TACLOBAN CITY- Families now temporarily living at the destroyed fish port building of the city would be given priority for transfer at the bunkhouses.
This was vowed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during his February 28 visit to Tacloban, adding that he would talk with Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson on this matter.
Alcala said that the 80 families now living at the said facility should be moved out to the bunk houses so that they could easily plan its immediate repair of the damages it sustained during the supertyphoon Yolanda more than three months ago.
The Tacloban fish port complex, located at Barangay 37, was constructed at P44.3 million and was considered as a finished project four days before Yolanda pummeled the city on November 8, 2013.
It was learned from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources National Director Asis Perez that the said facility was to be turned over to the city government by the Philippine Fishery Development Authority (PFDA) with dredging and scouring works remain unfinished at that time.
But the dredging machine, owned by the Department of Public Works and Highways, was washed away to the San Jose district during the typhoon.
“Hopefully we can resettle the families affected by Yolanda so that in the next three to four months, we can do the necessary repairs and use the fish port eventually” said Perez.
At present, the old fish port at the Old Road-Magallanes area is being utilized, he added. (LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)