The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) expressed its gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region VII for providing 3,397 food packs to the fisherfolks of Sandingan and Cabilao Islands, Loon, Bohol on August 11, 2023.
The food packs, which consist of rice, canned goods, coffee, and sugar, are a crucial support for the island communities during the Southwest monsoon season, when fishing becomes challenging due to rough seas and strong winds.
Bohol Governor Aris Aumentado personally received the food packs from DSWD Regional Director Rebecca Geamala at the Tagbilaran City Port.
He thanked the DSWD for its prompt response to PGBh’s request and for its continuous partnership in delivering social services to the Boholanos.
Aumentado said that the food packs will be distributed to the fisherfolks of Sandingan and Cabilao Islands, who are among the most vulnerable sectors in the province.
He said that PGBh is committed to helping them attain climate-smart agriculture by providing them with accessible assistance and inclusive social services based on the Strategic Change Agenda.
The Strategic Change Agenda is a development framework that aims to transform Bohol into a “livable, sustainable, and resilient province” by 2028.
It focuses on six key areas: poverty reduction, food security, environmental protection, good governance, peace and order, and tourism development.
The food pack distribution is part of PGBh’s regular assistance to the island communities.
PGBh also provides them with livelihood opportunities, skills training, health services, water supply systems, and infrastructure projects.
PGBh hopes that through these interventions, the island fisherfolks will be able to cope with the challenges brought by climate change and improve their quality of life.