This is the only photo I have of June 2, 2015, Tuesday, when I was invited to speak before the very kind gentlemen of the Rotary Club of Makati. We are working together on the fishing boat project for Leyte IV and I gave them an update on where we find ourselves, as a people, almost two years since Typhoon Yolanda happened. When I started this project in December of 2013, I only had two boats. Since then, we have distributed about a thousand and by February of 2016, if all goes well and all pledges are in, we will have been able to award close to 3000 boats. Thank you to everyone who has been (and continues to be) part of the story. All in God's beautiful plan and time, always.❤️
Cong. Torres-Gomez began 6200: Mission Possible with two fiberglass boats and a huge dream to come up with 6,198 more. Sixty-two thousand was the number of registered fisherfolk in the 4th District of Leyte who had lost their main means of livelihood when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Philippines in November of 2013. As soon as the Rotary Club of Makati South heard of Torres-Gomez’s project they and their numerous sister clubs joined in and came up with fifty more bancas (costing around PHP34,000.00 each) in March of 2014. The first beneficiaries of these boats were the fishermen of Barangay Naungan, who unashamedly shed tears as their leader made an emotional speech thanking the Rotary Club of Makati South and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez for giving them the motorized bancas.