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MAPFRE Insular provides much-needed van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MAPFRE Insular, one of the world's largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

MAPFRE Insular President Javier Warleta was represented by the company's Visayas Regional Head, Neil Ceniza, during the turn-over of the van at the Kalipay office in Villamonte, Bacolod on July 3. Ceniza and Anna Balcells, Kalipay Foundation Founder and President, signed the sponsorship agreement, with the latter receiving the van with the staff of the foundation.

Ceniza said MAPFRE Insular's support to Kalipay is part of the worldwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) undertakings of the company.

He said that MAFPRE Insular continues to look for avenues to be able to help more institutions that cater to disadvantaged children as part of its advocacy.

Balcells on her part said that true to the advocacy of MAPFRE Insular, she is extending the children's gratitude to the officers and staff of the company around the world for coming up with such advocacy. “This is what we badly need at this time to enhance our mobility”, Balcells said.

Balcells added, Kalipay, a non-profit foundation working for the causes of disadvantaged children, such as the homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, is lucky to receive help from MAPFRE Insular.

The van will enhance the capability of the foundation to better serve the disadvantaged children see hope and a bright future.

Recovered treasures

Following the turn-over ceremony, MAPFRE Insular and Kalipay officials and staff visited the facility of Kalipay in Bago City, named Recovered Treasures, some 20 kilometers from Bacolod.

About 30 children and volunteer-teachers and staff welcomed the entourage, offered songs and thanked the donors.

The children at the Kalipay housing and education facility used to be victims of poverty and family dysfunction. They were forced into the streets.

Kalipay Founder and President Balcells said if it can afford more, she hopes to bring in more street kids and take care of their future. (PR)





As part of Kalipay Negrense Foundation's Integrated Community Development Project for the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, thirty three (33) boats were turned-over on April 07, 2014 to fisher folks of Lakawon Island, Cadiz City, the chosen adopted community of Kalipay.


A Memorandom of Agreement (MOA) was signed by Kalipay and the City of Cadiz to firm up the partnership for the three (3) year community project that aims to establish a self-reliant and self-sustaining community.


Thank you to all our generous donors!!!



5 graduated from kindergarten

5 graduated from grade school

2 graduated from high school and

will enter college this coming school year


3 graduated from college!

Most started late in school

because of extreme poverty

but now have a BRIGHT FUTURE.

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



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