Typhoon-affected fisherfolk to get more boats

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Friday, May 2, 2014

MORE boats will be given to Typhoon Yolanda-affected fisherfolk in northern Cebu, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported Friday.

BFAR Assistant Regional Director Allan L. Poquita, during a post-Yolanda press briefing held in Camp Lapu-Lapu on Friday, said they have constructed 610 more motor boat units that will be given to Yolanda survivors.

A total of 301 out of the 610 motorized bancas were already distributed in Bantayan and Camotes Island, Poquita said.

BFAR has distributed to San Francisco 25 pumpboats; Poro, 25; Tudela, 25; Pilar, 25; Madridejos, 25; Sta. Fe, 40; and Bantayan, 36.

The agency also distributed 100 pumpboats during Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala's visit in the province last April 7.

Poquita said the typhoon survivors were the ones constructing the boats and are being compensated through BFAR's cash-for-work program.

Typhoon survivors are paid P3,000 for each boat they build and P1,500 for each unit they repair.

A total of P1,263,000 was already released for their cash-for-work effort.

Aside from boats and boat engines, the BFAR also gave repair materials such as marine plywood, copper nails and marine epoxy.

Poquita said they target to build 2,000 more units of fishing boats.

The Environment department, meanwhile, has continued to offer its cash-for-work program.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Visayas spokesperson Eddie Llamedo said cash-for-work program involves planting of mangroves and cutting of trees toppled during Yolanda's onslaught.

Llamedo said the trees will be converted to lumber pieces that will be used to build and repair houses of the typhoon survivors.

He added that planting of mangroves is essential, saying these plants act as natural barriers against storm surge. (Sunnex)

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