In the aftermath of Typhoon Egay’s devastating impact on Central Luzon, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Luzon (DA-BFAR 3) has taken a compassionate stride towards aiding affected fishers in Malolos, Bulacan.
Typhoon Egay, which swept through the region middle of this year, left a trail of destruction, particularly affecting the livelihoods of local fishers. DA-BFAR 3, in a heartfelt response to the plight of the fishing communities, organized a distribution of essential assistance. The initiative included boat repair materials and fishing gears vital for the restoration of damaged boats and provision of fishing equipment. The distribution, which was led by PFO Joseph Bitara, encompassed marine plywood, gallons of epoxy putty and epoxy paints, gillnets, 13 HP marine engines, amounting to a total value of 395,126 pesos.
Simultaneously, the activity marked the distribution of fuel discount cards, providing much-needed relief to the affected fishers. A total of 151 fuel discount cards, each loaded with 3,000 pesos were distributed, contributing a substantial 453,000 pesos to support the recovery efforts.
The assistance, which was made possible through the support and the attendance of Bulacan Vice Governor Alex Castro and Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo, not only addresses the immediate needs of the fishers but also underscores BFAR’s commitment to rebuilding the resilience of coastal communities in the face of natural disasters.