Fisherfolk Victims of Yolanda in Estancia receives boats and fish pens to revive livelihood

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DIWA Party-list in its continued efforts to rehabilitate areas affected by Yolanda has partnered with a US-based organization, NOLA, which stands for New Orleans Louisiana to provide livelihood to fishermen of the coastal town of Estancia, Iloilo. Estancia was gravely affected by Yolanda and all the fishermen’s boats were wiped out, practically taking away their source of livelihood. NOLA launched a campaign called NOLA loves the Philippines to raise funds for Estancia, Iloilo and they were able to raise almost $70,000.

Last July 19, even amidst unfortunate weather, DIWA Party-list and NOLA turned over the first batch of 10 Boats and fish pens (punot) to the fisherfolk of various communities in Estancia, Iloilo. The boats donated by NOLA Loves the Philippines for the program were distributed to fisherfolk of Brgy. Loguingot, while fish pens and nets were provided for the fisherfolk of Brgy. Gogo and San Roque. The 20 ft wooden boats are carefully conceptualized and constructed in accordance to the preferences of the Fisherfolk as reflected by the results of a survey conducted earlier.

DIWA Party-list Chairman PDG Edgar B. Aglipay (PNP Ret.), NOLA Representative Ella Aglipay, Mayor Rene Cordero, and Brgy. Captains Venus Clariza (Pa-on), Rodrigo D. Caneso (Loguingot), Juditha D. Mosqueda (Gogo) and Edgar G. Gonzales (San Roque) facilitated the turn over ceremonies of the Boats and fish pens.

The beneficiaries of the program along with other fisher folk are also currently in the process of formally organizing their own cooperative. The members of the cooperative will contribute a certain percentage of their income to generate enough resources to fund the purchase of additional boats for the fishermen who do not have their own fishing boats.

Soon the DIWA Party-list and NOLA will distribute the second batch of boats and fish pens to Estancia, Iloilo. Brgy. Pa-on, who initially requested for small boats, shall be provided with a bigger boat for the second batch of distribution as the fisher folk in the area prefer a bigger boat which can accommodate up to 25 fishermen.

DIWA Party-list continues to provide various livelihood programs nationwide, and this proves the commitment and dedication of DIWA Party-list in providing sustainable assistance to the Filipino community.

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