Some 11 members of a fishing community in Barangay Tagnato, Bataraza have received boat engines to augment income in fishing livelihood of the non-indigenous and indigenous people.
Community organizer Melissa Didik said Friday that the community was supported through the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) in helping the livelihood sector.
“Yong hanapbuhay nila dati ay pangingisda, kasi sa tabing-dagat sila nakatira. Ang ginagawa ng mga tao na nandon ay sagwan lang ginagamit nila,” she said.
She said that if fisherfolks have low production, they divert to other livelihood such as farming.
Some of fishermen who have no boat engines borrow from their relatives and neighbor.
Didik said that the turn over of 11 boat engines is part of the distribution by Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) through SDMP.
“Kwento nila na sa buong buhay nila, yong hanapbuhay na nagagawa nila ay para sa pagkain lang nila araw-araw at ‘yong ganyang makina ay hindi sapat yong kinikita nila para makabili sila,” she said.
She said that the community had promised to the company that they will maintain and take care of the distributed engines to sustain their livelihood.