MABINI, Bohol.Fishermen of this town, who feel broke in the aftermath of Queenie storm, failed to file insurance claims for their fishing boats and gears with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. Even if they filed or filled up forms for the insurance they still cannot for lapses, Barangay chairman Benigno Penaso of Lungsodaan of this town said in exclusive phone interview last night, lamenting on sad plight of his fisher-constituents. But he confirmed that most of the fishermen were not registered and some failed to renew their registration with the municipal government. Registration of fishing boats and paraphernalia is pre-requisite to the insurance claims. He said that the insurance is ?free? for the fishermen and such claims could have been facilitated by his son, Christian Owen Penaso, who is connected with the PCIC. He confirmed earlier report that a lot of fishing boats, either mortorized not, have been destroyed by the storm that cost more than a millon
pesos. Based on its report, some 32 fishing boats/paraphernalia and 30
houses in barangay Lungsodaan alone are either totally or partially damaged
by the storm.
This fishing town is one of the 14 local government units badly affected by
the storm, according to initial Damage Assessment Report of the Provincial
Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC).
In barangay Cawayanan, scores of damages were also listed in similar hand
written report of the different puroks. Some 40 families whose dwellings
and fishing boats were not spared by the storm, which damages estimated to
reach almost a million pesos.
Some six houses are partially damaged, report provided by barangay chairman
Edgar Tumanda showed. Aside from these, seaweeds plantation and fishing
gears are also ruined.