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Alvarado extends assistance to fisherfolks affected by floods
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS —Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado yesterday led the distribution of agricultural assistance to fishermen, who were affected by the heavy flooding wrought by back-t0-back typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” last year.

Alvarado said that the program is geared to provide fisher folks some 200,000 mangrove propagules, 20,000 nipa shoots, 20 shallow tube wells, gillnets and 10 million fingerlings.

“Through the years, Bulakenyos had proven their resiliency and not the sort who gives up easily. That’s why, we would like to help our fishermen and farmers to start anew and gain back what they had lost during the typhoons. It will also serve as a step to help them increase their production,” said Alvarado.

The governor added that farmers and fishermen are still being considered in our province as heroes.

“Kailangan palakasin at paunlarin ang kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda dahil kapag tinulungan natin sila, tinutulungan na din natin ang ating sarili dahil sila ang nagpapawis at nagsisikap para matiyak na lagi tayong may pagkain at para na rin natin pinalakas ang republika,” Alvarado said.

Provincial Agriculture Officer Gloria Carillo said that affected farmers and fishermen came from the towns of Paombong, Obando,Calumpit, Bulakan, Balagtas, Bocaue, Plaridel, Marilao, Hagonoy and the cities of Meycauayan and Malolos.

The occasion became more meaningful with the arrival of Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima who graced the event and discussed the rights of the workers.

Officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Irrigation Administration and Department of Agrarian Reform.

The event was also highlighted by the oath taking of the new officers of the Barangay Agrarian Reform Council (BARC). ###

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