Fisherfolks in mining community makes maiden voyage
As part of its Social Development Management Program (SDMP) for this year, Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. (AMVI) provided motorized pump boat engines and paddle boats to three of its host fishing communities in Barangays Lawigan, Tagpangahoy and Tinigbasan of this municipality.
To date, fishing is an inherited trade of the coastal community, which engages in daily fishing activities as their main source of livelihood as well as food for their families. Each of the households in the community has about four to eight members.
In a handover ceremony led by Agata General Manager Emilio T. Figueroa III and Community Relations Officer Jonathan Bañez, the company recently completed the delivery of 38 pump boat engines and 33 paddle boats that will benefit more than 180 fisherfolk household-members in the three fishing villages.
Moving forward, the company is preparing another batch of paddle boats to be given to the next batch of beneficiary fishermen.
A fisherman normally earns more than P500 a day with the use of an engine-driven pumpboat for fishing since it can go farther and return faster while their catch is still fresh. They can also make more than one trip out to sea whenever the weather permits.
Likewise, a typical paddle boat can earn a fisherman at least P200 a day. Most Tubaynons have not been fishing daily since they have old and risky boats.
Now with the arrival of the new paddleboats, they are assured and confident to venture out every day.