Purok Jolohano is a coastal community in Barangay Sapu Masla in Malapatan where most of its constituents rely on fishing as livelihood.
Celito Terando, Sulong Tribu project manager and Bantay Kalikasan site specialist for Sarangani, said “the PJWA was the chosen organization of the Hapag Tulungan project because dugay na ni sila part sa atong Earth Warrior which is a project of the late Gina Lopez.”
Through the years, Bantay Kalikasan has partnered with different cooperatives and people’s organization to develop model communities who are steward of their ecosystems.
According to Terando they also look into organizations who engage in sustainable livelihood enterprises that are responsive to the needs of their members and the community where they belong.
He said “PJWA is very active, that is why after pagkawala ni Ma’am Gina, na-challenge sila on how to reciprocate those learning and assistance nga nahatag sa ila. Mao ng even up to this day, they are still initiating actions like coastal cleanup in return sa ka-maayo nga nahatag sa ilaha.”
The PJWA has been initiating weekly cleanup drive along the shores of Purok Jolohano. The coastal cleanup on August 29 was the association’s 90th weekly activity.
Terando also said the project highlights the opportunity for communities to help its most vulnerable and marginalized members.
The establishment of the “Hapag Tulungan” project would further enhance the roles of the PJWA to be a center for humanity and assistance especially during periods of crises.
He added the project also aims to prepare the community in supplying food through their yields, “kinahanglan preparado ang komunidad og kinahanglan nga naay supisyente nga pagkaon naa may pandemya, kalamidad o wala.”
Today, the PJWA has already 31 members and “even ang mga kids naga-apil na aning ilang inisyatibu. Naa na sila karon Junior Earth Warrior nga nag edad eight years old pataas nga naga-join na pud sa ilang coastal cleanup.”
During the launching, a total of 120 mangrove seedlings were planted along the shores of Purok Jolohano.
Forty families also received five kilos of rice and canned goods while a total of 60 children got home schooling kits.
The “Hapag Tulungan” project also donated printer and other teaching materials to Sitio Lanao IP School to help teachers prepare for the new normal set-up of the upcoming school year. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)