CITY OF ILOILO – The municipality of Concepcion in Iloilo province on Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony for a PHP 150 million fishing port project which, when completed, will benefit its fishing communities and nearby towns .
“With the new installation, the commercial and economic activity of the fishing port will be strengthened. Our fishing income represents a significant percentage of our total local income. We hope to attract more fishing vessels to use and frequent this facility, because with the extended causeway, even at low tide, large vessels can already dock,” Mayor Raul Banias said in an interview on Thursday.
It will be a more convenient and comfortable place for trade, he said.
According to Banias, the fishing port officially named Northern Iloilo Fishery Rehabilitation and Development Project is a grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in response to the severe damage caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda to their port facilities.
The mayor added that KOICA Vice Chairman Doo Jungsoo arrived in Iloilo from Seoul, South Korea, two weeks after the 2013 typhoon, and with then-Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. ., visited northern Iloilo, especially the towns of Carles, Estancia and Concepcion.
“The vice president has pledged to provide assistance to port facilities in these three cities, but only Concepcion has been approved,” Banias said.
The fund was transferred to the provincial government in 2021 and the inauguration did not take place until Wednesday after travel restrictions had already been eased.
The fund was used for Phase 1 of the project to include the reclamation of approximately 6,500 square meters just next to the old fishing harbor facility, the construction of a stone revetment, a new market for fish, a new administrative building and the roadway of 75 meters.
The project is expected to be completed in 33 months, but as of Wednesday, the contractor has already completed 25% of the project, ahead of the 5% completion target according to its schedule.
He added that they can already use the facility after the first phase is completed because it already has a large market pebble in the fishing port.
Meanwhile, phase two of the project requires funding of PHP 100 million from the provincial government.
“The second phase will be the extension of the causeway and other facilities such as the comfort room, the road network, the ice storage, and we will also rehabilitate the old fishing port to be converted into a transport terminal. “, did he declare.
Former Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Outgoing Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., KOICA Country Manager Kim Eunsub, Deputy Country Manager Lee Takgun, Program Manager Francis Afable and other local officials also attended the inauguration ceremony. (NAP)