Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) together with stakeholders are now constructing fishermen’s shelter, a multi-purpose facility, in the country’s northernmost island.
According to NOLCOM, the construction in Mavulis Island of Itbayat in the Batanes Province is moving forward despite natural obstacles and other hindrances they meet along the way.
“The project, which started its consolidation and transporting of building materials on the first week of April, is expected to be completed by the end of August,” NOLCOM said. “A difficult task to meet as the groundworks and transportation are affected by the weather and proximity of the island to its adjacent inhabited island of Itbayat.”
NOLCOM said due to inclement weather throughout the adventurous ship-to-shore unloading of materials, the project is currently 10% below critical path as scheduled.
“This means that difficulties in the loading and unloading of materials from its point of origin to the island were experienced by ever-hardworking NOLCOM personnel and civilian volunteers,” it added.
The military command said completion of the fishermen’s shelter will increase presence of local fishermen in the region contributing to the protection and management of our marine resources, as well as enhancing the information gathering around this northern maritime area.
“The materialization of this endeavor is through the active participation and cooperation of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Batanes and the community, with the AFP,” NOLCOM said.