A total of 24 fishermen from South Lamidan, Don Marcelino in Davao Occidental province do not have to rent or borrow fishing boats anymore to sustain their daily food needs and livelihood.

Thanks to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which continues to provide support to the Pantawid beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Arthur Diaz, SLP Davao Occidental Provincial Coordinator, reported that DSWD regional office turned over new set of non-motorized bancas to 24 fishermen of South Lamidan, a coastal village in Don Marcelino.

Diaz said the beneficiaries primarily depend on the province’s rich coastal and marine resources.
“That is why from there, we made sure that they get what they really need and that they use what is already available in their area,” Diaz said.

This is not the first time that DSWD provided fishing boats to Pantawid beneficiaries relying on the sea for food and income.

Last April, DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat led the turnover of 21 fishing boats and fishing accessories to seven coastal barangays in San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

DSWD’s SLP, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services are the three major poverty-reduction programs of the government being spearheaded by DSWD.

DSWD has strengthened SLP to complement the cash grants provided by the Pantawid Pamilya to its beneficiaries. It is open to non-members who have been identified as poor by the DSWD’s Listahanan and come from marginalized and vulnerable sectors from 1,605 municipalities all over the country.

SLP seeks to increase the economic opportunities of Filipinos and offers micro-enterprise development which supports micro enterprises to become organizationally and economically viable; and, employment facilitation which assists Filipinos to access appropriate job opportunities. (LCM/PNA)