OPAPP distributes 136 boats, nets to E. Samar fishermen
PNA | TACLOBAN CITY -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has distributed 136 boats and fishing nets as livelihood assistance to fisherfolks in eastern Samar.
The project is in partnership with Spain's Agencia Española de Cooperación International Para el Desarrollo (AECID)
Dubbed as Bangkapayapaan (boat for peace), the event was held in Hernani, Eastern Samar, led by Secretary Teresita Deles of OPPAP and Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Antonio Calvo.
Mayors of the recipient towns, Edgar Boco of Hernani, James Ty of General MacArthur and Dinco Codoy Jr. of Llorente all expressed their appreciation of the assistance given to the locals.
AICED supports the OPAPP in mainstreaming peace and development in local governance in the Philippines thru the Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance Project (MPDLGP).
As one of AECID’s efforts for assistance, the boat and net livelihood project was crafted right after the destruction of supertyphoon "Yolanda" on Nov. 8 2013.
Communities chosen as beneficiaries for this project are situated in coastal areas, wherein their main source of income is fishing. The project provided the fishermen with their own boat with engines and a set of nets to augment their income.
The first turnover was held on March 25, 2014 at Balayuan Center in Tacloban City with recipients communities of Marabut, Sta. Rita and Villareal in Samar.
Of the 136 boats turned over, there were 72 for Hernani, 24 for Llorente and 40 for General MacArthur.
Calvo is hopeful that the partnership between the Philippines and Spain thru AICED will continue and that more beneficiaries will benefit from the project.