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Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (JASAE)
Journal ID : JASAE-13-11-2020-48
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Abstract : Coronavirus ruins the families globally especially people who earn below-average income that includes the fishermen sector. This study aimed to determine the lived experiences of fishermen amid coronavirus Pandemic. It employed a qualitative design using the collaizzi approach through face to face interviews. During the lockdown fishermen were not allowed to go out of their respective homes and prohibited them to go out to sea, it had affected them economically and had to depend from government subsidy and food aids from non-government organizations. Fishermen families have planted vegetables, work as house helper, do firewood gathering and reduced their food intake to cope with the crisis. The participants were in a state of fear and worries during the pandemic, family help each other to find livelihood options to earn money for food and other family needs. The culture of Filipino of being hospitable and accommodating to relatives was naturally denied just to prevent contamination of the virus. Fishermen were emotionally affected since they were worried about how to support their families while afraid of being infected by Covid-19. Findings have implications for government and non-government organizations that assist marginalized sectors especially the fishermen during the time of the pandemic.

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