ILOILO –The provincial government officially launched on Wednesday a program that will help rebuild the lives of typhoon-stricken fishermen in seven coastal towns in Northern Iloilo.
Dubbed as “Adopt a Fisherman”, this program aims to generate funds and donations to construct brand new motorboats for 9,000 marginalized fishermen who lost their livelihood due to Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.
The concept of the program actually came from an Ilongga philanthropist who earlier pledged to give P15-million for the procurement of motorboats covering 1,000 affected fishermen.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. then adopted the program and encouraged others to do the same because a small boat means a lot to a fisherman.
“In one of my onsite visits, a fisherman told me that they need their livelihood back. The construction of their houses, he said, can come later,” he said.
Based on the program, the beneficiaries should come from the towns of Carles, Balasan, Batad, San Dionisio, Concepcion and Ajuy.
Donors also have the option to choose their beneficiaries from the towns of Barotac Viejo, Banate and Anilao if they wanted to, he added.
At present, Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias said they are in the processes of sanitizing the list of potential beneficiaries.
Banias also announced that another philanthropist donated additional P15-million for the program.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog also handed over P500,000 to Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Dennis Ventilacion on Monday as donation for the same. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)