ILOILO – Seventy-nine percent of the 335 fishermen who lost their livelihood after Super Typhoon Yolanda have been paid for the labor they provided in building their motorboats.
These fishermen from Ajuy (35), Anilao (15), Banate (35), Barotac Viejo (30), Carles (100), Estancia (30) and San Dionisio (20) were beneficiaries of Adopt-A-Fisherman Program.
The program, which was implemented since January 2014, was held in partnership with various private institutions.
It was conceptualized by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. in order to revive the livelihood of fishermen who suffered from the wrath of the monster storm.
Thanks to the overwhelming donations, over 10,000 fishermen were provided with new motorboats and fishing gears under the program.
Part of the donations the province collected through the program was given directly to the beneficiaries as payment for their labor.
Each received P2,700 and for this batch of beneficiaries, the province disbursed P715,500, according to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
There are still 70 fishermen from Batad (40) and Concepcion (30) who will receive the cash for their work by June or as soon as they completed the needed documentary requirements.