City Hall foregoes Christmas Party for Yolanda victims-A A +A
Monday, December 2, 2013
OFFICIALS and employees of the Iloilo City Government decided not to hold their Christmas party and, instead, donated the P500,000 fund to the marginal fishermen in northern Iloilo who were victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Monday turned over the financial aid to lawyer Dennis Ventilacion, Provincial Capitol legal officer, for the purchase of fishing boats, including marine engines and fishing gears.
Earlier, the City Government also gave financial assistance (P50,000 each) to 11 municipalities in northern Iloilo, P100,000 to Passi City and another P100,000 to Roxas City in Capiz province.
The financial assistance is on top of the truckloads of emergency food assistance and used clothing donated by the City Hall officials and employees.
Ventilacion admitted that some 9,000 marginal and municipal fishermen in northern Iloilo lost their fishing boats when Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Iloilo. He said the amount from the city will greatly help the fishermen to resume their fishing livelihood.
More than 10,000 fishing boats were destroyed by the typhoon on November 8, 2013.
Marginal fishermen are those fishing in the municipal water not more than 15 kilometers from the shoreline. Some indulged in hook and line fishing while others used fine mesh nets in fishing.
Northern Iloilo is a rich fishing ground of the province and Estancia town is considered as the Alaska of the Philippines for its rich marine fish source.