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Chinese embassy assists Haiyan-affected Philippine fishermen

Boats and fishing equipment provided to 30 fishermen in Leyte

Published: March 24, 2016 07:49 AM GMT

Updated: March 24, 2016 07:50 AM GMT

Chinese embassy assists Haiyan-affected Philippine fishermen

Some 30 fishermen from the Philippine coastal communities in Leyte province received fishing boats and gear through the Center for Agrarian Reform Empowerment and Transformation, Inc., a Quezon City-based aid agency funded by the Chinese embassy in Manila.

During a mid-March ceremony at the Isabel covered court, Mayor Gregorio Cerillo said the assistance came at a time when the communities are slowly but surely recovering from the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan nearly three years ago.

The center's executive director Ferdinand Buenviaje said fishermen have encountered a dwindling fish catch due to illegal fishing and encroachment of commercial fishing boats in the municipal waters, which are supposed to be exclusive to subsistence fishermen.

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Buenviaje said even after a year after the super typhoon's impact on Eastern Visayas, fishermen have resorted to renting out their boats or have started working for commercial boat owners.

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