Yolanda-hit fisherfolk get 30,000 boats

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NEW BOATS  More than 30,000 boats from the AHON! Rehabilitation Initiative have been distributed to fisherfolk in Yolanda-hit areas. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQAUTIC RESOURCES

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More than 30,000 boats from the AHON! Rehabilitation Initiative have been distributed to fisherfolk in Yolanda-hit areas. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQAUTIC RESOURCES

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Sunday said the AHON! Rehabilitation Initiative has surpassed its target of distributing fishing boats to coastal communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

BFAR director Asis Perez said over 30,000 units of newly-built and repaired boats and material benefitted fishermen in Eastern, Central and Western Visayas and Palawan.

“AHON! worked because a lot of people supported this initiative. From private individuals, corporations, government, non-governmental organizations to the survivors themselves, each one contributed to AHON!’s success,” said Perez, also Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries.

He said more than 5,000 fiberglass boats are still being constructed for Eastern Visayas fisherfolk. The boats which AHON! built and distributed were to replace those destroyed by the typhoon based on the agency’s ground assessment.


Perez said that aside from boats, AHON! also covered post-harvest equipment particularly chest freezers, which were turned over to women fisherfolk associations.

So far, BFAR has distributed 18,000 units of 5.5 horsepower (hp), 7.5 hp, and 12 hp marine engines, 50,557 units of line gears and 35,224 units of gill nets for both motorized and non-motorized fishing boats.

A total of P178 million was used for the rehabilitation of seaweed farms which were also damaged by the typhoon. Distributed to farmers were 13,840 rolls of 1,000-meter Polyethylene ropes, 3,460 units of plastic twines, 356,750 pieces of plastic floaters and 865 metric tons of seaweed seedlings.

BFAR was part of the commemoration of the first year anniversary of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City from November 4 to 7. Also present were Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Sen. Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, local government officials, private sector, NGOs, and farmers and fisherfolk.

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  1. >>> what a mess? Please don’t mixed otherwise give an emphasis and specifically who is the originator and from where the boats came from. If this is from private sector, thats it only.

    >>> to rehab committee of government( whatever it was name or title) and maritime agency, BETTER BUILT SEVERAL MARINE SHIPS like those chinese vessels poachers in spratley islands.

  2. You know what’s missing in this report? A stronger statement that the officials of the Aquino Admin–aside from the BFAR ones mentioned–had NOTHING to do with these help from the private sector. Another important item missing: that the bulk of the boats were given by Catholic Pro-LIFE and parish people. These are the same people that anti-Catholics keep referring to as harmful to Philippine society!