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Guimaras plans alternative livelihood

September 23, 2006

• P3M-P5M in lost income daily

By Hazel P. Villa
Inquirer

ILOILO CITY—The provincial government of Guimaras is finalizing plans outlining alternative livelihood projects for residents affected by the Aug. 11 Petron oil spill and who are dependent on the sea and its related environs for their livelihood.

The Provincial Economic Development Office said the plan for alternative livelihood projects is in its final assessment stage and will most likely be released this week.

“Generally, the plan focuses on inland livelihood and starts with food-for-work and food security programs,” said Ruben Corpuz, provincial economic development officer.

Roughly the size of Singapore at 60,465 hectares, Guimaras, with its five towns, is also known as the “Mango Capital of the Philippines.”

It has a population of 152,000 with 80,836 people living in coastal areas.

The provincial fisheries profile says Guimaras has 517 aquaculturists, 5,580 municipal fishermen, 538 commercial fish workers and 316 fish processors.

(For the full story, click Alternative jobs, Sept. 23, 2006.)

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