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Batangas fishing community finds a new vocation in masonry

June David | July 27, 2018

Sustainable alternative livelihood is always considered a necessity for coastal settlers. Relying on the vast ocean alone for food and income the whole year round is a gamble. Weather disturbances and the noticeable drop in the fish catch over the years are two main antagonists in a fisherman’s life.

This was the case for Barangay Calubcub 2 in San Juan, Batangas where AboitizLand responded by conceptualizing and rolling out a Masonry Skills Training NC-II program to help the community. The company worked in partnership with TESDA-Batangas Regional Training Center, Calubcub 2 Barangay Council, and Calubcub 2 Elementary School for the private-public partnership to help 25 unemployed and indigent residents of the barangay acquire NC-II masonry skills.

Aside from conducting masonry training, the project model folded in repair and enhancement of Calubcub 2 Elementary School as the assessment test wherein participants built a walkway and washing area for the pupils. The results of this initiative also helped the school rank 3rd overall in San Juan town for this year’s DepEd Brigada Eskwela program.

Concrete sink made and installed by Masonry Skills Training beneficiaries
Improved walkways and concrete flower beds were also part of the training’s projects
From left: Masonry Skills Training graduates together with Mr. Carlo Tenerife (AboitizLand CSR Manager), Mr. Domingo Librea (TESDA RTC-Batangas, OIC-Administrator), Hon. Victorino Espino (Calubcub 2 Barangay Captain), Ms. Eden Gonio (Calubcub 2 Elementary School, Principal), Jay Lood (AboitizLand CSR Officer)


Aboitizland believes that creating better ways to live means uplifting the socio-economic status of our communities, the invaluable outcome of this project.