Cuyo is developing project proposals for its fisheries and agriculture sector in a bid to be selected as the recipient of the nationally-funded Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) to support marginalized fisherfolk in coastal communities, the town’s agriculture officer said.
Bob Sabuya, the municipal agriculture officer of Cuyo, said among projects they are proposing to be funded by BUB are upland rice production, vegetable seeds growing for organic farming, livestock dispersal, and the planting of high-value crops like pechay and string beans.
“We are now focusing more on helping the residents of Cuyo become engaged in agriculture and fisheries for them to become beneficiaries of BUB,” he said.
BUB is among the governance reform initiatives of the national government to address poverty through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
As a fourth class municipality located 255 kilometers from Puerto Princesa, Sabuya said it is also Mayor Andrew Ong’s dream to share in the provincial government’s goal to scale down poverty in Cuyo.
One such project focused towards attaining this is the raising of live-reef-fish-for-food (RFF) like Suno (grouper) by their fisherfolk.
“A piece of good size Suno has a buying price of P3,000 per kilo, while those that are bigger sell for P1,500,” he said, adding the demand is now high for the grouper fish that is an export commodity.
Sabuya said that being an island-town in the middle of Palawan and Panay island, raising and trading RFF is a major industry in their municipality that poor fisherfolk can also be engaged in with the help of the BUB.