APRI empowers Albay fisherfolk community with fishing boats and equipment
To help sustain the livelihood of its host communities, AP Renewables Inc. (APRI) – Tiwi recently turned over three units of fiberglass motorized boats including fishing accessories and gasoline supply to the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Putsan (SMMP) Inc. APRI is AboitizPower’s business unit that owns and operates geothermal power facilities in the country.
Celso C. Costrua, President of SMMP Inc., assured to keep and maintain the boats and other equipment as part of their group’s commitment to this project.
“Maraming salamat sa APRI at AFI sa mga bangkang pangkabuhayan na tulong ninyo sa amin. Malaking tulong ito sa aming mga mangingisda. Hinding-hindi namin ito malilimutan at iingatan namin ito sa ngalan ng aming samahan, thank you very much. (Thank you very much to APRI and AFI for the boats they have donated to us, which we can use for our livelihood. This is a very big help to us fishermen. We will never forget this kindness and we will take care of these [boats] in honor of our partnership, thank you very much),” he said.
In partnership with the Aboitiz Group’s corporate social responsibility arm, Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), this project will benefit about 30 fishermen in the community.
“Kami sa APRI ay lubos din na nagpapasalamat sa oportunidad upang makatulong sa ating mga mangingisda. Kayo po ay may napakahalagang papel sa ating lipunan at pangkabuhayan. Hangad po namin na makatulong ito sa ikabubuti ng ating pamilya at ng ating pamumuhay. (We at APRI are very much grateful also for the opportunity to help our fishermen. You have an important role to play in our society and the livelihood of our communities. We hope that this [partnership] will be of help to your family and our shared livelihood),” APRI Reputation Manager Jun San Juan said.
With the provision of fishing equipment, APRI aims to help improve the livelihood and economic condition of Putsan fisherfolk, a testament to its mission of advancing business and communities.