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1,250 kilos milkfish first harvest; Plaridel fishermen

OROQUIETA CITY, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL --- The Eastern Looc Fisherfolks Association of Bawbawon, Brgy. Panalsalan, Plaridel was thankful to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) livelihood financial assistance in its first harvest of a total of 1,250 kilos of milkfish on 26 March 2021.


DOLE-X Misamis Occidental (Mis. Occ.) Provincial Field Office (PFO) Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo said the livelihood assistance was granted through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). The Milkfish Production Project was funded with PhP300,000.00 worth of financial assistance for the procurement of fingerlings, feeds and netting materials on 25 November 2020. Within the milkfish culture period of four months, the said stocking harvest was in time for the Holy Week/Lenten season demand of fish. Rodrigo also said that the project is expected to generate two croppings per year.


Likewise, Association President Arsenio A. Guillena said the project has low investment but resulted high productivity and easy production management. The readily-available feed supply promoted the rapid development increase of the fishing industry.


Moreover, Guillena said their project is apt with the government’s thrust of “Aquaculture through Rural Development” which is gearing towards the implementation of alternative livelihood through other options like fish cage and other marine culture projects.


 “This is the main reason why the association introduced fish caging as the method of milkfish production in the community to divert marginal fishermen from overfishing in their municipal waters and instead practice the ecologically-friendly and sustainable methods of raising and catching fish,” Guillena said.


“Gibaligya ra namo ug PhP100.00 per kilo ang small-sized bangus; PhP115.00 sa medium size; ug PhP125.00 sa large. Barato na ni kompara sa merkado pero reserved na pud ni tanan karon kay naa na mi sure buyers. Kahalin pud mi ani ug PhP150,000.00 suma total,” (We have sold the the small-sized milkfish at PhP100.00 per kilo; PhP 115.00 for medium sized; and PhP 125.00 for the large. Our prices are cheaper and can compete with the market price, hence enabled us to have sure buyers and even before the harvest, we already have reservations. We sold a total of PhP150,000.00) Guillena said.


The association will divide the total sales for the expenses on fish pen maintenance, procurement of feeds and new sets of fingerlings. They expected the next six months instead of the minimum of four for the next harvest to produce bigger sizes of milkfish to be sold in a higher price, as well as address the increase of fish supply demand commensurate with the number consumer population.


In behalf of all the 28 employed beneficiaries, Guillena said the DOLE livelihood opportunity has economically improved the lives of their members. He said, “Aside sa among pagka small-time na mga mangingisda, nanghinaot mi nga ma-negosyante mi puhon ani among project. Karon paningkamotan namo ang tanan namo makaya na mupadayon ang livelihood. Para ma sustain ang negosyo, ga-scheduling mi sa among mga myembro para magbahog sa mga bangus. Buyag ang ginansya kada harvest ani, maka-supporta pud ug halos isa ka bulan sa mga panginahanglan sa among tagsa ka pamilya.” (Aside from being small-time fishermen, we are hoping that we will be successful businessmen with this project. We are trying everything we can to continue the project. To sustain, we scheduled the time of our members to feed the milkfish. From the profits generated in our first harvest, we have observed that it can support our monthly family expenses.)


Rodrigo is all in support to the success and expansion of the project, especially in improving the sources of income of the 28 employed beneficiaries. Rodrigo said that this is the main aim of the government’s DILEEP on poverty alleviation especially to the most vulnerable workers in the community. DOLE-X continues to extend assistance to the public in its program implementation in observance with the safety and preventive measures in the control of COVID-19 virus.


End/Lorraine M. Roa/DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO




Eastern Looc Fisherfolks Association harvests a total of 1,250 kilos of milkfish on 26 March 2021 at Bawbawon, Brgy. Panalsalan, Plaridel. (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)


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