KALAYAG FOUNDATION

‘Mission Tabang-Samar’ of Kalayag Foundation and Mariners System transports goods and volunteers to typhoon-affected areas



In natural or man-made calamities, the children are among the most severely affected. A woman (left picture) carries her baby as dead bodies are scattered alongside the road while a mother with her kids (right picture) scampers to flee from the rising floodwaters at the height of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City

Canaman, Camarines Sur – Chairperson Evita L. Jimenez of Kalayag Foundation who is also Chairperson of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Camarines Sur has firmed-up a common effort between the two organizations to bring medical services and relief items to the Visayas, particularly to Eastern Samar.

In a message received at the Mission Tabang-Samar coordinating center at MPCF-Camarines Sur, the Chairperson informed the staff that aside from the food and other material aid, a medical team composed of volunteer-medical practitioners is slated to be brought to Eastern Samar on the scheduled date the relief items will be brought to the target beneficiaries.

Chairperson Jimenez puts emphasis on the attention which should be given to children especially when it comes to the medical services which will be rendered by the team.

In other developments, Captain Steven James Diño of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi, head of the advance party sent by the Mission is in Borongan City , Eastern Samar now. He disclosed that more help is needed in the municipalities and barangays located at the Eastern seaboard of the island.

“It has been observed that the concentration of relief operations has been in Tacloban City and the neighboring municipalities of Leyte province while the towns of Eastern Samar which have been equally badly hit are not receiving much attention”, declared Captain Diño.

With this, the target destinations for the aid are being finalized by the advance team and coordination with local government units is being worked-out.


Something is not right with these two sea vessels. Had it not been for Typhoon Yolanda, these ships could have been charged with ‘WRONG PARKING!”

Other volunteers including members of the media will go with the delegation of operation Mission Tabang-Samar. The group will stay in Eastern Samar for three to four days for the medical mission and for the distribution of relief items for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. ###

Kalayag Foundation partners with Mariners System’s
operation ‘Mission Tabang-Samar’


Legazpi City, Philippines – With more requests received for relief items, the Kalayag Foundation has joined forces with Mariners schools in the Bicol Region in order to expedite the delivery of goods to the affected areas.

While Kalayag has arranged the services of medical practitioners and the gathering of aid in Metro Manila, the Mariners System in Bicol has proceeded with the procurement of trucks, sea vessel needed for the transportation of the relief items and the coordination at the receiving end.

With recent developments, Captain Steven James Diño of Mariners Polytechnic Volleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi, head of the advance party sent by Mission Tabang-Samar who is now in Borongan City , Eastern Samar, has disclosed that more help is needed in the municipalities and barangays located at the Eastern seaboard of the island.

It can be noted that concentration of relief operations has been in Tacloban City and the neighboring municipalities of Leyte. With this, target destinations for the aid are being finalized by the advance team and coordination with local government units is being made.

Per update sent by Mission Tabang-Samar Task Group Director Dante La. Jimenez, changes have been made when it comes to the date and place of Roll-On, Roll-Over (RORO) embarkation of the trucks which will carry the goods to Allen, Samar.

With the improvement in the system now being implemented in Matnog, Sorsogon, the vehicles which will be used by the group will utilize the port in this town. Arrangement and coordination has been made with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other government agencies to avoid hitches while in the trip. Slated to join the Mission is a medical team composed of volunteer-medical practitioners who will work while distribution of the relief goods are made. Included in the target of Kalayag Foundation for the medical services are the children whose health is affected by the calamity.

Donations are still accepted in the designated receiving points especially at the Mariners schools in the Bicol region.

Aside from the medical team, other volunteers including members of the media will go with the delegation of operation Mission Tabang-Samar. The group will stay in Eastern Samar for three to Four days for the medical mission and for the distribution of relief items for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. ###

Children and the elderly: most affected by super typhoon Yolanda


Canaman, Camarines Sur, Philippines – The Kalayag Foundation has acted on the report that after super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) devasted Central Visayas on November 15, 2013, a grim scenario surfaced: the children and the elderly appear to be the most helpless from among the survivors.

This was the assessment made by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the affected areas which prompted the Foundation to move.

As of now, mobilization by Kalayag Foundation together with its sister institutions under the umbrella of Mariners System in which it is a member has been made as a response to this report.

In an interview, Ms. Evita L. Jimenez, Chairperson of the Foundation disclosed, “The organization is non-stock, non-profit which was established in 1992 in memory of Engr. Jaime ‘Boboy’ La. Jimenez, Jr., a victim of injustice. The name “Kalayag” was coined by merging two Filipino words: Kalayaan (freedom) and Layag (sail). We hope to be of help so that the children could sail on freely with their lives in the days ahead, free from neglect despite the situation where they are now. Today, we see the helplessness of thousands of children as an aftermath of the storm”.

“Although the cause of the calamity was natural in what happened in Central Visayas, we are so concerned most especially about the plight of the children. Kalayag has the mission to provide alternative mechanisms for social transformation by addressing the problems of helplessness and vulnerability of children”, Ms. Jimenez added.

