THE rehabilitation of a port in the 5th district of Iloilo worth US$5.5-million will soon start following the launching of the Northern Iloilo Fishery Rehabilitation and Development Project on Feb. 1, 2017.
The Concepcion town port project, which will be funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), includes the repair and improvement of the pavement, revetment covering and buildings, and the conversion of the existing wet market into a passenger terminal with total area of 450 square meters.
It also covers the construction of a new fish port complex, an ice storage facility, two access roads and waste management facilities.
The project aims to help raise the income of fisherfolks who were hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
KOICA country director Shin Myung Seop, Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. and Concepcion Mayor Millard Villanueva led the launching and ceremonial exchange of the Record of Discussions (RoD) which is equivalent to a memorandum of agreement.
Shin was accompanied by other KOICA officials such as assistant country director Lee Sangbak, program manager Francis Afable and program officer Baek Jubin.
Defensor thanked the agency for funding many projects in the province, such as the rehabilitation of the hospitals in Alimodian, Balasan and Calinog as well as the construction of a modern rice processing complex in Pototan.
Shin said KOICA is “inspired by the governor and the Iloilo Provincial Government.”
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the next step is for KOICA to hire a Design Consultant Firm and then proceed with the procurement and implementation.