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New, better life for Cadiz folk

New, better life for Cadiz folk

By Carla P. Gomez
Philippine Daily Inquirer


NEGROS OCCIDENTAL—Super Typhoon “Yolanda” flattened houses and flipped over boats in a fishing village on Lakawon Island off Cadiz City, Negros Occidental province, on Nov. 8, 2013. More than four  months after the devastation, the islet’s 280 families are given a chance to start anew with the help of a nongovernment organization.

Kalipay Negrense Foundation is building houses out of harm’s way for the displaced families in mainland Cadiz. The people had been squatting on Lakawon, a 13-hectare, banana-shaped islet off the coast of Cadiz with a stretch of white-sand beach on one side and a small fishing village on the other.

The islet was among the areas in northern Negros Occidental that bore the brunt of Yolanda. At least 280 families lost their houses while 90 percent of the fishermen lost their boats, said Anna Balcells, president of the nonprofit Kalipay Negrense Foundation based in Bacolod City.

“It is ironic that Lakawon is a paradise island-resort, and yet, at one end of it, so many people are destitute,” she said.

After visiting the typhoon-hit areas and speaking to Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante, Kalipay members decided to adopt the fishing community of Lakawon due to the islet’s extent of damage.

Although no one died in Cadiz during the storm, strong winds destroyed

5,006 houses and 120 bancas, and damaged about 17,000 houses and 240 bancas. At least P200 million worth of government infrastructure was ruined.

Balcells, who returned to Negros Occidental for good from Spain where she had lived for many years, saw an opportunity to appeal for help for those displaced by the typhoon.

As donations poured in, Kalipay extended assistance not only to Cadiz but also to other areas in the Visayas. It provided relief and medical items, as well as clothes, to people living on Bantayan Island in Cebu province and Capiz province on Panay Island.

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New beginning for Lakawon folk

New beginning for Lakawon folk


Super typhoon “Yolanda” destroyed the houses of 280 residents on Lakawon Island in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, in November, but it also provided them with a chance for a new beginning.

Lakawon is a 13-hectare banana shaped island off the coast of Cadiz City, with white sand beaches on the side facing Negros Island, and a small fishing village on the other side.

When “Yolanda” struck, the houses in the fishing villages were flattened, they kissed the ground, and the fishermen lost about 90 percent of their boats, Anna Balcells, Kalipay Negrense Foundation president, said.

“It is ironic that Lakawon is a paradise island resort, and yet, at one end of it, so many people are destitute,” she said.

After visiting the typhoon-hit areas in northern Negros Occidental and speaking to Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante, Kalipay members decided to make the residents of the fishing village of Lakawon their adopted community, she said.

Balcells, who lived in Spain for many years but had returned to Negros for good, got many calls from friends and the Spanish media after Yolanda and she used the opportunity to appeal for help.

Her group initially provided food, medical and clothing assistance to residents of Bantayan Island in Cebu, Capiz in Panay, and Cadiz City.

“Ninety percent of the donations given to Kalipay for the typhoon victims came from Spain but, of course, we still need a lot of help,” she said.

That's because Kalipay has looked beyond the initial relief measures and has decided to partner with the Cadiz City government and Gawad Kalinga to provide more lasting help, she said.

She said the Cadiz City government purchased a 3.5-hectare property in Barangay Cadiz Viejo in the mainland, solely for the relocation of the Lakawon informal settlers.

By relocating them, the Lakawon residents will no longer have to live in constant fear of losing their homes and lives to typhoons, and of being isolated from the rest of the province, she said.

She said their target is to build 280 houses at the Cadiz Viejo site with GK committing to 140, and Kalipay building the other half.

Balcells said Kalipay has, so far, raised enough money for 40 houses and is still in need of money to build 100 more.

But Balcells, who works on faith that the Lord will provide, and in the goodness of others, is optimistic they will achieve their goal.

On top of that, Kalipay has, so far, raised funds for 33 fishing boats for the Lakawon fishermen and hopes to be able to reach a target of 50, she said.

Aside from the houses and the boats, Balcells said Kalipay is committed to work at helping the residents of Lakawon develop new livelihood skills at the Cadiz Viejo resettlement site to augment their incomes.

We are committed to work with them for the next three years to make sure change happens, Balcells said.

Kalipay's goal for the people of Lakawon is to give them an opportunity for a better life, no longer as squatters, but as owners of the land where their houses will be built on, she said.*CPG



Kalipay Relief Operation in Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental

On February 10, 2014, the Kalipay team distributed approximately 300 bags for the families who are in dire need of food because their source of livelihood was badly affected by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Their boats were destroyed leaving them with no means of fishing. It was noted that some of the families had not eaten a decent meal in 3-5 days. These families were in desperate need of food and other basic essentials. Kalipay plans to do more relief operations and we would appreciate your financial support. DONATE NOW! Click: http://www.kalipaynegrensefoundation.org/donate




The Kalipay Team have been on the ground in Capiz and Panay distributing relief goods. Nearly 80 to 85% of Capiz was damaged by the super typhoon. Debris and fallen electric posts are spread everywhere while several houses have been critically damaged. The Kalipay team was shocked by the state of devastation and plan to return to distribute more relief goods.

We need your help! Please support our efforts by donating whatever you can to aid the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Donate now... http://www.kalipaynegrensefoundation.org/donate

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