Piñol’s boats come with a catch
The fiberglass boats that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is distributing to fishermen come with conditions.
The Philippine Information Agency reported that the fishermen need to submit a report of their monthly catch and sign an agreement with the Department of Agriculture that they will not sell or mortgage their new boats.
Piñol gave away 20 fiberglass bancas with engine and fishing gear to the fisher folk of San Jose town in Occidental Mindoro. The distribution was held at the Caminawit Fishing Port.
Earlier, Piñol distributed 100 fiber glass boats to Zambales fishermen.
He told a radio interview fishermen should now use fiber glass boats because they do not rot and are sturdier.