, that the DOLE readily distributes motorized boats and other forms of assistance. This is a rare opportunity that beneficiaries should be able to nurture, take care of, and protect,” added the Director. 

Mayor Susano Ruperto Jr., representing the local government unit of Tayasan, thanked the DOLE for the making sure that its programs and services are felt by his constituents. Assuring the Department that beneficiaries would take full responsibility of the blessings they got, he said, “Among ampingan ug palambo-on kining proyekto sa DOLE kay kini ang katumanan sa among dugay na nga damgo nga makibhangan ang matag-adlaw nga kawad-on sa atong mga mananagat.” 

He likewise asked his constituents to adhere to their municipal ordinance that protects the town’s marine sanctuary by not engaging with prohibited fishing methods. 

Also present during the turn-over ceremony and blessing of fishing equipment and materials were Negros Oriental Field Office (DOLE-NOFO) Chief Marites G. Mercado, Tayasan Vice- Mayor Sol Beton, Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Arnaiz and other municipal officials. 

The grant was made possible under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency and Employment Program (DILEEP).

 End/LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from Bless D. Padua of NOFO 

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

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