Around 50 representatives from eight different associations in Badian learned how to make powder and dishwashing soap during the livelihood training conducted Monday in the said town.
“Ang pagkat-on og mga bag-ong pamaagi sa panginabuhian usa nga dakung tabang sa pagprotehir sa atong mga kabaybayonan og kadagatan dili lang para sa atua karon king di alang pod sa atong ugma,” said Governor Hilario P. Davide III.
This capacity building headed by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) was one of the activities in the first Cebu Provincial Government Caravan of Services in Badian town, southwest of Cebu.
Participating associations include Malhiao Resource Management Multipurpose Cooperative, BUFFALO Association, Bato Fishermen Association, DAFA Association, MAFFO Association, Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Brgy. Zaragoza, Taytay Hillyland Farmers and Malhiao Farmers Association.
“We are happy that we were taught how to make soap. We got very inspired by the speaker when he said many have been earning a lot in soap-making. Hopefully, this could really help us,” said one of the participants in dialect.
PENRO Deputy Chief Atty. Ahmad Clay C. Escolar found alternative livelihood trainings to fisherfolk empowering and complementing to the enforcement thrust which is carried out by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force.
“We will be conducting more alternative livelihood trainings to other fisherfolk associations in the Province but we have to know their needs first to enable to leave footprints in their lives and at the same time, foster strong partnership between them in coastal resource management and fishery law enforcement,” expressed Escolar.
After the demonstration, the focal persons of other PENRO Capitol divisions and sections also gave a briefer of the different services being offered by their respective areas. (Timi-Lou Q. Manalili, PENRO Correspondent)