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My name is Kurly de Guzman. As a professional Career & Leadership Coach, I value growth, sustainable change and continuous improvement. Through working with my clients, I’ve seen how each has his/her own unique potential and how intentional and well-designed actions are beneficial in the long term. As a parent, I value the same, and also constantly strive to co-create a strong foundation of family values, life skills and the love and appreciation for nature. This is why I support WWF-Philippines’ Build Back Better Boats Project. It’s more than just creating a quick fix to the effect of typhoons to our fisherfolk. It is a sustainable and long-term solution that will make the boats faster, better and stronger, and also support livelihood beyond fishing. I know that together, and in our own little way, we can do something to build not just better boats, but better lives and a better future.

WWF-Philippines' Build Back Better Boats Project aims to create a new modern design of boat that will be faster, better, stronger so that it can be of use to fisherfolk for decades to come. The Bigay Tibay boat was designed by premier industrial designer, Mark Bautista, to be robust enough to withstand strong waves and storms. It was also designed in close consultation with tuna fishers federation in Lagonoy gulf so that it has features that fit their exact needs whenever they go out to sea.

The boat has features to help fishermen when they haul their catch, a covered hold to store the fish, a cleaning area built on the outriggers, a solar panel with headlights, and many other features. It is also made with a steel frame in a compartmentalized double hull design which makes it less likely to sink.

Closely working with our partners in the community, the fishers themselves are involved in the construction of the boats. Training is also provided to fishers to enable them to acquire new skills and create alternative livelihood opportunities outside of fishing.

Donate now to help build more Bigay Tibay boats and support the training of fishers in the community! With your help, we can empower more fishers and fishing communities towards becoming models of sustainability through the use of technology. You can also donate via bank transfers, Paypal and Paymaya QR Code. Kindly check the details in the gallery photos.

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