Model OFW family donates dressed chicken to villagers

STO. DOMINGO, Albay --- Couple Noel, 60 and Charito Estillomo, 52 of this town have donated a total of 1,064.28 kilos or 1.064 tons of dressed chicken to over 900 families and frontliners who are their townmates.

The couple, owners of Costa Palmera Resort here were named 2018 Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) Model Family for sea based migrant worker, tapped the help of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to distribute one whole dressed chicken each to 904 families including the members of the Philippine National Police and other frontliners in Sto. Domingo town.

The air-conditioned state-of-the-art Sierra Palmera chicken farm in Sto. Domingo, Albay owned by Noel and Charito Estillomo. The farm is a climate and science-proof facility patterned after a European technology. (RHaydz B. Barcia)

Charito, past president and now a director of the Legazpi City Host Lions Club and her husband Noel, also a Lions Club member, have chosen the residents of barangays Calayucay and Salvacion as beneficiaries of the free chicken to help communities affected by Luzon-wide lockdown.

“In times of crisis and in celebration of Easter Sunday, Sierra Palmera Farm and Costa Palmera Resort gave out one whole dressed chicken to every family of the barangays Salvacion and Calayucay where our business is located,” Charito said.

“We entrusted to the barangay council, barangay police and Sangguniang Kabataan to distribute the dressed chicken to the 398 families of Calayucay and 438 families of Salvacion on Easter Sunday as they know their constituents,” Charito said.

She said that “Easter Sunday is a family celebration every year like a fiesta but this year because of coronavirus disease COVID-19, all the resorts are close. In this crisis, we wish to be part of every family this Easter.”

Their farm, Sierra Palmera, raises, supplies and sells dressed chicken to various food outlets in Albay province.

“I will pray that one day we can afford to give to all residents of Sto. Domingo,” she said.

The Estillomo couple also hope that other resort owners in their town will also provide assistance to their townmates.

Legazpi City Host Lions Club International, where the couple and their son belong as members, also provides faceshields and face masks for free to Covid-19 frontliners in Albay province.