Fishers aided in making 12 fish attracting devices (payaws)


Members of South Poblacion Fishermen Association (SOPOFIAS) have started to reap the fruits from an aid Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corporation (SEDC) granted them to have a better and more productive livelihood. 

TCPI and SEDC provided them with materials in building fish attracting devices (FAD), commonly known as payaw or gango, that are set afloat at sea to attract schools of fish that take shelter under these devices as they do in corals. 

The FAD aides a fisherman in catching fish either using hook, line and sinker or mesh, explains Gines Boltron, community development officer of SEDC.

SOPOFIAS members managed to build 12 new payaw that are now serving their purpose in the municipal waters off San Fernando, disclosed Boltron. 

The joint Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of TCPI and SEDC provided the grant that realized the project with the collaboration of South Poblacion officials led by barangay captain Vicente O. Bacalla.