A REACTION PAPER
SOCIAL STUDIES II
MARIO DE LOS REYES
JOHN PHILIP L. MALICDAN
In Masbate, the children of Sitio Paradahan can already be found by the seashore before sunrise, preparing to take home their biggest catch of the day. These children spend more time catching squid to survive, than going to school and study for their future. The money they gain from catching squids is merely enough for them to eat to survive. These particular children travel out to sea and free dive to find squid to catch. In Manila, a kilo of squid costs around P200, but in Sitio Paradahan, the squis only sell for a cheap price of P60. With the cost of nets and gasoline, there is barely enough for everyone involved in the fishing group. After a full day at sea, each child goes home with less than thirty pesos (P30) income for their hard work. But for the overworked children, this is more than enough for the day. Sandra Aguinaldo meets Jameson and Romnick, two graduating elementary students whose dream is to finish college. But their chances of even reaching high school are slim. Their work as squid catchers has caused them to be frequently absent from school. The squid catchers are torn between studying for a better future and providing for themselves and their families.
The day starts early for a group of children at a remote coastal village in Masbate, an Island province in the central Philippines. Even before dawn breaks, several children and a few adults line the seashore, busily preparing their boats and nets for a day of squid fishing.
I-Witness' Sandra Aguinaldo meets three boys -- Jameson, Estoy, and Jason -- who at a very young age were taught by their fathers to dive for squids.
The residents largely depend on the sea to make a living. There are no concrete roads, water comes from deep wells, and there is no electricity.
Everyday, they set out to sea. A boat’s crew is comprised...