A total of 255 residents of Jomalig, Quezon Province are now owners of a beach resort in the island
municipality through the capital assistance provided by the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) under its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
Of this number, 181 are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program while the rest are
indigent members of barangays Apad and Bukal.
The beneficiaries, organized as the Humalik Beach Resort SLP Association, were granted a total of
PhP2.55 Million as seed capital fund under the SLP, which they used as capital in the construction and
initial operation of the Humalik Beach Resort located in Barangay Apad.
The resort, which was opened last March 7, offers air-conditioned rooms, function hall, tent rentals and
island tours among others.
As owners of the resort, all the beneficiaries can earn through dividends in the monthly income of the
resort as well as earn individually through various income-generating opportunities such as
employment, tour guiding, selling of produce like fish and crops, and sand massage.
Jomalig is the farthest and smallest island municipality of Quezon Province and has recently been
gaining popularity among local tourists because of its unspoiled golden sand beaches.
Rhuel Rodriguez, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and the president of the SLP association, shared that
the concept of a beach resort as a community business arose because of the emerging tourism in their
“Unti-unti nang nakikilala ang Jomalig dahil sa ganda ng mga beaches na hindi pa naaabot ng
komersyalismo. Kaya naisip namin na resort ang gawing negosyo na popondahan sa ilalim ng SLP,”
Jason Coronacion, the Project Development Officer of DSWD assigned in the municipality, said that
since the locality has tourism potentials based on their initial study, the beach resort project was
immediately supported and funded by the agency.
All the beneficiaries underwent orientation and training on basic micro-enterprise development, which
helped them in the conceptualization, construction and implementation of the Humalik Beach Resort.
As part of the agreement of the association, all members will receive a dividend from 20 percent of the
total earnings of the resort. The other 80 percent will be used for the improvement and expansion of
Individual opportunities for income generation
Rodriguez added that besides the income of the resort, all the members of the association can earn
individually, too to help them support their families.
For instance, in the construction of the resort, those who were hired for the daily labor were members
of the association.