Seoul-based Pinays give boats to Yolanda-hit fishermen

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 19 2013 04:47 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2013 11:28 PM

The Asuncion family of barangay Sua, San Dionisio receive a new fishing boat from The 601 Habit, a group of Filipinas based in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Marcelino Serdena III

MANILA, Philippines - Some fishermen in Iloilo, who lost their homes and fishing boats due to super typhoon "Yolanda" on Wednesday received an early Christmas gift from a group of Filipinas based in South Korea.

Fishermen in San Dionisio and in the island-barangay of Bayas, Estancia received 12 fishing boats from The 601 Habit.

On Wednesday, The 601 Habit president Wendy Palomo personally turned over the fishing boats to the fishermen.

The fishermen beneficiaries are as follows:
1. Jery Custodio Sr. and family of Brgy. Tabias, San Dionisio
2. Jerry Asuncion Sr. and family of Brgy. Sua, San Dionisio
3. Rodolfo Retirado and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
4. Julito Dequilla and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
5. Alfredo Tolendres and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
6. Warlito Gallardo and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
7. Roger Basilan and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
8. Rex Bolisig and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
9. Edgardo Mahilum and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
10. Noman Capao and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
11. Welmer Gallardo and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia
12. Renante Gallardo and family of Brgy. Bayas, Estancia

Members of the Tolendres and Potolin families in Bayas, Estancia received a new boat from The 601 Habit.Photo by Marcelino Serdena III

The fishing boats were funded by donations from individual Koreans, as well as companies and organizations in South Korea.

Among the donors were  41st Yonsei University Top Management Program For Women Leaders, Waterdrop Korea and Hankook University of Foreign Studies 24th Global CEO Course.

Palomo said more boats will be turned over to fishermen-beneficiaries before the end of December.

The 601 Habit's Life Boat Project aims to deliver at least 100 fishing boats to selected beneficiaries in typhoon-hit areas in northern Iloilo, northern Antique and Bacolod.

"This project was inspired by the dignity that the group of fishermen from Northern Iloilo showed when they asked for the means to continue feeding their families, rather than asking for aid. They may not be rich but they have always been self-sufficient. They have not begged but this devastation has reduced most of them to begging for aid. The least that we can do is to give them back their tools to reclaim the dignity of their existence," Palomo earlier said.