Fourteen coastal villages in Roxas town are expected to benefit from the P35 million capacity-building livelihood assistance project that will be funded by the World Bank (WB) under the Philippine Rural Development Project-Global Environmental Facility (PRDP-GEF).
Edgar Padul, municipal agriculturist of Roxas told Palawan News on May 12 that out of their 18 coastal barangays, 14 were chosen to be included in the list of the PRDP-Global Environmental Facility
“Ito ay tulong para sa pang-kabuhayan ng ating mga fisherfolks sa coastal barangays natin sa Roxas,” he said.
These coastal barangays include Caramay, Rizal, Malcampo, Barangay VI also known as Johnson Island, Tumarbong, San Miguel, and Tinitian.
The fund is intended for the capacity building of the fisherfolk, training, and provision of livelihood for mud crab fattening, installation of fish aggregating devices locally known as “payaw,” and other interventions that are designed to help uplift the lives of the fishing villages and alleviate them from poverty.
“Dito ay i-te-train sila, at bibigyan din sila ng mga livelihood, or mga pangkabuhayan na designed para sa mga coastal communities,” he said.
Padul further explained that as of the moment, there are several marine protected areas or fish sanctuaries in strategic locations in Roxas within some of the identified coastal barangays and their sustainability is assured with the help and cooperation of our fisherfolks.
The municipal government of Roxas is also providing seedlings and planting materials to interested farmers.
He said they have three satellite nurseries in their town which have stocks of seedlings such as cashew, coffee, cacao, and citrus.
He added that planting materials of cashew and other fruit trees and plants were raised in their nurseries so that there will be ready planting materials whenever there is a request from barangay officials or individual farmers.
“Tayo ang cashew capital, at itong kasoy ay pwede ito sa mga bakanteng mabundok o rolling hill na lugar. Maliban sa kasoy ay namimigay din tayo ng coffee, cacao at citrus,” he said.