By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, Dec 5 (PIA-ICCC) — Hundreds of Marawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will soon receive reinforced fiberglass non-motorized boat units with paddle and a starting capital from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BFAR-ARMM).

In a turnover ceremony held here at Barangay Lokus a Datu Public market on Dec. 5, the Marawi City Fishery Office (MCFO) initially distributed 10 non-motorized boats out of 450 units with free BOAT-R registration and a P2,500 check as a starting capital.

Marawi City Fishery Officer Saida Tomadung said this is a part of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol’s commitment to the Marawi fisherfolk IDPs.

“We will always continue to support our fisherfolks. We have more motorized boats, fisherfolk equipment, and fingerlings dispersal this month and next year,” Tomadung said.

Anwar Batua-an, a fisherfolk IDP from Barangay Kilala, said BFAR has been very supportive to the city’s fisherfolks especially after the siege.
“Thank you to BFAR for all the support. We made use of it to get back on our feet again,” Batua-an said.


Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra with MCFO Saida Tomadung and other local officials formally turning over a reinforced fiberglass boat to Batua-an (Photo by James Umaran)

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra, in his message, thanked BFAR being a longtime partner of the local government in helping the city rise again. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC