Pag-Asa (Hope) yellow boats for Estancia, Iloilo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:19

One of the greatly affected areas by the disastrous Typhoon Yolanda is Estancia in the northern part of Iloilo. This is the hometown of my dad and last week when I visited it, Estancia is still recovering. According to a relative, there are still 5,000 plus people unaccounted for. They are mostly fishermen and their families.  Those who survived are still struggling in their livelihood and education of their children.

Today in behalf of my dad’s townmates, I like to thank the Iloilo Funds for Little Children (a local chapter of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation-YBHF) for donating 10 Yellow boats to fisher folks of Barangay Manipulon a small island in Estancia. A noble project of the foundation,Adopt-a-Fisherman, donors are from New Zealand through the efforts of Ace Padua. I got this information from Iloilo YBFH coordinator Dr. Miamaerose Española Apostol. 

These yellow boats named Pag-Asa gave hope to 10 families and a realization that life is worth sailing by.

Estancia is known as the Alaska of the Philippines. A rich fishing ground surrounded by many small islands, it sells fresh sea food and produces the best dried fishes and squid rings in our country.  The main source of income is fishing.

When Typhoon Yolanda came, no one thought about the danger of the storm surge. Mostly of the local fisher men didn’t went out to the sea that day. They were docked at Estancia Fishing Port or simply stayed home. The storm death came swiftly – drowning people and sweeping them into the sea including all their homes especially along the shores.

Unlike Tacloban and Samar coverage who got the most attention, what really happened to Estancia and its neighboring towns were in the side line news only. Help came mostly came from concerned international and local private NGOs. The town unfortunately is an opposition. It was not given a priority by the administration government that time.

By Dante Corteza

Genesis 8:1 “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”