THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) yesterday turned over P33 million to the Provincial Government Capitol to rehabilitate aquatic farms and fishery equipment in northern Cebu, which were damaged by typhoon Yolanda.
According to the BFAR, 32 fish cages; 1,000 seaweed farms; five fish pens; 20 fish corrals; and 12,550 fishing gear in northern Cebu were damaged by Yolanda.
The BFAR said the damage on seaweed farms cost P15 million while that of fish cages reached P10 million. Damage to other fishery e quipment was reported to cost P8 million.
Task Force Paglig-on head Baltazar Tribunalo said, though, they will allocate the funds from BFAR according to priorities.
He said the damage to fisheries reported by affected local government units exceeded P33 million.
In a memorandum of agreement signed between Gov. Hilario Davide III and BFAR Director Asis Perez, the government aims to complete the rehabilitation of the fisheries sector in northern Cebu eight months from yesterday.
BFAR 7 Director Andres Bojos gave the check for P33 million to Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
In a related development, the Capitol will distribute today cash incentives to barangay workers in Medellin and Daanbantayan who were affected by typhoon Yolanda.
The Province allotted P43 million for the financial incentives to barangay workers.
The amount covers P2,400 to each barangay health worker, nutrition scholar and day care worker; and P1,500 each for barangay tanods and animal health aides.
Cebu Province has 14,713 tanods; 8,050 health workers; 904 nutrition scholars; 1,621 day care workers; and 431 animal health aides.
The practice of giving cash incentives to barangay workers began during the term of then governor Gwendolyn Garcia, now third district congresswoman.
Next week, the Capitol will distribute cash incentives to barangay workers in Sogod, Catmon, Madridejos, Bantayan and Sta. Fe.