The Department of Labor and Employment XI, through its Davao Occidental Field Office (DOcFO), awarded P1M to its livelihood project beneficiaries in the Municipality of Jose Abad Santos (JAS), Davao Occidental on July 14, 2021.

Caburan Small Seaside Fisherfolks Association, an organization registered with DOLE XI, will be setting up a mini ice plant near the municipality’s “bagsakan center” to cater the needs of local fishermen and fish traders. The association is looking forward to be the first ice block producer in the said municipality.

Municipal Mayor Atty. Jason John A. Joyce said, “The municipality is extremely grateful to DOLE XI for its unending support in the livelihood of the community. We are working on giving the people of JAS a stable income and our partnership with the department have been substantial in reaching our goals.”

Engr. Arce D. Sinajon, Acting Provincial Head DOLE XI-DOcFO, said that the department is ecstatic to respond to the needs of these valued fishermen in the municipality. “As maintaining the quality of their produce is a crucial element of their business, the supply of ice in the community must be sustainable,” he added.

Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy, OIC-Regional Director of DOLE XI, expressed his support for the project and stressed the protection of the income of its members. “We are with high hopes that you will nurture this mini-ice plant and ensure its continued operation. This project is a manifestation of our resilient partnership with the LGU.”