P102-M for farmers, fisherfolk PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 March 2018 12:03

By Bhong Simbajon

More than a hundred million pesos will be made available to help the farmers and fisherfolks of Zamboanga city.

This was announced by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during the ceremony for the lifting of the annual fishing ban held at the Permex wharf yesterday morning.

Piñol said that he committed the amount to help fisherfolk who temporarily lose their livelihood during the three-month fishing ban.

“When I saw the situation of the factory workers and the fisherfolk, I was thinking how I can help all of you,” Piñol said.

The Secretary said that his office initiated a mechanism to grant livelihood loans to marginal workers at minimum interest.

Piñol said that his office has prepared the amount of P800-million for this purpose, and that a part of this package will be allocated to farmers and fishermen in Zamboanga City.

During the ceremonies, Piñol also turned over two units of thirty-eight (38) footer reinforced fiberglass boats with twin engines worth P306,000 to the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be used as additional sea assets.

Meanwhile, Congressman Celso Lobregat also revealed a P52-million allocated for the construction of farm-to- market roads that will benefit farmers in the city.

The solon said that his office, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) also facilitated the temporary employment of 1,297 canning factory workers.

“It is better to get the acts of all other agencies to solve a particular problem.  If we will continue to do that, hopefully we can get all the agencies to work together and solve the problem of unemployment in the city,”  Lobregat stressed. (Bhong Simbajon)