In view of this, the Foundation has intensified its campaign. Aside from food and water, it now looks at the welfare of children from displaced families. From news accounts, thousands of children have been orphaned and their schooling affected. With this, the Foundation has made an appeal to donors that the needs of the children be given attention.

With the magnitude of destruction brought by the typhoon, an increase in crime rate in affected areas is expected. With the probable situation which could ensue, “Kalayag Foundation envisions a crime-free society where children and their families live in an environment of equality, self-reliance, prosperity, and freedom – and we are guided with this principle in the direction we will take as a response to what happened in the Visayas”, Chairperson Jimenez further disclosed.

Kalayag Foundation moves to help address helplessness of victims of
super typhoon Yolanda in affected areas


Naga City, Philippines – The Kalayag Foundation thru its Chairperson Evita L. Jimenez has tied-up with the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region in an effort to gather relief items for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that ravaged Eastern Visayas on November 15, 2013.

In a message received, she said that the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City thru its President has committed to send relief items from Metro Manila to be brought to the affected areas. The Kalayag Foundation is one of the institutions in the Mariners System.

Thru this coordination, a sea vessel which can accommodate seven to ten 6-wheeler trucks is now being prepared in order to ferry the goods from the port of Tabaco City in the province of Albay to Allen, Samar. Tentative departure of the ship is on November 25, 2013.

It can be recalled that Kalayag has started to solicit and collect relief items from well-meaning organizations and individuals so that whatever aid can be sent are being compiled now in Metro Manila and in the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region.

Donations in kind and in cash are accepted in the collection centers which include the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman Camarines Sur and in Legazpi City in Albay.

Kalayag Foundation can be reached via the following Mariners schools thru the following contact numbers:

  • Mariners Polytechnic Colleges – Naga City, c/o Office of Research and Extension Services - +63 (054) 4731434
  • Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Legazpi City, Albay, c/o Office of Research and ExtensionServices – +63 (052) 4820122
  • Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Canaman, Camarines Sur, c/o Office of Research and ExtensionServices – +63 (054) 4739726 local 122.

Meanwhile, the effort to procure a RORO (Roll-on, Roll-Over) ship has been initiated so that the goods can reach the intended recipients, the soonest. It has been noted that delays in the delivery of the goods for the victims happen with the congestion of cargo trucks in the port of Matnog, in Sorsogon province before they reach the island of Samar, should they be transported via land.

As of now, food and water still remain the priority of the victims while clothes and shelter come in next.

The rehabilitation of the displaced residents in the affected areas is now being started.

The Kalayag Foundation and the Mariners System continue their effort to extend help especially in places not reached by government relief operation but were badly hit by the super typhoon.

ABOUT THE KALAYAG FOUNDATION


KALAYAG is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1992 in memory of Engr. Jaime “Boboy” La. Jimenez, Jr. The name “Kalayag” was coined by merging two Filipino words: Kalayaan (freedom) and Layag (sail).

In general, the Foundation envisions a crime-free society where children and their families live in an environment of equality, self-reliance, prosperity, and freedom.

It was organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in January 1992, and was formally launched on February 2 of the same year.

Mission
KALAYAG envisions to provide alternative mechanisms for social transformation by addressing the problems of helplessness and vulnerability of children to forces of criminality and injustice.
 

Boboy: His Dream Lives


Boboy was born on March 4, 1959 and was christened Jaime Lazaro Jimenez Jr. He was the 6th child of the seven children of Jaime Sr., a retired naval officer, and the Founder of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, and Eliza, who during her prime, was a diligent stenographer working at the Department of Justice at Padre Faura, Manila.

As a child, Boboy was appreciated by everyone who knew him for his wit and outgoing personality. He was often noted for being thoughtful and jolly; that’s why, he was easily loved by friends and family. Boboy, most importantly, had a special affection for street children. Hence, he was able to organize a small civic group for their welfare.

At age 16, he graduated from high school at the Malate Catholic School. Later, he earned a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) at the NAMEI Polytechnic Institute in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

His professional career took off and he eventually became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mariners’ Polytechnic Training Center in Las Piñas City, where he was at the same time a member of the faculty.

Boboy was so full of life and had dreams. However, on the tragic night of December 20, 1990, everything crushed down before him. Driving after 20 minutes of leaving his office, he was cold-bloodedly gunned down. The crime was pre-arranged by a drug syndicate. The bullet took its toll resulting in his untimely and heinous demise.

Although the wheels of justice ground slow, and after a long and agonizing wait, the perpetrators paid for their crime. Justice was somehow served.

For this, Boboy’s life somehow has become a sacrifice which will forever mark the pages of history as his death became a crucial instrument to the formation of KALAYAG Foundation, Inc. Boboy’s unfinished task of uplifting the lives of children in general remains the inspiration and focal objective of the Organization.

Programs

  • AKI – “Alay sa Kabataang Inulila” is a streetchildren project and a recipient of the UNICEF’s World Food Program.
  • Alay Kay Boboy – a yearly extension program of the three Mariners schools celebrated every 30th of December.