ILOILO – A day after it was formally launched in Concepcion town here, the private sector committed P40.4-million donations for “Adopt a Fisherman” Program that will help restore the livelihood of those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Of the total amount, P21-million will come from an anonymous donor and P15-million will come from Concern Worldwide, an international charity dedicated to help poor people anywhere else.
The remaining P4,463,000, on the other hand, are cash donations from various individuals and corporations that were deposited in the province’s trust fund account at the Land Bank of the Philippines.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the donations except those in the province’s trust fund account can build 2,400 brand new motorboats for the affected fishermen in Northern Iloilo.
“The program will focus on the marginal fisherman using passive and non destructive fishing gear and will receive a maximum financial assistance, mostly materials and motor engine, in the amount of P15,000,” Banias said.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. lauded the private sector for their “tremendous and encouraging response” to the program.
Defensor assured the donors that all their donations will be accounted through a monitoring and evaluation system which the province will establish soon.
The Adopt a Fisherman Program aims to generate funds and donations for the construction of motorboats for 9,000 affected fishermen in the towns of Carles, Banate, Estancia, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad and Ajuy.
Donors also have the option to choose their beneficiaries from the towns of Barotac Viejo, Banate and Anilao. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)