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Last year, a typhoon seriously damaged Leyte Island in the Philippines. More than 7,300 people died or disappeared. Millions of Filipinos lost their homes and incomes. Many people who fish for a living were among them. They lost the wooden boats they use to earn a living. The boats, or bancas, were made from wood taken from the island’s forests. But the forests were damaged by the powerful storm, making it difficult to quickly rebuild the boats. So the large non-profit environmental organization WWF is helping the fishermen rebuild their boats. The new boats are fiberglass, a material made of glass and plastic. WWF says fiberglass lasts longer than the wood fishermen have traditionally used to build their boats. Patrick Vincent Co manages the bancas rebuilding project for the WWF. He and his employees are teaching fishers how to build fiberglass boats. He says the material is more practical and better for the environment. Ramon Binamira is a boat-building expert. He says many of the fishermen were worried about using fiberglass. He says they asked many questions about its strength. They hit the fiberglass bancas with a heavy object. They wanted to see if the new boats were as strong as their wooden boats. Fisherman Norberto dela Torre says he was surprised by the findings. He says the new boats are stronger in water than wooden boats. The new fiberglass bancas are now being used only for small-scale fishing. But the World Wildlife Fund says the technology will help the fishers better-prepare for climate change and reduce the need for wood from forests damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.