DAGUPAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) — Around 70 housewives of fishers in the city were provided alternative livelihood after the demolition of fishpens in the city’s rivers almost two years ago.
The city government, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, trained the housewives in barangays Salapingao and Pugaro to prepare bangus nuggets, bangus empanada, bangus quekiam, fish siomai, and bangus satsumage.
The housewives, who were grouped as an association, received kitchen utensils including a multipurpose meat grinder, stove with gas tank, and a weighing scale.
City Mayor Benjamin Lim said he fulfilled his promise to help displaced fishers to find alternative livelihood.
In a report from the City Information Office, the housewives signified their willingness to undergo another training on cooking on a commercial scale.
Emma Molina, city agriculturist, said the city will supervise the teaching of these housewives and will give them the opportunity to market their products in schools and in canteens offering specialty products.
A church community was also tapped to assist the city in shaping the attitudes of the participants and in changing their way of life so that they will learn how to work as one and develop their skills together, said Molina. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan with reports from CIO)