Sitio Camboranga Indigenous People Fisherfolks Association in Barangay Sarong, Bataraza received six paddleboats and one pumpboats to augment income in fishing livelihood. (Photo credits: Ramona Adjed, RTNMC)

The indigent association of fisherfolks in Sitio Camboranga, Barangay Sarong in Bataraza have received seven boats to augment income in fishing livelihood.

Ramona Adjed, community organizer of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) said the fifteen members of Sitio Camboranga Indigenous People Fisherfolks Association received one pumpboat and six paddleboats.

“Madadagdagan yong kita nila tapos may policy din sila, may membership na 100 pesos tapos may meeting sila tuwing ikatlong buwan, kapag nagkasakit yong may hawak ng bangka, pwedeng palitan yong nakatoka don,” she said.

Adjed said that the Sitio Camboranga was sharing its budget before in the nearby community.

The budget for the purchase of the boats was P46,320 allocated from the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) for livelihood.

The distribution of boats was held on August 5 after the establishment of the association in July.

She said the community has agreed to some policies and sharing scheme such as 20 percent for the association, 20 percent for the members and 60 percent for the operator of the boat.

Only the official members of the association are allowed to use the boats, as also stated in the policy.

“Planning na kasi next month, September na para sa 2020, madadagdagan ang mga bangka if mag-a-allot sila. Nakalagay sa kompanya na kailangan lahat ng communities ay may livelihood,” she said.

She said that the boats in the community would help increase the income of the community in comparison with their old boats.

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