Over 2,000 beneficiaries recently received livelihood assistance from the government during the continuation of the Livelihood Assistance and Anti-Drug Campaign Caravan 2021 of the First Congressional District Office.
Of the 2,002 beneficiaries of the livelihood assistance, 290 are fisherfolk, and the beneficiaries received P15,000.00 cash from the First District Office of Rep. PaoloDuterte through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Office.
According to Talomo Center Beach Nagkahiusang Mananagat Association president Roger Monsalud, fisherfolk are having a hard time fishing as compared before since the pandemic started because they had to abide with the stricter health and quarantine protocols.
“We cannot go fishing every day or anytime we want because we have to rely on the schedule based from our food and medicine pass and the curfew implemented in our city,” Monsalud said.
Fisherman Nestor Racaza, on the other hand, said the livelihood assistance is a big help to them, since they are now able to buy new fishnets and gears necessary for their livelihood.
With the new fishing gears, hopefully, we can catch more fishes when go out for fishing. Everyone is having a hard time since pandemic and we are also doing our best to adjust and catch up with the new normal,” said Racaza.
Aside from fisherfolk, Duterte’s office will also be giving livelihood assistance to other individuals under the first district.
The office earlier said the caravan aims to help the poorest of the poor affected by the pandemic.