Sarangani fisherfolks get GPS fish finder devices from provincial government

KIAMBA, Sarangani- The provincialgovernment has distributed Global Positioning System with fish finder devices and life vest  worth P265 thousand to local fisherfolks from the two villages of this municipality.

Provincial Agriculturist Jonathan Duhaylungsod, together with Municipal Agriculturist Angeline Gulmatico, turned over a total of 15 units of GPS equipment and 20 pieces of life vest jacket to the members of Purok Mabuhay Fisherfolk Association of Barangay Datu Dani and Talima Salakit Fisherfolk Association of Barangay Salakit.

Duhaylungsod said, while the life vest jackets will serve as protection during rough sea conditions, the newly-acquired fish finder which uses highly-sensitive and advanced GPS system will help the fisherfolks in mapping their waypoints, making fishing operations more cost-effective and efficient.

The provision of these devices, according to Duhaylungsod, is a component of provincial agriculture office’s HARM FREE or Hazards Adaptation, Reduction and Mitigation for FaRmErs and FishErfolk Project 2021.

HARM FREE is among various projects in the provincial government  funded through its 5% Calamity Fund.

Duhaylungsod said the fisherfolk associations in Kiamba were the first recipients for this year but he explained the project targets to cover all the six coastal municipalities of the province.

“For how many years na nato sila ginatagaan. And, I think sa among experience, daghan g’yud sila nasulti nga nindot. Maong gipadayon nato ang project,” Duhaylungsod said.

Norodin Guibon, president of the Purok Mabuhay Fisherfolk Association, said “in behalf sa akong mga kauban sa association, dako kaayo among pasalamat sa provincial government nga isa mi sa nahatagan ug ing-ani na mga devices nga makatabang sa amoang mga gagmay nga mananagat. 

“Dako kaayo among kalipay kay dako kaayo ang tabang ani sa amua labaw na nga nagalain-lain ang panahon naay mga low pressure. Ampingan namo kining mga devices ug tarungon g’yud namo ug gamit kay dili mi basta-basta maka-afford ani kung dili sa tabang pod sa gobyerno,” he said.

Guibon also said the devices will help reduce their expenses during their fishing operations when it comes to fuel consumption “kay dili na mi masaag maskin asa.” 

Duhaylungsod hoped the fisherfolk could feel the support of the provincial officials “especially Governor Solon who is very supportive g’yud sa atong mga project para sa mga fishermen.” (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)


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