Yolanda vic­tims in 2 Iloilo towns get boat ma­te­ri­als

Business World - - THENATION - Hope U. Con­serva Louine

FISHERFOLK IN two Iloilo towns will re­ceive ma­te­ri­als for boat-build­ing to­day, Nov. 10, as part of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by typhoon Yolanda (in­ter­na­tional name: Haiyan) four years ago. “It took us time to dis­trib­ute the boat ma­te­ri­als be­cause there were no bid­ders and it is hard to find the needed wooden hulls,” said Iloilo Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Raul N. Ba­nias. The 180 sets of boat ma­te­ri­als, com­ing from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources-Re­gion 6, will be dis­trib­uted in the towns of Car­les, with 100 ben­e­fi­cia­ries, and Concepcion, 80. Yolanda, which swept through cen­tral Philip­pines and made six land­falls, af­fected 962 barangays in 31 towns in Iloilo. Records show 87,064 houses were de­stroyed while 86,004 homes were par­tially dam­aged. About 200 peo­ple were killed, while 192,906 fam­i­lies, con­sist­ing of 917, 238 in­di­vid­u­als, were dis­placed. Mr. Ba­nias said the con­struc­tion of the re­set­tle­ment area for some parts of north­ern Iloilo, which is un­der the Na­tional Hous­ing Author­ity (NHA), has yet to start. He said the NHA is still in the process of com­plet­ing the bid­ding and pro­cure­ment stage. —

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.