Alcala, Gov. Tan to lead P32M Sulu fish-port groundbreaking PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 February 2011 14:23

MAIMBUNG, Sulu – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan lead national and provincial government officials today, Feb. 24, in signaling the start of construction of the P32 million fish-port complex in this southern town.

Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan said the groundbreaking ceremony indicates the start of the construction of the multi-million-peso fish-port complex here funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), which is expected to improve the living condition of fisher-folk in the area.

Gov. Tan said Alcala and BFAR Executive Director Malcolm Sarmiento are also expected to hold a dialogue with several fishermen and farmers here to get first-hand information on their needs to boost their production and increase their income.

Also, Alcala and Sarmiento are to meet local elected officials here to inform them on the programs of the department for the fisher-folk and farmers and how to avail the programs intended for them and other constituents.

The construction of the complex will commence next week and will be undertaken by the local government here, aided by the provincial engineering department.
Among the facilities of the complex is a 10-ton ice and cold storage plant for Maimbung fishermen and those from the adjacent municipalities.

For his part, Maimbung Mayor Samier Tan thanked the gesture of the provincial government towards the fish-port project, even as he admitted that his town is not capable of implementing the project without its help.

Mayor Tan said the construction of the complex will generate job opportunities for the local residents, at the same time, an added income to the municipality.

The fish-port complex will be equipped with a land-based power generator to supply the power requirements of the various facilities inside the complex.

Meanwhile, Tan, the other day, unveiled plans of the provincial government to build an additional 500 housing units for the poor people of the province.

Tan said the project is part of a massive housing program of the provincial government, in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Gawad Kalinga (GK).

The governor said the project is aimed at providing shelter to poor families in the different villages in Sulu. — Sulu PIO