TSI fishing community receives training on safe and sustainable fishing

November 14, 2016

TSI fishing community receives training on safe and sustainable fishing
TSI Safety Technician Jimmie Carlo Berdos, with the help of Brgy. Binugao Kagawad Romeo Saniel, demonstrates to the fishermen of Barangay Binugao, Toril, Davao City on the use of a rescue can.
TSI Safety Technician Jimmie Carlo Berdos, with the help of Brgy. Binugao Kagawad Romeo Saniel, demonstrates to the fishermen of Barangay Binugao, Toril, Davao City on the use of a rescue can.
A total of 87 fishermen from the host communities of AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI), were given training on safe and sustainable fishing practices in a bid to ensure their safety at sea.“There are times that fishing at sea becomes unsafe if there are sudden changes in the weather patterns or if the boat experiences mechanical problems. Thus, we are conducting this activity so that when you go out to fish, you can be assured of their safety,” said Jason C. Magnaye, Therma South (TSI) Corporate Social Responsibility Manager to the local fisherfolks during the opening program.There were two sets of training held each for the local fishermen.The first training was held on September 2 and 6, 2016 at the Binugao Barangay Hall, Toril, Davao City. Participants came from the two host communities of TSI, Barangay Binugao in Davao City and Barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.Meanwhile, the second training was held on October 1 and 8, 2016 at the Sirawan Barangay Hall and was attended by the fishermen from the same barangay.Discussions on the usage of the WeatherPhilippines mobile and web application and understanding the weather was given during the first day of the training.“When it comes to weather-related disasters, fishermen are usually more vulnerable to weather disturbances because of the nature of their work. Even though their frequent exposure to the seas made them develop an intrinsic connection with weather, we want to help them complement their intuitive weather knowledge with new tools, technology and further education on weather”, said Kaye Rosario, WPF Sustainability Manager.She pointed out that even though not all the fishermen have smartphones or access to the internet, they can always coordinate with their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, which can access the web application or may have the mobile application of WeatherPhilippines.The TSI Safety Team provided the fishermen demonstrations on the proper usage of water floatation aids and first aid and basic life support at sea.“It is important that these fishermen have basic knowledge on safety as it can greatly help them in times of emergencies. Every little bit of information on safety can always save a life,” said Kishler A. Pascual, AP Coal Group Safety Manager.After the series of training, TSI, with the support of Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is set to turnover fishing boats to its community.