Davao Or. to receive fiberglass boats next

Subscribe Now July 17, 2014 at 09:08am

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced plans to distribute in the next three months 400 fiberglass boats to fishermen affected a recent typhoon in Davao Oriental, a regional official said on Wednesday.

BFAR Regional Director Fatima Idris said the boats, which cost about P30,000 each, was intended as replacement for the boats the fishermen lost when super Typhoon Pablo hit the area in December 2012.

“These fiberglass boats, which we call Bankang Pinoy, are designed to survive rough seas and keep fishermen afloat when unexpected disasters happen at sea,” Idris said.

A similar program was implemented in Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda struck the area in 2013. BFAR has started procurement of materials for the boats.

The project is part of the agency’s AHON Rehabilitation Project, which aims to distribute 30,000 fishing boats in Mimaropa, central and Eastern Visayas. The agency has trained 45 personnel in building fiberglass boats at the National Marine Fisheries Development Center in Sangley Point in Cavite.

Source: manilastandardtoday.com

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