DAVAO CITY – A total of 700 fisherfolk from Davao Oriental province received free fishing boats for this year, says the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRI).
The turnover of fishing boats was a joint project of the Provincial Government and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) under the Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Program.
In a Philippine Information Agency dispatch, PAGRI said the project “is part of the long-term interventions of the government for the victims of typhoon Pablo which severely devastated the province in 2012.”
It said that out of the 700 boats provided, 300 were motorized, while 400 were non-motorized.
Felipe Montera, chief of the fisheries section of the PAGRI, during the latest turnover ceremony to 111 fisherfolks in the coastal town of Baganga, said that around 192 additional boats funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon be distributed across the typhoon-hit coastal towns of Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga.(davaotoday.com)