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Mr. Excelise shows his acquired fishing gear which doubled his monthly income.

The Dampias Fisherfolks Association (DAFIAS) of Binuangan Misamis Oriental gained more income through the science and technology interventions from the Department of Science and Technology- Region 10.

“Sa wala pay nets, tagagmay ra [ang kita] kay dili man mi makapanagat kung walay net. Karon naay gabii, muhalin mi ug tag 1,500 pesos. 1,200-1,300 pesos ang hinlo. Sa isa ka bulan mga 12,000 to 15,000 pesos ang income. Dako2 gyud natabang. (Before, we can only earn a little since we have no nets, and we cannot go fishing without them. Now, we can reach Php 1,500 sales a night with a net income of Php 1,200 to 1,300. Overall, we earn Php 12,000-15,000 a month. The project is a big help.)," said Mr. Cesar Excelise, member of DAFIAS, as he expressed his gratitude to DOST for the livelihood support granted to their association.

Before the DOST intervention, Mr. Excelise’s monthly income from squid catch ranged from Php6,000 to 7,000. The money was barely for food and other basic needs. Now, with a net of various seafood such as kutob and pidlayan, he provides not just the family's daily needs but also clothes, housewares, and two cellular phones for his children's online classes.

Mr. Excelise also thanked the Local Government Unit of Binuangan for all the help and efforts they exert for the association. He further solidified his gratefulness to the LGU and became a volunteer of the Bantay Dagat or the Fish Wardens of Binuangan.

“Volunteer ko sa Bantay Dagat agi nalang tabang sa ila ba [LGU] aron makatabang sad ko sa ila sa ilang gitabang sa ako. (I am now a volunteer at Bantay Dagat as my way of helping and giving back to the government.),” Mr. Excelise added.

The DOST-10 S&T interventions include fishing gears and training for 25 fisherfolks in Dampias, Binuangan, Misamis Oriental through a project under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program. The project fund amounted to Php299,000.

The fishing gears were composed of multifilament nets, lead sinkers, hanging line ropes, sack floaters, and round buoys. The series of training tackled the assembly and mending of nets and the re-orientation of the Binuangan Comprehensive Fishery Ordinance in support of Republic Act 10654 known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. (Rain Shower R. Dalugdug, DOST-Misamis Oriental)