Dumangas folks get P20M livelihood fund
While they opposed the establishment of a fuel depot in its coast, Dumangas fisher folks and oyster farmers received a commitment of a P20 million livelihood fund through the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Production Loan Easy Access.
Dumangas is one of the richest oyster production area of Panay Island and has about 4,500 hectares of fishponds.
Agriculture Chief Emmanuel Piñol said the local government unit of the town also asked for support in developing some 500 hectares of abandoned fishponds into a mangrove replanting area where the poor families could grow crabs.
“The project received a commitment of support from the Agriculture Department and I instructed DA Regional Director Remelyn Recoter and BFAR 6 Director Remia Aparri to support the farmers and fisher folks in establishing a “Bakawan” nursery whose production of mangrove planting materials will be paid for by the Department,” Piñol said.
“It was a moment of jubilation for the small fisher folks who said that for the first time they felt that government really listen to them and protected their livelihood against the interests of big business,” he added.