The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to turn over 55 fiberglass pumpboats worth a total of P1.7 million to fishermen in Loon on Wednesday.
According to BFAR Bohol officer-in-charge Leo Bongalos, Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will be leading the turnover ceremony if his schedule permits.
The boats will be distributed to pre-selected beneficiaries in Loon as part of a BFAR-led program.
Meanwhile, Piñol is also expected to visit newly opened “Fishyalan” in Calape and “Circle of Life” in Clarin, both agriculture-related destinations, if he pushes through with his Bohol visit.
The secretary was also invited to lead the opening of the Sandugo Agri-fair at Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City on Tuesday.
Bongalos however noted that even if Piñol would not be able to make it to the ceremony in Loon, the turnover of the pumpboats will still proceed.
Fishermen in Loon will be the second group of beneficiaries of the BFAR program.
In June, the BFAR distributed 75 paddle boats to fishermen in Talibon. (ad)