Three Palawan towns have the most number of poor fisherfolks in MIMAROPA based on the data released by the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Jason Eco Oliverio of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the DSWD said Thursday there are 156 poor fisherfolks in Balabac, 83 in Taytay, and 71 in Coron.
He said they are among the 23,987 “intervention targets” regionwide of the DSWD under its P159 million-worth Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
“‘Yong sa livelihood program, may mga training provided sa fisherfolks, bangka, gamit pangisda na binibigay,” he said.
Aside from this, Oliverio said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resouces (BFAR) is also helping provide livelihood assistance for them under the target actions to reduce poverty and general economic transformation or TARGET program.
According to the Listahanan, a total of 93,352 fisherfolks were identified in MIMAROPA region based on the 2015 household assessment.
From the figure, 49.8 percent or 46,523 fisherfolks who are 15 years old and above are poor.
Listahanan, a government mechanism to identify who and where the poor are, recorded Palawan province has the highest percentage of poor fisherfolks with 52.9% (29,998) followed by Occidental Mindoro with 51.7% (6,391); Romblon with 47.4% (4,006); Oriental Mindoro with 39.8% (3,723); and Marinduque with 36.9% (2,405).
Of the total identified poor fisherfolks, 95.8% (44,563) are male and 4.2% (1,960) are female.
In terms of educational attainment, 3.9% or 1,808 fisherfolks have no grade completed; 28.6% (13,310) of poor fisherfolks graduated from elementary; 12.3% (5,742) graduated from high school, and 0.2% (101) graduated from college.
“May 31 is declared as the National Fisherfolks Day to give recognition to the rightful stewards and beneficiaries of our oceans and its natural resources as well as our lakes, gulfs, bays and other fishing areas,” he said.