THE Naval Reserve Center Eastern Visayas (NRCen-EV), in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, turned over 10 fishing boats to survivors of Typhoon Odette in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The fishing boats represent a new hope for the survivors of Typhoon Odette, which struck Cebu in December 2021.

“The fishing boats of the beneficiaries were either destroyed or heavily damaged by the storm,” said NRCen-EV Commander James Francis Lugtu.

“These boats will hopefully provide gainful employment to our beneficiaries, as well help their families and community in general resume their way of living,” he added.

Commodore Florante Gagua, commander of Naval Forces Central, said the project was timely and relevant in helping the community recover from the devastation brought about by Typhoon Odette.

The Bangka Project, with the theme “Layag para sa Kaugmaon” (Sailing for the Future), aims to restore the livelihood of the members of the “Happy Fisher Folks” in the island. (PR)