Agri-fishery aid on the way

Livelihood aid is on the way as Governor Hilario P. Davide III signed a P33 million agri-fishery rehabilitation plan.

The budget came from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7. It was turned over to the province through Vice Governor Agnes Magpale last month.

It is intended to rehabilitate fishery resources damaged in the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last November.

Statistics from BFAR show Yolanda damaged 1,000 seaweed farms, 32 fish cages, 12,550 fishing gears, five fish pens, and 20 fish corrals.

Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena said the Capitol is already on the process of procuring the fisheries materials.

The materials will be distributed to the 16 local government units that were heavily hit by the typhoon.

“The LGUs will implement the rehabilitation plan subject to a validation process by the provincial government. This is to ensure the plan is properly applied,” Saragena said.

Aside from giving out financial aid, BFAR also distributed materials for its banca repair program in the north. These affected LGUs mainly relied on fishing livelihood. Xerxes Alkuino