Will Caohagan Island, Lapu-Lapu be new Yellow Boat community?

8 January 2015

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 January 8, 2015
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This report just in from Mark Allan Y. Palanca Co-Lead Implementor Cebu Funds for Little Kids:

Yellow Boat Team Caohagan IslandIt was an inspiring start of the year 2015 for the team. Last January 2, 2015, the Yellow Boat Cebu team together with Chef Marc group of charity and the Cebu International School made an ocular and assessment visit to the possible YBH community in Lapu-Lapu.

From Punta Engano port, the team took a boat going to Sta. Rosa port, Olango Island then took a tricycle to Brgy. Suba, crossed a mangrove area (low tide in the morning, high tide at night) going to Pangan-an Island, and took again another boat to reach Caohagan Island. The team approximately visited 3 islands in Lapu-Lapu. Our local guide is a policeman; the island is under his jurisdiction.

YBH Team with Caohagan PersonnelThere is 1 elementary school in Suba, Olango that we saw, 1 in Pangan-an & also 1 in Caohagan. The team is eyeing for Caohagan Island as the possible community. During the visit, the team made a courtesy call to the brgy captain of the island Kap Nilo Abayan, and met one of the teacher of the Caohagan Elementary School Manny Abayan, brother of the brgy captain.

Exterior Caohagan Elementary SchoolDuring the conversation, we found out that the total POPULATION of the island is 650+, 124 HOUSEHOLDS. There are 160+ students in their elementary school, 13 of those are grade 6, and around 50 students (including students in the main land) in the island are already in high school studying in the other island. In reality, these 50 students that are already in high school need to cross from their island (Caohagan) to the next island (Pangan-an) in order for them to go to school and back after their class.

Caohagan Elementary School InteriorIn our interview to some high school students and their families, they shared to us that they really need to SWIM (during high tide – chest to head water level) or WALK (during low tide – knee water level) 1.5 km just to go to school.

Other concerns of the island, there is NO ELECTRICITY… their source of electricity is through a generator. NO PROPER WATER SUPPLY, accordingly their water is coming from the rain or they need to get water from the other island.

SOUVENIR VENDOR, & KILTING are the primary livelihood of the community. Only 6 fishermen in the island.