The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) earmarked P3 million for the manufacture of fiberglass boats which will be crafted and used by selected fisherfolk in the island-town of President Carlos P. Garcia (CPG).
Provincial Fisheries Officer Leo Bongalos said that the BFAR and Department of Social Welfare and Development chose 170 poorest of the poor fishermen in the town as beneficiaries of the project.
To fill up the roster of beneficiaries, the departments also handpicked several participants from the neighboring town of Talibon, he added
The chosen fishermen from CPG and Talibon are undergoing a two-month training on building the non-motorized bancas under the BFARâ€™s Regional Fisheries and Fisherfolk Coordination Center.
Bongalos said that the initiative was created to provide livelihood to residents of the town and minimize unauthorized activities such as illegal logging.
He also noted that the initiative is likely to be adopted by local government units in Bohol to also provide livelihood to residents in their respective towns.
The same project is also being implemented by BFAR in other cities and towns in Central Visayas and neighboring provinces in other regions. (Rey Tutas)
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