Compared with Tacloban Central, Palo, Leyte, did not take a “dead-center hit” from Typhoon Yolanda but its numerous fisherfolk families lost their sources of food and their livelihood’s treasured “bancas” & larger sea-going craft to 20-foot-high storm surges which destroyed these boats and carried them out to open sea. Through the very able Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Palo - Fr. Ric Marpa -Tanging Yaman Foundation partnered with the Archdiocese to construct, in the very backyard of the Chancellor's ancestral home - a total of 52 boats worth P 1,330,000; twenty-two units of which were donated by the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX).
In seeking to build economies-of-scale for greater impact and more cost-effective relief efforts, Tanging Yaman Foundation pooled the funds of various donors and partnered with LEAD (Labor Empowerment for Alternative Development), to deliver 16 units 33 foot Motorized DEEP SEA FISHING BOATS & DEEP SEA FISHING GEAR totaling PhP 1.2M
Meeting with beneficiary representatives.
Introduction to project donors, objectives and responsibilities
…a product of age old craftsmanship passed on through generations.
Each piece is diligently fitted by skillful hands…
One of the subcontracting teams is in the process of setting the hull frame…
Name of the Barangay Identified Donor(s)
1) Brgy. San Antonio (Basey) - NASSA
2) Brgy(Basey) - NASSA
3) Brgy. Tag-(Marabut) - NASSA / MISEREOR
4) Brgy.(Hinabangan) - SINP
5) Brgy.(Hinabangan) - SINP
6) SALC - SAC
7) SALC - SAC
8) *Brgy. Sta. (Marabut) - Tanging Yaman
9) *Brgy (Basey) - Tanging Yaman
10)*So. FFF (San Antonio) - Tanging Yaman
Currently, several layers are still in the ‘shock’ stage probably due to the long travel and it may take more weeks or even a month to ‘de-stress’ the layers so that all 48 layers in a set will lay eggs on a regular basis.
The feeding regimen had been posted in each chicken house and only 1 caretaker is in charge of feeding to minimize stress. Other members have their own regular assigned tasks (cleaning, recording and marketing). Meanwhile, the SAC and the parish teams continue to monitor the project and regularly communicate with PILMICO for technical assistance.
The SAC also envisions integrating the egg laying project with organic vegetable production, thus it intends to train women beneficiaries on organic vegetables and to utilize the chicken manure as organic fertilizer. This engagement would necessarily diversify production and rural income.
This project is relatively new and of small scale but the women groups are already generating an initial income from the sales of the eggs for local consumption. How to sustain their interests to make this project work on their own is a challenge that the SAC has recognized.
Project Bagong Araw (PBA) was launched April 2014 to address the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. The project provided Nanay (mother) micro-entrepreneurs the assistance they needed to rebuild what they lost in the typhoon. It included training, access to capital via partner microfinance institutions and a store makeover. January of 2015, our first 354 Nanays from Visayas graduated from the program and 22 of them became Hapinoy Ambassadors.
One and a half years after Yolanda—considered to be the strongest typhoon the Philippines has witnessed, our Nanays are now happily running their stores. Some are even expanding to different businesses. One such Nanay is Nanay Bella Sadongdong. Aside from her sari-sari store, Nanay Bella is now offering new services including airtime loading and money remittance which she acquired with Hapinoy’s assistance.
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