Making their living off the Magat Reservoir has become a more sustainable practice for a group of local fishermen. These days, they can be found going about their work in shiny new fiberglass boats that are not only more durable but also eco-friendly.
Last December 8, fisherfolk organizations in Isabela, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya received 15 bancas from SNAP-Magat. They were made from contemporary materials that are non-corrosive and can withstand extreme conditions. This means they can be used for up to 30 years and, as such, reduce the need for wood.
The boats are products of a training conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region II office. With SNAP-Magat providing the raw materials, participants learned design, construction, and maintenance of fiberglass fishing vessels, skills they can also maximize to create potential income streams.
The saying goes that if you teach a man how to fish, you’ll feed him all his life but SNAP-Magat believes teaching a man how to make long lasting fishing boats will benefit people, planet, and profit even more.