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By nature, Filipinos are skillful, resourceful and self-sufficient. However, the traumatic events of poverty has impacted their lives in very meaningful ways. Many of them want to unfold the big gap between the rich and the poor by obtaining any form of educational knowledge to guide them in their quest for a better life. Unfortunately, some of them are also adversely affected by the society's demand for sophisticated and smarter community components. Although challenged by limited resources, Filipinos continue to struggle to have the means to send their children to school. This is because Filipinos strongly believe that "educational knowledge" is the only road to a family's better future.

Fishermen's Outrigger Canoes - Oroquieta City Fishing Village

Many Filipino parents work so hard to save up some money just so they can send their children to school. Many lands are put up as collaterals for educational loans of which some of them have been lost due to their inability to suffice the loans even after their children finished college. Because of the country's ongoing economic struggle, job opportunities remain scarce and continuously affecting many Filipinos. Other families just simply continue to go fishing because fishing is their only "know-hows." Many fishermen have been very successful in this aspect, however, many of them have just simply used fishing to feed the family.

Commercial Fishing Boats - Oroquieta City Fishing Industry

The Oroquieta City sea waters consist of vital habitat for living marine resources. Because of that, fish and shellfish are abundant in the area and they are vital sources of protein for Filipinos. The fishing industry in Oroquieta City is growing slowly, but steadily. Many skilled Oroquietanian seamen have launched their commercial fishing industry using large motorized boats. Other local fishermen simply go fishing in a small outrigger canoes and for the most part, the results are productively enabling them to feed their families.

Fish farming by local townsfolk is also common in Oroquieta City and its neighboring towns. For example, farmers grow milkfish and catfish in their "man-made" fishponds, and their harvest are largely sold for local consumption. While other big commercial farming of crabs and shrimps are of increasing demands, the farmers are also concern on how to sustain these resources. Most harvests from crab and shrimp farming are exported to Japan. There are several crab and shrimp farmers who have entered into contractual commercial business with the Japanese. Today, the Filipino fishing communities continue to struggle to maximize their harvest while trying to produce stock maintenance supply. The supply and demand in the fishing industries are almost overextending their limits, thus dwindling their resources.

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