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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012


BFAR to release funds for fishing boats of fisherfolks in Isabela

by Oliver T. Baccay

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 2 is set to release funds to replace fishing boats of fisher folks in the coastal towns of Isabela.

These boats were destroyed during the onset of typhoon “Juan” in December 2010.

Regional director Jovita P. Ayson stated that they are yet to determine the number of beneficiaries based on the reported number of victims during the said calamities and the number of boats to be built by the beneficiaries.

Ayson also stated that they will let the fisher folk build their own fishing boats and BFAR will finance the materials needed to implement counter parting scheme wherein the beneficiary shall be responsible for the labor and the materials will come from the government.

Typhoon “Juan” was one of the most devastating disasters in the region where many families lost their homes and livelihood. A lot of casualties were also recorded. Most of the victims were from the coastal towns of Isabela and the 1st district area.

“This is our efforts in helping the fisher folk restore their livelihoods and part of our rehabilitation and recovery plan which we contributed in the disaster management council,” Ayson said.

She mentioned that the fishing boats will both be motorized and non-motorized, depending on the needs and to where it will be utilized.

On the other hand, Ayson further stated that they will also release some fishing gears to the fishermen and provide post harvest facilities to help boost their productions and upgrade the quality of their products. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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