MANILA (Mabuhay) – Agriculture officials this week launched new fiberglass bancas for fishermen in areas hit by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as part of efforts to help them recover from the disaster.
Dubbed “Bangkang Pinoy,” the fiberglass vessels were launched at Manila Bay.
The Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said they plan to build 5,000 such bancas in 100 days.
On Monday, the DA described the “Bangkang Pinoy” as “unsinkable,” tree-friendly and durable fishing boats.
It said the fiberglass boats can stay afloat through rough seas and keep fishermen safer during rough weather conditions.
Also, the fiberglass boats are sturdier and last longer in the long run compared to wooden boats.
The DA said the “Bangkang Pinoy” has two versions: a 20-footer unit valued at around P42,000, and a 35-footer version worth around P65,000. (MNS)