ALKFI IMPLEMENTS PROJECTS TO SAMAR COMMUNITIES
ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc (ALKFI) recently inked Deed of Donation with the Provincial Government of Samar for various projects namely- Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge, San Juan by the Bay and La Cusina and Brgy. Osmena Organic Garden Projects.
The donation is for the benefit of the identified partner communities. Sohoton Service Cooperative (SSC) was the identified community for the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Project, San Juan Women’s Association (SJWA) for the San Juan by the Bay Project and Brgy. Osmena Fruits and Vegetables Farmers Association (BOFVFA) for the La Cusina&Brgy. Osmena Organic Garden Project. ALKFI’s partner communities in turn will manage, operate and enhance the donation.
These projects were launched in 2016. In the last two years, tourist arrivals and gross income have tremendously increased. In Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Project alone, tourists’ arrival as of June 2018 has already reached to 7,482 guests as compared to 5,274 in year 2016 and 6,264 in 2017.
Apart from providing livelihood aspect of the project, communities’ primary responsibility is to protect the environment and become stewards of their natural assets and resources.
The Provincial Government of Samar is represented by its Governor, Hon. Sharee Ann Tan, Jen Santos, BantayKalisan Program Director for ALKFI, Emerito Odal, Jr for SSC, Paterno Padua for BOFVFA, Ma. Lourdes Barrientos and Jessie Estojero for SJWA.