Three typhoon-hit towns in northern Iloilo will soon benefit from the $10-million grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the rehabilitation of their fishing ports.
KOICA service deputy residence representative Young–ram Kim said the three towns were Estancia, Concepcion and Carles.
“We want to give priority to the livelihood of those fi-shermen who were greatly affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” she said during a visit to the Iloilo Provincial Capitol building Wednesday.
Youngram said they have chosen the three towns as their beneficiaries after the endorsement of their team that visited the province a few months ago.
Meanwhile, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the grant will be in the form of the construction of cold storage facilities and causeways, among others.
Defensor said a team from Korea had visited the three fishing ports to validate the extent of the damage caused by typhoon.
He said another team will visit these areas next month for the finalization of the project.
Defensor added KOICA will be the one to facilitate the bidding of the project among interested local bidders.
The governor said the project may start in October or before the year ends.
“This grant is a big help to the province especially to the fishing industry of these town beneficiaries. Apart from fishing boats, this is still part of our commitment to continue helping our fishermen who lost their livelihood due to typhoon Yolanda,” he concluded.