ILOILO – Though it has been five months since the disaster, Senator Sergio Osmeña III is donating P3-million to help Ilonggos recover from the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
According to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the donation came from Senate’s savings and it will be used in the provincial government’s rehabilitation programs.
It will specifically be used to build additional motorboats for fishermen whose livelihoods were disrupted after the monster storm, he said.
“We are thankful that the senator remembers the typhoon victims in the province,” he told reporters in press conference, Thursday.
Defensor added that he already sent a representative to pick-up the check at the senator’s office.
Excluding the recent donation, the governor has collected P8,468,748.40 as of April 21, 2014 for the province’s Adopt-a-Fisherman Project.
Of the amount, some P5-million has been utilized to procure construction materials and engines for 250 motorboats.
Defensor said almost 7,000 motorboats from both private and public sectors have been distributed to affected fishermen in Estancia, Carles, Batad, Concepcion, and Ajuy.
“We still need 2,000 motorboats and we are optimistic that with the help of everyone, we can built it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor is keen in holding a ceremony two months from now to thank all those Good Samaritans who helped the province during and after the onslaught of the super typhoon. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)