Turnover of fishing boats, seeds, and fertilizers to jumpstart livelihood activities in Sagay, Cadiz
Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) officially turned over fishing boats and seeds for fishermen and farmers in Negros Occidental as part of its long-term rehabilitation efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda. This is in line with the Sustainable Livelihood pillar of the foundation.
In Sagay City, AFI partnered with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s (NVC) Peter Project and funded the building and repair of 47 fishing boats in Suyac Island. During a ceremony held on January 28, AFI turned over all fishing boats to the fishermen and their families.
In Cadiz City, AFI also partnered with NVC’s Peter Project and committed to providing 60 boats for fishing families in the area.
The foundation has extended its support to the livelihood of the farmers of Negros Occidental by enabling organic farming in the province. In Cadiz City, seeds were ceremonially turned over to rice and vegetable farmers. By providing seeds and fertilizers, AFI hopes to help rehabilitate about 200 hectares of farmlands.
Aside from providing livelihood support, the foundation has also committed to “build better” the Old Sagay Elementary School, to make it more disaster-resilient. Text2Teach, the mobile-based learning intervention, will also be brought to Sagay and Cadiz.
“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 Luli Heras-de Leon, president of Ayala Foundation.
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.
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