ILOILO – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is still helping fishermen back on their feet although six months have passed since Super Typhoon Yolanda.
This rehabilitation effort is embodied in BFAR’s “Ahon” Program targeting fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the monster storm.
Here alone, 2,091 fisherfolk whose motorboats were partially damaged have been identified as beneficiaries of the program so far.
Of the number, 1,369 have received brand new engines, assorted fishing gears, marine plywood and other construction materials; 637 have not yet received the aid; and 58 are scheduled for verification.
These beneficiaries are coming from 12 hardest hit towns – Ajuy (150), Anilao (71), Balasan (156), Banate (165), Barotac Nuevo (78), Barotac Viejo (175), Carles (783), Concepcion (22), Estancia (210), Miagao (98), San Dionisio (106) and San Joaquin (77).
The program will also help those fishermen whose boats were totally damaged but the funds for that are yet to be released, according to Joel Abalayan and Lea Perocha of BFAR-6 said.
In response, Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo thanked BFAR-6 on behalf of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. for helping the affected fishermen restart their livelihood.
“We are very thankful that BFAR is also helping us aside from the various non-government organizations and philanthropists donating for Adopt-a-Fisherman,” Toledo said.
Adopt-a-Fisherman Program is a separate program organized by the provincial government for the affected fishermen of the super typhoon.
The eligible fishermen that are not covered by Adopt-a-Fisherman are being shouldered by BFAR to avoid duplication. #2014News