On the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Celebration, the three highest Government officials of the province are planning to hand over Fiberglass Fishing Boats to fishermen of the eleven coastal municipalities who were chosen to own and operate this modern type of water vehicle. This project is part of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte crafted by the brilliant minds of 1st District Representative Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo.
The giving away of these fibreglass boats is to help alleviate the economic conditions of the fishermen who have no other means of income. This livelihood assistance is intended for the poorest of the poor said Francisco “Frank” Cabrera Bihod, IGP Consultant of the Office of the 2nd Congressional District.
These fishermen have been meticulously identified by the staff of Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo. Selected beneficiaries were then given the option of what type of fishing boat they would like to have; the single type without engine and the larger boat with engine that can accommodate at least two fishermen. According to Frank Bihod, there are four different designs of mouldings for this fibreglass boats depending on the area where the fisherman comes from. Fishermen along the coastline of Linamon to Maranding have the same design of moulding different from the fishermen of SND which symbolically represents the Muslim tribes living in the area. Kapatagan fishermen has a different story, there were two designs of mouldings depending on the nature of their fishing method. There are fishermen who only use a paddle to navigate the narrow rivers of Kapatagan and others chose the fishing boat with a motor engine.
There are 300 fiberglass fishing boats allocated for the Province of Lanao del Norte. These 300 units are equally divided for the two Congressional Districts, 150 units per District, said Frank Bihod.
This project is initiated by 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo in cooperation with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Office headed by Pierre Easter Velasco. PIO-LDN