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34 Oro Cugman Divers Association receive hope from DOLE-X

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- “Halos nawad-an mi ug paglaom sukad nga niabot ang pandemya – ang among panginabuhian apektado kaayo ug lisod kaayo ang pagpangita ug trabaho kay daghan nagsira nga mga establismento ug kompanya.  Giantos namo nga mangisda bisan kulang sa gamit para lang makakaon ang among pamily,” [We almost lost hope when this pandemic affected our means of livelihood. It is very difficult to look for jobs since many establishments closed. We endured fishing despite the lack of proper tools and equipment as long as we could make end meets with our family.] said Mr. Benjie Mangubat, president of Cugman Divers Association during the turnover ceremony of the approved Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integration Livelihood Program (DILP) Fishing Project on 29 August 2021 at Barangay Cugman, here.


DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro City Field Office (CDO FO) Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo said the 34 active members of the Cugman Divers Association was organized three years ago and registered with DOLE on April 2021 with the goal of creating self-help project that would benefit the members.  Majority of them are volunteers to the Bantay Dagat - a group of volunteers that oversees the operation of fish sanctuary in the area and police the seashore against any illegal fishing activities.


Most of the members used to work in different business establishments in the city before the pandemic hit the country, greatly affecting the economy.  They lost their jobs due to the closure of business establishments and instead pursued fishing activities to generate alternative income.


The group was endorsed by the Chairperson of the Local Government Unit of CDO City Councilor for Labor and Employment – Ms. Girlie Balaba for assistance to the DILP which DOLE approved the proposed fishing project amounting to Php 242,125.00.


“Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa DOLE-X nga gihatagan kami niiing duha ka motorized bangka aron mapasayon ug magapadayon kami sa pagpangisda nga dili na moabang pa sa uban. Masiguro na namo nga makanunayon na ang among pagpanagat ug dili na kami moabang pa og bangka pinaagi niini nga project. Among paningkamutan nga molambo kini nga proyekto ug makatabang sa among mga miyembro,” Mangubat said.


[Our immense gratitude to DOLE-X for granting two motorized fishing boats which will make our jobs easier, especially that we will not rent them anymore. We could ensure continued and sustained fishing activities. We expect that this project will grow and financially support more members.]


Chief Toledo reminded the beneficiary-organization to optimize the use of the bangkas to increase their income so that every family will have food on their tables.   He encouraged all members to actively participate in the project and ensure that the project will fully achieve its objectives. 


“Ang DOLE-X kanunayong mosuporta sa mga benepisyaryo sa DILP aron mapalambo ang proyekto.  Kung makita sa among buhatan nga maayo ug nilambo ang proyekto, kami dili magdumili sa pagdugang niini sa umaabot nga mga tuig,” Toledo said. [DOLE-X continually supports the DILP beneficiaries in the project’s growth. If our office will see that there is increase in the profit of the project, we would not hesitate to add assistance in the years to come.]


The DILP is a component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the informal sectors through creation of projects/small business and providing assistance in the forms of materials, equipment, jigs, tools and operating capital.


 End/Akisa G. Boriongan/DOLE-X CDO FO




(From left) Cugman Barangay Kagawad Maribeth Lacre, City Councilor Girlie Balaba and DOLE X-

CDO FO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo lead the turnover of livelihood fishing project to Barangay

Cugman Divers Association (2 nd row/back) on 29 August 2021 at Brgy. Cugman, Cagayan de Oro

City. (Photo source: FO CDO/DOLE X)


The members of Cugman Divers Association thumbs-up the receipt of the DILP Fishing Project of 2

motorized fishing boats with marine engine and diving apparatuses worth PhP 242,125.00 on 29


August 2021 at Brgy. Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: FO CDO/DOLE X)


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