Negros Occidental Governor Bong Lacson together with Board Member and Chairman of the SP Committee on Agriculture, Andrew Montelibano, spearheaded the turning over of projects totalling P2, 284,601.00 to the fisherfolks associations from the different cities and municipalities of the province.
The ceremony was held on the grounds of the Capitol in Bacolod City and was attended by the beneficiaries who personally thanked the governor for the projects given to them.
Brgy. Palampas Women’s Association, Brgy. Codcod United Women’s Association, and Brgy. Ermita Whitesand Women’s Association, all of San Carlos City received P100,000 each for the Rice and Corn Marketing Retailing Project, Agricultural Input Marketing and Retailing Project, and Agricultural Commodity Marketing Project, respectively; Pandanon Integrated Balangon Farmers Association and Pandanon Integrated Upland Small Farmers Association, all of Don Salvador Benedicto received P100,000 and P125,000 for Agricultural Inputs Retailing Project and Agricultural Food Processing Project, respectively; Litib-Litib Fishermen Association of Victorias City received P150,000 for the Fishery Based Livelihood Project, Sitio Dacutan Daku Fisheries Village Association of Silay City received P150,000 for Upscaling of Fermented Shrimp Paste, Taloc Baybay Fishermen Association of Bago City received P200,000 for the Blue Swimming Crab Trading Project, MALAM Fisherfolk Association of Pontevedra received P100,000 for the Bangus Deboning and Trading Project, Gargato Fishers and Fish Driers Association of Hinigaran received P110,000 for the Support to Dried Fish Production, and PRIMO Brotherhood Association of Binalbagan received P150,000 for the Fish Processing Livelihood Project.
Meanwhile, a total of 16 fisherfolks associations which numbered to 654 beneficiaries from the cities of San Carlos, Victorias, Silay, Talisay, Bago, and Himamaylan, and the municipalities of Binalbagan, Hinigaran and Ilog were also made recipients of the fishing nets livelihood project worth P899,601.
The said projects were facilitated by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist that will also conduct the monitoring of the projects./Capitol News