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RIVER CRUISE. Some of the new boats that were turned over on Thursday (Aug. 26, 2021) by a private firm to a group of boatmen in Paranas, Samar. The boats will be used to carry tourists who will explore the Ulot River in Paranas town. (Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism)

PARANAS, Samar — Operators of an extreme and thrilling river ride along the stretch of Ulot River in this town received assistance in the form of 12 new boats in support of their livelihood.

The operators of the Torpedo Boat Ride expressed their gratitude to energy firm Taft Hydro Energy Corporation represented by its president Ruben Diego Picardo in a simple turnover on Thursday to the people’s organization composed of men formerly engaged in illegal logging and now involved in tourism activities.

Eugene Igdameo, the organization president, thanked the energy firm for the new boats since they don’t have to rent to ferry river cruise tourists. The group has been paying P1,200 daily for each rented boat.

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