Fishermen get new pump boat engines, materials

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A TOTAL of 130 fishermen, who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), on Monday received engines and other materials for the construction of their new pump boats.

Fishermen from the towns of Aljuy and Estancia in Iloilo City lost more than 10,000 pump boats during the onslaught of Yolanda last November 2013.

In Ajuy alone, 861 pump boats were destroyed, said Mayor Juan Alvarez. So far, they only got 86 new pump boats.


Some of the pledges are the 25 units of motor boats from Senator Franklin Drilon, 600 units from Adra Foundation, and portion of the 700 units from Concern Worldwide.

To ensure that they could build their pump boats, Iloilo Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce President Ramon Locsin also gave each of the beneficiaries P2,700 for carpenter’s fee.

“We thank God for the blessings He showed upon us through these benevolent donors. We assure them too that we will not disappoint them,” said Gen Clemente, one of the beneficiaries from Barangay Tagubanhan, Ajuy.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. told the fishermen not to lose hope and faith that one day they would all recover from the disaster.

“We, in the government, are doing everything to help you back on your feet, so never lose hope. Just remember that for as long as I am a public servant and for as long as I am alive, I will do everything in my power to help you; trust me,” he said.

Locsin, Gov. Defensor and his wife Cossette led the turn over ceremony at the Ajuy Municipal Hall and Estancia Fishing Port.

Locsin said the donations came from the Mothers on a Mission to Serve, Cathay Pacific Vancouver Base, To God Be The Glory, Sisters, Super Twins, Twins Lampien, Grand, Cherub, PANANAMPALATAYA, JP and Cara, IMPLEX Philippines Co. Inc., Springer Int’l Inc., John K.C Ng, and Hill Brand Group Italywhich. (PIO)

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