OWNING a paraw presents two opportunities for livelihood for 50 fishermen in Alaminos City who were beneficiaries of the Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program from the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Such is the situation today for fifty-year-old Danilo Palecpec, Sr. who is thrilled by the new prospect since he received his own paraw.
The “paraw” is a double outrigger sail boat native to the Visayas region.
The DOLE-RO I turned over 50 boats to barangay Lucap residents, including Danilo, at the Hundred Islands wharf on March 28, 2017 on the occasion of the city’s first ever Paraw Festival.
“Pagkatapos naming mangisda sa madaling araw o kung minsang nagdadamot ang dagat, nagagamit namin ang aming mga bangka para magkarga ng mga turista ng Hundred Islands. Sa ganitong paraan, nadaragdagan ang aming kita o kaya ay hindi kami nawawalan ng kita,” Danilo said.
After the livelihood intervention from the DOLE, he estimates P800 additional amount to his current daily income of P350.
With his “paraw”, Danilo and his colleagues catch assorted high value fish species around the national park at dawn. From 6:00 a.m. up to 8:00 p.m., they use their boats to ferry tourists. The boat can carry two tourists, and a 30-minute ride costs 150 pesos.
DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the program gives marginalized informal sector workers the opportunity to benefit from the city’s booming tourism. (PIA-Pangasinan/ASV)