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Government to Help Fishermen Rebuild Homes after Typhoon

18 December 2012

PHILIPPINES - Fisherfolks in Central Visayas whose houses have been devastated by Typhoon Pablo can expect assistance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7.

BFAR 7 Regional Director Andres Bojos said their agency will provide housing materials such as marine plywood to fishermen in the region whose homes have been destroyed by the typhoon.

The provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor as well as southern Cebu have been placed under signal number three while the rest of Central Visayas under signal number two during the imminent landfall of Typhoon Pablo last 4 December.

“That is now the direction of our agency in times of disaster where we will provide assistance to fisherfolks,” said Mr Bojos.

Mr Bojos however, said they are still validating the list of fishermen who were really typhoon victims.

“We need to validate the list in order to check whether some are just not taking advantage,” of the assistance, headed.

Mr Bojos presided over the year-end meeting of the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance Region 7 (CLEAR) Friday which was attended by over 15 members from government and non-government organizations.

The BFAR 7 chief said the fight against illegal fishing continues as he reported to the group of an additional floating asset in the pursuit against illegal big-time fishing vessel operators.

“There is a budget of P12 million for the building of a 40-footer patrol boat which should run up to 30 knots,” added Mr Bojos.

The P12 million budget was supposed to fund for two similar boats until it was discussed that the budget was too small prompting Bojos to decide that only one patrol vessel should be built.

“The boat will also be used in emergency and rescue operations in times of calamities,” Mr Bojos stressed.

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