Typhoon Relief — Olotayan


One of the hardest hit areas in the province of Capiz was Olotayan, a small island north of Panay Island.

Olotayan map


The destruction in Olotayan was chronicled in the Philippine Inquirer:


The Typhoon’s Aftermath in Olotayan

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Olotayan Relief

The Relief for Olotayan was spearheaded by Tony Morente. In response to the destruction and devastation by Super-Typhoon Yolanda, relief for the people of Capiz came a little late. Tony diverted from his advocacy of a feeding program for the neighborhood in Roxas city to help the less fortunate.
The pictures show the initial Relief for Olotayan Island, an island visible from the shores of Baybay, accessible only by bangkas or motorized boats an hour away. Also known as “ Little Boracay” the shores are sandy white with coral and shells. The entire island was practically demolished and for the inhabitant, no food or water or shelter. With the help of friends, this relief operation materialized, the first of which was on Nov 17th.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.