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More Yolanda funds for Tacloban fishermen ‘missing’

Losanto Castillo, Jr., president of the Tacloban City Fisherfolks Aquatic Resources Management Council (SFARMC), files his complaint to a staff of the President Complaint Desk of the Office of the President at the Eastern Visayas State University, asking President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the missing P32 million given by the national government to the city government of Tacloban for the rehabilitation of damaged mariculture parks during the Super Typhoon Yolanda. NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

TACLOBAN CITY, June 26, 2018–More fishermen of this city have sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte for the realization of the Yolanda recovery for the fishery sector as funds for their projects are missing.

Allan Abello, President of the Tacloban North Fishermen Association based in Barangay Tagpuro, Tacloban City, has sought the help of President Duterte for the realization of the P2.4 million Yolanda rehabilitation funds given to them by the Save The Children, an international non-government organization (NGO).

Abelo sought the help of the Presidential Complaint Desk of the Office of the President set up at the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Main Campus in Tacloban City last Saturday during the Eastern Visayas launching of the Kilusang Pagbago (KP).

He said they were given P2.4 million funds by the international NGO through the city government of Tacloban and the City Agriculture Office was supposed to be their implementing partner.

Abello said the funds was not realized as Susan Borromeo, chief of the fishery sector, who was in charge of the project, allegedly tasked her husband, Manuel Borromeo as the treasurer of their group, without any election and some officers, including him were kicked out from their association.

“We are asking the help of President Duterte for the realization of this P2.4 million funds from the Save the Children as this did not went to the real fishermen but only to few people. Hope our request is given action because livelihood are affected and said funds were given for the use of the fishermen,” Abello said in his letter-complaint to Duterte.

He said the fish cages supposed to be given to them are different from the 150 fish cages and fisherlings worth P32 million given by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BfAR) to the city government of Tacloban in 2014 that did not also materialized.​ ​(Nestor L.​ ​Abrematea)

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