BPI nets P13.74B in H1 LATEST STORIES Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros By the way, Tintin Abello was preparing to go to sitio Patao to reunite with her family and distribute relief goods when we spoke on the phone yesterday.Upon her representation, the Cebu provincial government gave 75 sacks of National Food Authority rice or 1,125 packs to be distributed to some 2,000 people living in sub-sitios Dapdap, San Juan and Caotanaga. USC employees chipped in to pay for the van rental to bring the relief goods to Bantayan.Read Next Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Logistics remain a challenge but fortunately, many nongovernment organizations and civic-minded citizens are filling the gap not only in raising and sending relief assistance but also in mapping recovery efforts for the typhoon-ravaged areas.One such village is Patao, a community which is in limbo after Yolanda damaged and wrecked close to 20 fishing boats owned by local fishermen. Fishing vessels provide employment and livelihood for thousands of people – from actual fishing, sorting and selling of the sea produce to local vendors who also process the making of dried fish on site.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe supply chain includes markets in Metro Cebu and one’s choice of fish, crabs, shrimps, shells and other kinds of sea foods including dried danggit and squid from the nearby public markets or supermarkets must have come from Patao.The devastation of Bantayan’s major fishing village has crippled the local economy. Houses, commercial buildings, schools, and practically all commercial fishing boats in the area have been damaged or destroyed. Electricity was also cut off. Nowadays, people rely only in marginal fishing (panginhas) and what makes matters worse for the villagers is the sudden increase in the prices of basic commodities like fuel, rice, cooking oil, candles, etc. I’m writing this article while talking with Christian “Tintin” Abello, whose family lives in sitio Patao in Bantayan island in northern Cebu, the section of the province badly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.The situation in Patao, a fishing village with a population estimated at 5,000 deserves attention because while the provincial government ramps up distribution of relief goods, the Capitol has yet to penetrate many far-flung areas especially in Bantayan island including towns covering the fourth and fifth districts.ADVERTISEMENT Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time MOST READ I happened to get wind of the situation in Patao through my friend Joyce Yang, chairperson of the Business Administration Department of the University of San Carlos (USC). Joyce and I are volunteers in the Catholic Schoenstatt Movement Philippines and last Sunday we caught up with each other after the Mass held at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Lawaan, Talisay City.MORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewAside from academic responsibilities, Joyce is also the executive director of Ambit Foundation, Inc., a private organization that helps in sending indigent but deserving students to high school and college. Ambit (a Visayan word that means “to share”) is also active in extending humanitarian aid to victims of natural calamities, thanks to my friend’s and her co-workers’ commitment, zeal and able handling of resources donated by generous professional friends here and abroad.Tintin Abello works as secretary for the BA department and their close professional relationship made it possible for Patao to suddenly appear in the radar of Ambit Foundation, Inc. I think it is just as well because at some point, the sending of relief goods will stop and people will have to find ways to recover their lives.For the 20 to 30 fishermen owning and operating fishing vessels in Patao, the challenge is finding resources to repair the damaged pump boats or buying new ones. However, practically all of them are paralyzed because they don’t have savings or money from insurance as they rely mainly on day-to-day income. With fishing vessels gone, the engine of Patao’s economy also conked out and the lives of thousands of people now hang in the balance.Relief assistance are provisions that enable people to cross the bridge of recovery, but from where I sit, the people of Patao will not be able to go the distance on their own because the cost of repairing one fishing vessel amounts to P100,000.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Here’s the breakdown of the repair works, as forwarded to this corner by Ambit Foundation. I’m not conversant with fishing jargon, so please bear with me:3 rolls of very thick rope with tingga & sako- P55,0003 units Tarik – P8,50020 units Katig – P8,00030 units lumber, 2x4x16 – P15,5003 bundles fishing net (18 x 7) – P7,000Miscellaneous (glue, big basin or banyera, nylon, galvanized nails, plywood) – P6,000.00A new fishing boat would cost anywhere from half a million pesos (for small boats made of ordinary lumber) to P1 million for a sturdy one, medium or large size.The recovery of Patao is doable. Even a small amount will go a long way so please contact Ambit Foundation through 0922-604-7117. You may also send a private message to the group’s Facebook page.*** SMC bags Bulacan airport project Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.