The Embassy of Japan held a turnover ceremony of the two-storey Piloti type processing plant under the Quick Impact Project for Typhoon Yolanda affected areas in the Municipality of Tanauan, Leyte Province on September 28.
This project is funded through the Japan Official Development Assistance program.
First Secretary Kenji Terada, together with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters’ Sectional Representative Atsutoshi Hirabayashi, JICA Philippines Office’s Sectional Representative Yoshiyuki Ueno, Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’s Regional Director Juan Albaladejo, Department of Science and Technology’s Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla, and around 50 fisher-folks from Barangay Sta. Cruz, led the ceremony.
The facility is constructed of reinforced concrete in a two-story piloti type architecture. Pilotis or piers are ground supporting columns that raise a building above ground level. This piloti feature will be useful and prevent damage during storm surges. The facility will enhance the quality of life of Tanauan fisher-folks, reduce their losses and give added value to the processed seafood products.
The Grass-root Technical Cooperation Project on “Development of mariculture and processed products using Oku-Matsushima techniques in typhoon Yolanda affected areas” will complement this project and provide technology development in aquaculture, processing, marketing and capacity building. Though these projects, we look forward to seeing a pilot site of good quality seafood products, and hope this endeavor will expand all over the Philippines.