Guv keen in reaching 9,000 boat donations

ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is confident that the province can reach the desired 9,000 boat donations for the fishermen affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) here.

“Since there has been an overwhelming response from the private sector, we are very confident that we can reach the target,” Defensor said.

As of Thursday, the local chief executive disclosed that there is almost P7-million cash donations deposited in the province’s trust fund for “Adopt a Fisherman” Program.

The recent donation is P240,000 cash from Calinog Mayor Alex Centena. The funds were raised through Linog sa Calinog, a battle of the sounds held every February 12 of the year in celebration of the mayor’s birthday.

“All of these (cash) donations will be used to purchase the construction materials and engines needed for the boats,” assured Defensor.

Since these donations are channelled through the province, a public competitive bidding will be held where a qualified contractor/supplier will be selected.

So far, Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo has issued a P5.7-million purchase request for gasoline engine, marine plywood, stainless shafting and propeller, copper nails, marine epoxy, paint and paint brush, nylon, polyvinyl chloride pipe and galvanize iron pipe.

Once the contractor/supplier is identified, all of the items will be delivered to the municipalities of Estancia, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Banate, Batad, Ajuy and Barotac Viejo within a week since the receipt of the Notice to Proceed from the Bids and Awards Committee.

As of February 28, 2014, records from Provincial Agriculture’s Office said that there are more than 10,000 fisher folk who lost their fishing vessels due to the super typhoon. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)



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