Dominican fishermen benefitting from filling stations


first_imgLocalNews Dominican fishermen benefitting from filling stations by: – April 2, 2012 18 Views   no discussions Parliamentary representative for the Portsmouth constituency Ian Douglas alongside Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva with members of PDV Caribe, Portsmouth Fisheries Cooperative and other members of the diplomatic mission at the Portsmouth Filling Station last week.Dominican fishermen are said to be benefitting from five filling stations which were constructed by Petro Caribe under the ALBA Fund in various fishing communities.Sales and Marketing Leader at PDV Caribe Dominica Limited Ian Pinard reported during a diplomatic mission last week that five have been erected out of the 10 which were approved.“We realize that what we can do to make fishing easier for the fishermen is to build filling stations all over Dominica and we have now approved ten filling stations. Five of them are in use right now in Marigot, Sans Sauver, Fond St. Jean, Portsmouth and Roseau. One is now under construction in Scotts Head and four more will be erected”. He also reported that his organization is “very, very happy” with the completed filling stations as they have relieved the fishermen of travelling long distances for fuel. “We are very, very happy because so far the 5 filling stations are working very, very well. The fishermen are very happy because what they have realized now is that they don’t have to spend one day going 5, 10, even 30 miles to get fuel; the fuel is right next to them so when they are ready to fish they come, get their fuel and go out”. According to Pinard, his company also created a rebate system which they advise the fisheries cooperatives across the island to implement so that the fishermen can benefit from.The fuel is being sold to the fisheries cooperatives at wholesale price and then at retail price to the fishermen.That rebate system he explained will give every fisherman $0.50 on every gallon of fuel purchased. “We have made a recommendation to all the cooperatives that they can use this rebate to create a social security pension fund for the fishermen so that when they retire they can get benefits. If their equipments have problems they can use it to repair their equipment and also if they have problems in terms of their families they can also assist”.He said so far the cooperatives have implemented the fund and are also offering a bonus to their members at the end of the year.Meanwhile Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency Ian Douglas described the filling station project as “another example of the tangible benefits” stemming from the “friendly relations” which exists between the governments of Dominica and Venezuela.A relationship he said “is proving to be of benefit to the grassroots people of Dominica”. He explained that the newly created St John’s Fisherfolk Cooperative in Portsmouth, one of the largest on the island, “has been handed over to the fishermen and will empower the fishermen and make them masters of their own destiny”.He further stated that yachters who come to Portsmouth can source their fuel from the St. John’s Fisherfolk Cooperative and provide another source of income.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more