Batiano River fishermen receive aid-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
A TOTAL of 40 fish pen owners along the Batiano River in Iloilo City have each received a P10,000 worth of livelihood cash assistance from Senate President Franklin Drilon.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the self employment assistance Kauswagan program, also gave an additional P10,000 for the operators to start alternative livelihood projects.
Oton Mayor Vincent Flores said they already identified 116 informal settlers along the Batiano River banks.
He said a 1.5-hectare area is being prepared as their relocation site.
The mayor said the clean-up of the 15-kilometer river is an “off-shoot of the comprehensive development projects” at the Iloilo River spanning some 17 kilometers through Iloilo City.
He said he is thankful for the support of Drilon and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in the rehabilitation of Batiano River.
Seventy-two fishermen, who were affected by the removal of illegal fish pens at the Iloilo River, also received a total of P864,000 for alternative livelihood assistance.