Barangay San Jose Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (BSJFFA) received its livelihood grant under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) on March 24, 2021.

The DOLE Province of Dinagat Satellite Office (DOLE PDISO) conducted the turn-over ceremony of two (2) fishing boats, nets, and other fishing gears for the Deep-Sea Fishing Livelihood project worth Php 332,230.00 to BSJFFA, an association composed of 46 members of Brgy. San Jose, Cagdianao, Province of Dinagat Islands. Aside from the officers and members of BSJFFA, the ceremony was also attended by the Municipal Mayor of Cagdianao Hon. Adolfo Longos, LGU-Cagdianao PESO Manager Ms. Salome Pegoro, and the barangay officials of Brgy. San Jose.

Mr. Verlan Diaz, outgoing DOLE PDISO Provincial Head reminded the officers and members of the association to be well-equipped in terms of business management to ensure the success of their livelihood. He said, “Manghinaot kami nga kini nga proyekto mouswag, mulambo ug inyong ampingan. Mao nga maghimu kamu ug business manager, nga unta magschedule kaninyo kung kanus-a kani gamiton ug kung kanus-a kani dili. Kay negosyo ni, negosyo nga kamu ang magpalambo.” (We hope that this project will develop and become sustainable. It would be better if you will assign a business manager to manage and schedule when to utilize the boats so that it will not easily get damage).

BSJFFA President, Mr. Antonio A. Petallar, encouraged the association members to take care of the livelihood grant. He stated, “Kini nga proyekto nga gihatag sa ato atimanon nato. Dili laong nga napura na, jaon na mag-atindir, kun dili kita tanan. Kita tanan ang responsibilidad aton nga project. Para mani sab sa atong karajawan, para mani sa atong pamilya. So, ato ipasalig sa ila kuman nga ato ampingan, ato atimanon. Nga ipakita nato sa ila nga magmalambuon kita. Ipakita nato nga nagpadayon ug milambo kita nan project nga gihatag sa ato. Masipo kita sa ila kung mapakyas kita nan pagpalambo ani nga proyekto.” (We must take care of this livelihood grant. Not just the officials, but all 46 members must take responsibility so that this project will be manage well. We must show to our community that we are successful with this. This is not just for us, but also for our family and community).

BSJFFA is the first association in Brgy. San Jose that received a livelihood assistance in DOLE.