By Ernie Reyes
BOHOL — Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday (Dec. 29) sought the help of fiberglass manufacturers in the country to help thousands of fisherfolk whose boats have been destroyed by Typhoon Odette.
“Nananawagan po ako sa mga lider ng fiberglass manufacturing industry sa ating bansa na tulungan sanang makabangon muli ang mga mangingisda na nawalan nang kabuhayan dulot ng Typhoon Odette,” Pangilinan said.
“Nangangailangan sila ng bagong banka dahil inanod o sinira nang Typhoon Odette ang mga luma nilang bangka. Napakalaking bagay sa mga mangingisda kung mapapalitan ang nasira nilang bangka sa loob ng madaling panahon,” Pangilinan said.
“Millions of pesos worth of motorized bancas, pump boats, and fishing gear have been wiped out in the fury of Typhoon Odette,” he said.
“We need to replace soonest the fishing boats of affected fisherfolk in order to restore their sources livelihood,” Pangilinan said.
“Fiberglass is a great replacement to wooden bancas. Trees must be cut to make new wooden boats. Cutting trees will further deplete our forest cover. And this is not environmental-friendly,” Pangilinan said. (ai/mtvn)