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There’s hope in PBSP’s livelihood rehab plan

October 26, 2006

By Tina Arceo-Dumlao
Inquirer, Oct. 26, 2006

(Last of a series of an I-Team Report)

THERE IS HOPE.

This is the battle cry of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the country’s leading corporate-led nongovernment organization, as it takes on the challenging role of crafting and implementing a long-term livelihood rehabilitation program for the fisherfolk and other residents affected by the oil spill in Guimaras province.

Covered by PBSP’s three- to five-year Guimaras Area Resource Management (ARM) Program are the estimated 4,019 households, primarily from the municipalities of Nueva Valencia and Sibunag, whose income from fishing, seaweed farming and aquaculture was slashed by the oil spill.

PBSP estimated that it would take as much as P90.96 million to bankroll all the livelihood projects outlined in its area resource management program, of which P52.64 million would be shouldered by the private sector led by PBSP.

This would go to the purchase of seedlings, seaweed materials, fish stocks and training.

A total of P10.16 million will come from government, P23.71 million from other nongovernment organizations and P4.45 million from the community itself.

Data from the provincial government showed that daily fish catch in the area went down from an average of 5 to 10 kilograms a day to just one to two after the MT Solar I sank on Aug. 11 in rough weather off Guimaras while ferrying for Petron Corp. 2.1 million liters of bunker fuel oil from Bataan to Zamboanga del Sur.

(For the full story, click Livelihood rehab. Earlier posting here.)

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