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  • Marilex Sa-ao

Aparri fisherfolk receive 117 motorized fiberglass boats from the Office of the President

Cagayan, Philippines – A total of 117 motorized fiberglass boats were given to fisherfolk and Tulong Panghanap Buhay sa ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) beneficiaries on October 2, 2021.

It is expected that with the said grant, the fisherfolk will be able to catch more fish, helping them in this pandemic time when expenses for boat repairs and procurement can be a huge burden.

According to Cagayan Provincial Information Office, the national government, through Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvester Bello III and Department of Transportation (DOTR) Secretary Arthur Tugade, visited the municipality to hand over the fiberglass boats as an aid to the province of Cagayan.

The province was one of the most severely affected by heavy rainfall that triggered massive flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Lawin, and Ompong.

In a related news, Governor Manuel Mamba expressed gratitude to the President for the support and for allowing the dredging or the removal of accumulated sediment from the bottom of Cagayan River.

The said dredging project is in preparation to the opening of the port of Appari.

Mamba said it is only under the current administration that the dredging in the said river was made possible through Build Back Better program of the government.

The governor earlier explained that the re-launching of the port in Aparri town is expected to bring more development to the province.

The local governments in the province appealed that the government’s program be widened such as the additional deployment of the Philippine Coast Guard to help in the opening of the port of Aparri.


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