BULAN, Sorsogon, March 23 (PNA) -- A modern fish port is expected to rise within the year in this coastal municipality of Bulan in Sorsogon as government officials led by Senator Francis Escudero held the groundbreaking ceremony here Thursday.
According to lawyer Glen Pangapalan, general manager of the Philippine Fishery Development Authority (PFDA), the two-phased infrastructure costing PHP511 million, which will be equipped with modern facilities, will cater to the needs of Sorsogon province and the Samar and Masbate provinces as well.
He said phase 1 of the facility, which will start construction soon, will cost PHP 111 million while the second phase costing PHp400 million is set for construction in 2018.
Pangapalan said the fish port, which will be the ninth such facility in the country, is envisioned to boost the fishery sector in the province.
The existing mini-fish port is owned and being managed by the municipal government of Bulan.
Escudero, who initiated the project, said he hopes that the facility will invigorate the fishery sector in the province and help the marginalized fishermen.
“Through this modern fish port, we hope to elevate the income level of our fishermen by providing them with the necessary assistance especially in selling their catch,” he said.
Escudero urged the local government and the community to help in the proper maintenance of the facility.
After the ground-breaking, the municipal government led by Mayor Romeo Gordola formally turned over the ownership and management of the existing port to PFDA. (PNA)