Three-term senator and now Senate candidate Loren Legarda said Sunday she would continue her goal of bringing government services directly to the people who need them most as she visited the towns of Navotas and Malabon. , where the majority of the population’s livelihood depends. on fishing.
“During my three terms as a Senator, particularly as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, I have ensured that government resources are used prudently for programs that directly benefit our people. Our mandate as public servants is to ensure that we meet their needs and implement programs that will improve their lives and their socio-economic condition,” Legarda said.
“Navotas and Malabon, towns close to my heart because I had so many good memories growing up here, are both fishing communities. With rich marine resources, the localities are highly dependent on our fishing industry for their livelihood and sustenance. But seeing how fishermen are trying to make ends meet, especially in the midst of the pandemic and the climate crisis, we need to step up our initiatives to support the fishing sector and ensure that there is enough support to respond to the needs and concerns of our fishermen,” said Legarda. .
During her tenure as the Solitary Antique District Representative, Legarda spearheaded several fisheries projects and programs in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that helped increase the production of fish, employment and livelihood generation, and improving the living conditions of Antiqueño fishers.
Through Legarda’s initiatives, fishing communities in Antique have received fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats, fishing gear and accessories, infrastructure support such as the construction of a community landing stage and capital assistance, among others.
“I have seen how the fishing industry in our province has improved after we provided much needed help to our fishers. Nagawa po natin sa Ancient, a probinsyang matagal na napag-iwanan and karamihan is Hindi even pamahalaan programs, he sigurado pong kayang-kaya din nating gawin sa Navotas, sa Malabon, and his bansa part,” Legarda said.
“Kaya ko din po isinusulong pagpapaigting of aking program LOREN with Bawat Barangay dahil malaki ang gagampanang papel of of barangay officials at mga LGUs to pagbangon in pandemya in tulonging of a programang pangkabuhayan,” added Legarda.
In addition, to provide our fishers with better access to local markets and to ensure the quality of their landed catches, Legarda has highlighted the need for improved infrastructure, such as the improvement and/or creation of fishing ports, community fish landing and even farm to market routes.
“I would also like to push for training and entrepreneurial opportunities for fishermen in Navotas and Malabon through government agencies such as TESDA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Shared Service Facilities SSF) to provide fishing-based livelihood alternatives,” Legarda added.
On the other hand, as a climate champion, Legarda has also encouraged everyone to promote safety and sustainability within their homes and communities through waste separation, recycling and upcycling. Noting that other communities should replicate the success of Brgy. Potrero in Malabon which is a zero waste model community. It will also save the ocean from the destruction of coral reefs, water pollution from improper waste disposal and destructive fishing practices that would result in lower fish catches and income.
“We have been blessed with the riches of the Earth, but amidst this abundance, we must be aware. The pandemic and climate crisis pose many development challenges, but they also provide an opportunity to promote sustainable growth for our own survival and for generations to come,” Legarda said.
“Our fishers continue to face various challenges, especially with the impact of climate change, the pandemic and greater natural hazards. Thus, we must continuously strengthen our coordination with them to ensure not only their livelihoods, but also support the country’s food security,” concluded Legarda.***