Chinese embassy assists Haiyan-affected Philippine fishermen

Boats and fishing equipment provided to 30 fishermen in Leyte

March 24, 2016
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.

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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