Antique’s P40M fish port is now open
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Friday said the new P40 million fish port which it hoped would boost the province’s economy and generate more jobs to residents.
SP Board Member Fernando Corvera said the new fish port, which was turned over by the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) to the local government of San Jose de Buenavista on Wednesday, would attract new investments particularly in the fishery sector.
“I even have a friend who has now expressed interest of putting up a private cold storage at the fish port,” the board member said.
“They can assist the fisher folks unload their catch or the traders in buying the commodity and be able to earn some money,” he said.
Before the construction of the new fish port, the fisher folks had difficulty in landing and anchoring their boats due to the dilapidated port.
Maneuvering the boats to the shore was also challenging due to shallow waters. The PFDA constructed the new port away from the shorelines where there was a deeper seawater.
Custodio Balawin, officer-in-charge of the Iloilo Fish Port Complex, said the fish port was part of the government’s efforts to build more post-harvest facilities to enhance the livelihood of the fisher folks and fishing industry in the capital town of the province.
He added that the new fish port would impact not only fisher folks of San Jose de Buenavista but even those from as far as Cuyo, Palawan who come to trade in Antique. He expected the government to build another fish port in Patnongon before the end of this year. (PNA)