Davao fisherfolk receive needed aid

Davao fisherfolk receive needed aid

DAVAO CITY — More than 2,000 fisherfolks received rice and cash support from Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte during the ongoing distribution which will end today.

The lawmaker's son Rodrigo "Rigo" Duterte II led the distribution of rice and cash support to 2,028 fisherfolks from barangays 21-C, 22-C, and 23-C at the Davao Coastal Road.

"We are here following the request of the fisherfolks associations for rice assistance. We also have a small amount for additional help," Duterte said in a message read by Rigo.

Johnny Toleran, president of the Davao Federation of Fisherfolks Association, said in an interview that the association requested support for fisherfolks affected by the cloudburst.

"We are thankful to Congressman Pulong's office for approving the request. Since he took office, he has never forgotten us every time we needed help," Toleran said.

To recall, the government implemented the closed season to protect the spawning period of small pelagic fishes in Davao Gulf, as outlined in the government's Administrative Order 02.

Meanwhile, Nestor Villa, 64, a fisherman from Barangay 22-C, said the rainstorms and big waves made it difficult for them to fish customarily, adding that they can only wait until the seas are calm.

Duterte emphasized the importance of the fisherfolks as they have contributed to food security besides employment and trade.

"I understand them because I enjoy fishing when I'm in Davao. There is no fishing during bad weather," said the lawmaker, adding that his office sees to it that all fisherfolks will be given service in times of difficulty.

Daily Tribune