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JCI Legazpi Dawani donates 15 fishing boats to residents of San Miguel Island, Tabaco, Albay

Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club


LEGAZPI CITY--JCI Legazpi Dawani, a local, all-female organization under the Junior Chamber International, donated 15 units of fishing boats to 15 families in San Miguel Island, Tabaco Albay whose sources of livelihood were severely affected by super typhoon Rolly and Ulysses.

The Project, dubbed as LAYAG: Boats of Hope, aims to help the most affected families rebuild their livelihood though the fishing boats, locally named Balikwatan, equipped with life vests, ropes, and Anti- Covid supplies.

The project is a spinoff of the 2020 fund drive Tindog Bicol, under the JCI Philippines’ Oplan Kaagapay umbrella specifically intended to provide immediate relief to affected communities during calamities.

Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club
Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club

JCI Legazpi Dawani 2021 President Leah Jaucian Buenaventura sees this as an important part of the Local Organization’s effort to rebuild communities through sustainable solutions with the involvement of different sectors of society. Project Layag is made possible by the individuals and corporate donors who supported the call during the fund drive for Tindog Bicol project in November and December 2020.

On top of these donors, the LO partnered with the following:- UragoNZ, a group of Bicolanos based in New Zealand, - Mayon Photography Club Inc, - Costa Fishing Supplies - Philippine Coast Guard, - Barangay Council of Rawis, San Miguel Island in Tabaco Albay.- JCI Tabaco


Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club
Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club

Photo courtesy of Tolits Balana of Mayon Photography Club

LAYAG: Boats of Hope underscores the need for different sectors to work together to help future proof the most vulnerable communities while navigating the new normal with the existing pandemic. The project will serve as a testament to the importance of unity and collaboration as we continue moving forward after super-typhoon Rolly and Ulysses.

As part of the Memorandum of Agreement, the identified beneficiaries will pay it forward by planting one bamboo tree and one pili tree each family during the turnover ceremonies.