By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – The Republic of Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has released the initial fund for the rehabilitation of the fish port in Concepcion town, Iloilo province that was damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
KOICA recently downloaded $1 million out of the $3-million fund to the Iloilo provincial government as part of the Northern Iloilo Fishery Rehabilitation and Development Project.
Mayor Raul Banias of Concepcion town said the redevelopment of the town’s fish port is expected to spur economic growth by providing disaster-resilient infrastructure facilities and promoting sustainable fishery development activities.
Based on the agreement, the Iloilo provincial will handle the procurement of materials and the reconstruction of the fish port, administration building, fish market, public toilet, causeway, and rockwall revetment.
The municipal government of Concepcion will handle utilities such as water, power and sewage system as well as relocation sites for affected residents.
The fish port’s reconstruction is scheduled to start on March and is expected to be completed after a year-and-a-half.
Meanwhile, Banias said the procurement stage can only start once the Iloilo Provincial Engineering Office can finish the computation for the cost.