By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Agatha Lee Ruadap
REAL– Located off the coast of Luzon, Jomalig is a sixth-class island-municipality composed of five barangays located on the far eastern end of Polilio Islands in Quezon. It has a land area of 51 square kilometers and a population of over 6,000 in 2011. The island is regularly exposed to strong typhoons, as it sits right on the country’s main typhoon pathway.
Under good weather, our boat ride from the port of Real took 5 hours. And the frequency of trips are dependent on the number of tourists traveling to the island. The rise of tourism in the island has provided a new income to the islanders however, its seasonal.
Food security in the remote island of Jomalig is threatened seasonally, even without extreme events. When the cold northeasterly winds blow from October to February, sea travel to the mainland and fishing activities become highly unreliable — A Voyage to Disaster Resilience in Small Islands
Kapit Bisig sa Jomalig is an outreach activity initiated by my good friends and travel sibs, Gonzalo Ang and Agatha Ruadap, where we had the chance to giveback to the locals through the children of the island. Our collective effort as a team were able to provide school supplies to the students who will brave an hour walk to school again next month.
Our program began with a prayer, acknowledging the blessings that we are able to sail safely to the far flung island. Followed by the healthy lunch and games with the sweet and gleeful children.
The supplies may not last for the entire school year but we are hopeful that through this, we will inspire other travel groups to reach out to the local communities in the places that they’re visiting. Making travel; experience, more fun and inspiring.
Incase you want to join us in our next outreach adventure, please let us know by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @ViajeroMNL. Thank you and Mabuhay Team Kapit Bisig sa Jomalig 2016!
TRAVEL. ENJOY. REACH OUT.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.