A community organizer who conquers her fears

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Day-in-a-life

A representative from an indigenous group mapping issues and problems

6 a.m.—I hurriedly fixed myself earlier this morning. I needed to catch the boat going to Polilio Island since the next trip would be in the afternoon. I arrived at the Pier of Ungos, Real Quezon at exactly six in the morning. But to my dismay, the boat going to Polilio Island is a small boat. I thought I would be riding a big once since travel time is three hours. But since I have no choice . . . off I ride. I am fearful and with lots of uncertainties.

9 a.m.—I am still sitting inside the boat . . . in Real, Quezon. It’s been three hours and the boat hasn’t moved yet. I checked with a crew, and found out that the machine won’t start, although they said they are fixing it.

Integrated Coastal Management Planning attended by Barangay Rizal, Burdeos residents

Integrated Coastal Management Planning attended by Barangay Rizal, Burdeos residents

My fears are now doubled by this time. Will the boat surpass the big waves? There are 50 passengers with baggage in this small boat. I remain quiet, and kept telling myself, “Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!”

1 p.m.—We were now able to reach Anawan Port in Polilio Island. Thank God our boat was able to conquer the big waves.


Around four jeepneys were waiting at the port to carry us to Burdeos.

Without taking my lunch, I directly jumped into the jeepney since everybody is already busy taking their seats. With a piece of cracker, I was full.

A very muddy road going to Burdeos

A very muddy road going to Burdeos

I almost went to sleep when my head bumped with the seatmate’s head. Roads were muddy—very muddy. It’s again another roller coaster ride.

3 p.m.—We arrived safe at the staff house. I am so happy to see the Haribon team—Ditto, Yna and Mikey—and to see that lunch is served.

4 p.m.— I discussed the “EDGE project” with Ditto.

6 p.m.—The discussion with Ditto ended. I am so exhausted . . . and yet, there are so many things in my mind, but I’m already too sleepy to think about them now.

8 p.m.—At last, the day has ended. Now, it’s time to sleep.

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