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Farmers, fishers get livelihood aid from DOLE

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Several livelihood financial support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 6 were recently handed to the farmers and fisherfolk in Western Visayas.

Some 80 beneficiaries in the northern part of Estancia, a coastal town in Iloilo province, benefited from the P1.2 million livelihood assistance of the labor department.

A check worth P600,000.00 for the sari-sari store, food vending projects, motor engines, and fishing gear, was turned over to the 40 beneficiaries in the island barangay of Bayas, while another P600,000.00 was released to the same number of beneficiaries of Brgy. Pa-on.

Farmers from Lemery town in Iloilo also received several projects and interventions from DOLE 6 to augment and provide alternative livelihood, particularly to those who strive mainly from farming.

Around 40 beneficiaries from Brgy. Nasapahan and 35 from Brgy. Agpipili was covered with the P1,000,000.00 financial grant for the livelihood projects.

In particular, the Nasapahan Rice and Corn Farmers Association was provided with P500,000.00 assistance for the first-of-its-kind rice mill machine in the

barangay, equipped with 4DR5 engine shifter, wire mesh, belts and pulley, fittings, and accessories.

Meanwhile, the Agpipili OFWs and Families Association was given agricultural inputs worth P500,000.00 for a retail store that will enhance accessibility and lessen expenses of the farmers who used to travel seven to eight kilometers to buy their agricultural needs.

In the province of Antique, DOLE 6 has also recently turned over a total of P1,250,000.00 livelihood support, which intends to enhance the Coco Food Enterprise, noting that it is the first engagement of Anini-y town  in coconut food production.

A total of 68 beneficiaries, mostly fisherfolk and farmers, including senior citizens and members of the marginalized sectors, are set to benefit from the livelihood support project.

The recipients also got equipment and accessories for the production of coconut

products such as virgin coconut oil, buko pies, and macaroons, while part of the financial grant is intended for the enhancement of fishing bancas and the provision of fishing materials.

Per DOLE 6 news releases, the livelihood projects could provide alternative income during lean months and in times of calamities, considering that the main sources of livelihood in the region are agriculture and fisheries industries.

"We want to exploit what they have and their capacity to produce. The financial assistance will surely complement their respective industries and the abundance of resources in their backyards," said DOLE 6 regional director lawyer Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr.

Rodriguez also encouraged the beneficiaries to sustain the livelihood projects and assured them of DOLE’s readiness to help in their future endeavors. (AAL/AGP/PIA 6 with reports from DOLE 6)

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