DA to give 300 fishing boats

AGRICULTURE Sec. Emmanuel Piñol will be turning over 300 motorized bancas and fishing equipment to the city during next month’s Kadayawan Festival.

Piñol and Mayor Sara Duterte have reportedly discussed the need for assistance from the agency, especially with a large portion of the city’s informal settlers relying on fishing as a means of living.

The scheme targets two families to share one banca, to encourage a “sharing of responsibilities” among members of the community.

“We are targeting 600 poorest families as beneficiaries of the project,” he said.  “This is one of our interventions to address the poverty experienced by the fishery sector.”

The fishing boat, which is made of fiberglass and with the complete set of fishing equipment, costs P70,000 each.

Piñol said the Davao City local government will be tasked to identify project beneficiaries.

Earlier this month, the city council approved on first reading a request by the City Mayor’s Office for legislative authority to donate fishing equipment to at least three barangays in another program.

The program falls under the national government’s Bottom-up-Budgeting program.

The city government, through the City Agriculturist’s Office’s fisheries section, is hoping to donate one 7.5hp motorized banca, five non-motorized bancas, and one weighing scale to Purok 13 Barangay Tibungco Fisherfolk Association (PUBATIFA); five non-motorized bancas to the Bunawan-based Calderon Fisherfolk Association (CFA); and one motorized and 10 non-motorized bancas and one weighing scale to the Matina Aplaya Fisherfolk Association.

The 12 x 24 x 19 King Eagle motorized banca is estimated to cost P43,250 each, while the 12 x 18 x 14 non-motorized bancas are worth P10,000 each.

The 10-kg capacity weighing scales are worth P1,200 each.

The city government will monitor the use of the donated items for five years, according to a copy of the deed of donation.

Agriculture chair Marissa Salvador Abella said the donation falls under the city’s Fishery Resource Management Program of the Municipal Fishery Development Project of the BUB for 2014.

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