Ayala Foundation supports long-term rehabilitation of Sagay, Cadiz in Negros Occidental
On January 28, Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) officially turned over fishing boats and seeds to fishermen and farmers in Negros Occidental as part of its long-term rehabilitation efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
In Sagay City, AFI partnered with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s (NVC) Peter Project and funded the building and reconstruction of 47 fishing boats in Suyac Island. During a ceremony, AFI turned over all fishing boats to the fishermen and their families.
Aside from providing livelihood support, the foundation has also committed to the rebuilding of the Old Sagay Elementary School. AFI will rebuild the school building and make it “disaster-ready.” The foundation is working closely with the Department of Education, and Makati Development Corporation of Ayala Land Inc. for the construction and design of the school. AFI, in partnership with Globe Telecom, will also provide 110 tent classrooms in Sagay City.
In Cadiz City, AFI also partnered with NVC’s Peter Project and committed to providing 60 fishing boats to fishermen in Cadiz. In a ceremony, AFI formally turned over 20 boats to the fishermen. Previously last year, 20 boats were already turned over to the fishermen while the remaining boats will be turned over in the coming weeks.
At the same time, AFI has extended its support to the livelihood of the farmers of Negros Occidental by supporting organic farming activities in the province. In a ceremony in Cadiz City, the foundation turned over seeds to rice and vegetable farmers. The foundation will provide seeds and fertilizers for about 100 hectares of farmlands in Negros Occidental.
“We in Ayala Foundation believe in the importance of finding sustainable livelihood that can help families gain access to additional sources of income or gainful employment. So in addition to providing fishing boats, the foundation will support the rehabilitation of agricultural lands in the area,” said Maria Lourdes Heras-de Leon, president of AFI.
AFI will also bring Text2Teach to 10 schools in the area – 5 in Sagay City and 5 in Cadiz City. Text2Teach is a mobile-based learning intervention that provides multimedia educational materials in English, Mathematics, Science, and Values Education for grade five and six students. Text2Teach is implemented in partnership with Nokia, DepEd, Globe Telecom, Pearson Foundation, and Toshiba.
“Our initiatives in rebuilding the livelihood of our fishermen and the construction of disaster-resilient classrooms and entry of our Text2Teach program are all aligned with two of Ayala Foundation’s program pillars – education and sustainable livelihood,” said de Leon.
Immediately after typhoon Yolanda hit the country, AFI opened all its donation channels and raised funds for its immediate relief efforts. The foundation partnered with the World Food Programme, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Ayala Business Club Cebu to provide food and other necessities for over 8,000 families in Tacloban, Leyte; Cebu City and Northern Cebu; and Roxas City, Capiz.
After engaging in immediate relief activities, AFI has committed itself to supporting long-term rehabilitation efforts by focusing on two communities—the cities of Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental. AFI is currently assessing communities in Tacloban and Leyte for its rehabilitation efforts there.
As of January 24, Ayala Foundation has raised a total of P49.4 million (PhP25.6 million in cash received, and PhP23.8 million in pledges). Of this amount, P6.05 million has been deployed for immediate relief efforts.
The Ayala group, its employees, partners, and donors, have contributed close to P200 million in cash, services, and goods in aid of communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. From the immediate task of providing vital services and relief, the conglomerate’s “Bulig Bisaya” initiative is now focused on rebuilding homes and schools, restoring livelihood, and rehabilitating communities to be more resilient.
View photos from the Sagay City turnover here: Sagay City Ceremony
View photos from the Cadiz City turnover here: Cadiz City Ceremony
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