80 NAVOTAS FISHERMEN GET NEW BOATS
NAVOTAS CITY – Some 80 fishermen received fiberglass boats and fishnets from the Navotas City government.
Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco, Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, and Representative Tobias Tiangco, along with other local officials and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ Pierre Velasco, distributed these new boats.
Each boat, which has 18 hp engine, were given to the beneficiaries for free under the NavoBangka-buhayan Program.
The city council bought the materials for making fiberglass boats while the BFAR provided training for them on how to use and build these boats.
Recipients include registered fishermen who need to undergo and pass the drug test as well as maintain their “good moral standing” in their community.
“Ayon sa mga pag-aaral, nananatiling mahirap ang mga mahihirap dahil wala silang regular na kita. Anuman ang kanilang kinikita, ginagasta agad nila ito sa kanilang mga pangangailangan. Hindi nila ito napaplano nang maayos dahil meron sila parating pagkakagastusan,” Tiangco said.
(Based on studies, poor people remain poor because of not having a regular income. Whatever income these people have, they spend it on their own needs. They were not able to plan properly because their money is not enough to sustain their daily needs.)
“Ayaw namin ang ganitong buhay para sa inyo kaya nagsisikap kaming ibigay sa inyo ang inyong mga pangangailangan para magkaroon kayo ng regular na pagkakakitaan. Gamitin ninyo ang bangka at lambat na aming ibinigay para matustusan ang gastusin ng inyong pamilya. Ipunin ninyo kahit ang pinakahuling sentimo at iwasang malulong sa bisyo,” he added.
(We never want this kind of life for you so we are trying our to give you your needs so you can earn a regular income. Use the boat and fishnet we provide to support your family's expenses. Save wisely and avoid vices.)
The mayor also reminded beneficiaries to be a responsible fisherman and help in the conservation of our environment.
Meanwhile, Congressman Tiango commended these beneficiaries and expressed the local government’s intention to help residents in improving their livelihood.
“Ipinapatayo natin ang dalawang training center para sa mga nais magkaroon ng technical-vocational skills. Meron din tayong mga entrepreneurship caravan para maturuan ang mga Navoteño kung paano magsimula ng sariling negosyo,” aniya.
(We constructed two training centers for those who want to acquire technical-vocational skills. We also have entrepreneurship caravans to educate Navoteño how to start own business.)