THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Davao Region listed a total of 2,170 fishermen from 46 local government units (LGU) who will benefit from Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (Target) in the Fishery Sector program of the agency.
This program is the government’s poverty alleviation and inclusive growth program for the fishery sector where a high poverty incidence has been noted.
BFAR-Davao Director Dr. Fatma M. Idris, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao on Friday, said they were able to identify the 2,170 beneficiaries through the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR), which is cross matched with the list of the poorest of the poor of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Based on the data furnished to Sun.Star Davao, most of the beneficiaries are coming from Davao del Sur with 913. The top three LGUs in Davao del Sur with the most beneficiaries are Santa Maria (274), Santa Cruz (165), and Sarangani (140).
Davao Oriental has the second most number of beneficiaries at 660, of which Mati City has the most number at 203, followed by Lupon (120), and Banaybanay (78) and San Isidro (78).
Compostela Valley has a total of 313 beneficiaries, Davao del Norte has 187, and Davao City has 97.
Idris said they have set aside some P10 million for the beneficiaries and the Target program in the region. She said they will be budgeting at least P10,000 worth of livelihood assistance for each beneficiary.
She said they will also be mobilizing 43 field livelihood development technicians to assist the beneficiaries.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2015.