'Odette' victims receive boats for livelihood from BFAR
January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 7:01 PM by Aira MirandaRESTORING LIVELIHOOD. Some of the fiberglass boats distributed to typhoon-affected fishermen in Maasin City, Southern Leyte on Jan. 22, 2022. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is eyeing to distribute more than 200 fiberglass boats for 454 fishermen from 18 coastal villages of Maasin within the first quarter of 2022. (Photo courtesy of BFAR-8)
A month after Typhoon Odette devastated Southern Leyte, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has begun distributing 15 fiberglass boats to fishermen in Maasin City to aid in their recovery.
Regional Director of BFAR 8 (Eastern Visayas) Juan Albaladejo said on Wednesday, Jan. 26, that fishermen from Asuncion, Combado, and Pasay villages in the provincial capital received the boats with engines and accessories on Jan. 22.
“The fishing boats, with an estimated value of P45,000 to P50,000 each, is part of the first batch of distribution of fisheries livelihood interventions to the people of Maasin as committed by the BFAR through National Director Eduardo Gongona. He also pledged that the bureau would earnestly work to deliver the requested number of fishing boats for the City of Maasin by the end of March 2022,” Albaladejo said.
He stated that the fisheries bureau is committed to increasing local fisheries production by creating job opportunities.
Within the first quarter of 2022, the BFAR hopes to distribute more than 200 fiberglass boats to 454 fishermen from Maasin's 18 coastal villages.
The BFAR-8 builds fiberglass boats and acquires necessary fishing equipment and paraphernalia to aid in the industry's recovery.
Albaladejo added that the central government is also pursuing necessary proposals for immediate and appropriate funding.
In December 2021, recipients were identified through an on-the-ground assessment conducted by the provincial fishery office of Southern Leyte, assisted by the city agriculture office.
BFAR personnel recorded approximately P28 million in damage and losses to fisheries-related livelihoods and infrastructures in the city alone during the assessment.
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