Volunteer group donates 1,000th boat
Negros-based non-government organization (NGO) Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. (NVC) recently turned over its 1,000th motorized fishing boat in Palo, Leyte, to a fisherman who lost his boat to super typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
The donation was made through the NVC’s Peter Project Program which has been providing before Yolanda motorized wood and fiberglass fishing boats in Negros Occidental, Panay, Cebu, Samar and Leyte, initially to fishermen’s helpers who could not afford a boat of their own, and more recently, to those who lost their boats to Yolanda which ravaged the northern portions of the Visayas.
Recipient of NVC’s 1,000th boat donation is a fisherman with six children who lost his seventh child, born just shortly before Yolanda, and his wife to the super typhoon.
The new boat was made possible through donations made by church parishioners in Paisano, a small town in Italy.
Meanwhile, the NVC also inaugurated its second fiberglass boat making facility in Javier, Leyte, which serves to help the NGO cope with delivery pressures on their growing list of donations for the project.
NVC president Millie Kilayko explains that the NVC has has shifted to the production of boats using fiberglass instead of wood because of NVC’s concern for the environment.
“When we launched Peter Project2 just a few days after Typhoon Yolanda hit, we thought that we would be making only a maximum of 300 wooden boats. When the response was increasing fast, NVC did not want to have to cut as many trees as the boats that were needed, thus the shift from wood to fiberglass.