Six months after Typhoon Yolanda struck Leyte and Samar, there still remains a need for extensive livelihood support throughout the region. LCDE (Leyte Center for Development) and CDRC (Citizens Disaster Respons Center) through Hope Bridge – Korea began livelihood projects across five project areas in Marabut, Samar as early as February, one of this projects was the construction of a Bintulan “fish trap” for the benefit of Brgy. Tag-alag, a community heavily damaged by the typhoon.
On May 28, 2014, a short program was held in Brgy. San Roque for the Bintulan’s turnover to the communities’ beneficiaries attended by LCDE’s Executive Director Ms. Jazmin Jerusalem and Ms. Edna Luna from CDRC and LCDE staff involved in the project.
The Bintulan is a large fish trap that is installed offshore with a depth ranging from 15 to 20 meters. Materials used are coconut lumber, bamboo, nets and nylon cords. Catching fish with the bitulan is usually done at night and early dawn as fishermen use kerosene lamps to attract fish and trap them inside.
The principal goal of this project is to answer Brgy. Tag-Alag’s lack of sources of food from the sea due to its high price in the local market. Non-members of the organization will also benefit from the low price of catch the bintulan will offer.
Tag-Alag’s organization has a policy which encourages all members to participate on operations of the Bintulan, profit from a days catch is divided among the four people who manned the bintulan. This project was made possible due to the strong presence of it organization, where almost everyone in the community are members.
By Reniel Sanica, LCDE Regional Administrative Officer
Translation - Carlo Jerusalem, LCDE Advocacy Coordinator