$10M up for Iloilo port development

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Friday, January 10, 2014


THE province of Iloilo is set to receive a $10-million foreign development assistance fund for the rehabilitation and development of the three existing seaports in Northern Iloilo.

Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) visited on Thursday the seaports of Carles, Estancia and Concepcion that were all damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013.

“The vice president (Koica Vice President Doo Jungsoo) saw the real situation in the ground and he understands the plight of the Ilonggos. He then volunteered to look into the possibility of how KOICA can be of help to the fishery industry of this province,” said Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.

Koica representatives Song Minyeon and Seo Dong Sun, senior deputy resident representative Kim Young Ran, management adviser Cho Duckwon, and program manager Afable Francis also went to Northern Iloilo Polytechnic and State College (NIPSC) in Estancia for its possible rehab.

Minyeon said they will prioritize the seaport in Concepcion because it is less developed compared to the two others.

He said they will send their technical team in the areas in two weeks time to conduct an economic analysis and to draft the terms of reference of the project. The technical team will also be in-charge in crafting the record of discussion between Koica and the province.

Based on their initial discussions, Provincial Planning and Development Office Chief Mario Nillos said the proposed project will cover reconstruction of the ports landing quays and causeways and berthing and servicing piers.

It will also involve concrete revetment, trading halls, refrigeration facilities and plug-in, and improvement of the administration buildings.

Livelihood components by way of mariculture (seabass, snapper and grouper), aqua-silviculture (culture of crabs, shrimps in mangrove areas), seaweeds farming, development of fishery products and shell crafts will also be implemented.

The governor, meanwhile, assured Koica that the Provincial Government will take care of the needed clearances, endorsements and other administrative requirements for the project.

Defensor said he will create a project management office where the local government units and National Government agencies concerned will be actively involved.

The agencies include the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the National Economic Development Authority. (PIO)

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