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'Paraws' from DOLE boost income of small fishermen

Fifty-year-old Danilo Palecpec, Sr. of Alaminos City is thrilled over the "paraw" he received from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which he is now using to fish and even ferry passengers to and from the Hundred Islands.

The “paraw” is a double outrigger sailboat native to the Visayas region. It is not powered by fuel but by the wind, and is commonly used in catching fish.

At least 49 others like Palecpec who also received their paraw from DOLE are now earning additional income to support the needs of their respective families.

The DOLE-RO I under Director Nathaniel Lacambra earlier turned over at least 50 paraws to residents of Lucap, Alaminos, the jump off point to the Hundred Islands to help boost the income of small fishermen.

Palecpec said that after using their paraws to catch fish at dawn, he and his fellow fisherfolk ferry tourists going to and from the Hundred Islands to earn extra income.

He said with his paraw, he now earns Php800 including his regular daily income of Php350.

With the paraw, Palecpec and his fellow fishermen catch assorted high value fish species around the Hundred Islands before sunrise.

He said from 6:00 a.m. up to 8:00 p.m., they use their paraws to ferry tourists, charging two persons Php150 for a 30-minute ride.

Director Lacambra said the livelihood project gives the beneficiaries, who are from the marginalized informal sector, the opportunity to benefit from Alaminos City's booming tourism.

Each paraw given to beneficiaries is worth Php20,000 drawn from the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Sometime in late April, Alaminos City hosted its lst Paraw Festival.

Leonardo V. Micua