Filipino Young Leaders Program Caretaker Project Partners Work Together to Expand Vital Services to Help the Filipino Community During COVID19

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

October 16, 2020

Filipino Young Leaders Program Caretaker Project Partners Work Together to Expand Vital Services to Help the Filipino Community During COVID19

LOS ANGELES – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) Caretaker Project is partnering with the Philippine Embassy in the United States and non-profit Minority Psychology Network (MPN) to expand vital services to help the Filipino community during COVID19 through its virtual help desk, Tayo.

Tayo will amplify new services provided by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, and MPN through its Tayo platform, which launches on Oct. 17 in the pilot city of Los Angeles.

“We are excited to be partnering with these two entities to amplify each other’s efforts to serve our respective communities during COVID19,” said FYLPRO COVID19 Task Force Chair Leezel Tanglao.

The Caretaker Project, funded by a Booz Allen Foundation Innovation grant, is intended to connect Filipinos with vital, culturally relevant services, debunk misinformation, and improve collection of data to better serve the community. Tayo features a mobile-friendly, culturally-tailored resource that includes the most frequently asked questions around COVID19 and its impact on health, housing, transportation and other vital services. 

Working in conjunction with the Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles, Tayo will cross promote services relevant to the Filipino community such as Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)’s financial assistance programs to webinars to prepare for the new normal.

MPN, based in Santa Clarita, is also a Booz Allen Innovation Grantee and is building a mobile mental health unit and app to address the mental health needs of essential workers amid COVID-19. Tayo will feature mental health content from MPN and promote MPN’s mobile unit services.

On Oct. 17, a virtual launch event will feature more information about the Tayo platform and partners. The free event will be live streamed on Tayo’s Facebook and YouTube pages. There will be a chance to win raffle prizes and enjoy special performances.

Register in advance for this meeting:

About the Caretaker Project

The Caretaker Project was developed by FYLPRO’s COVID-19 Task Force, which is chaired by FYLPRO board member, program director, and spokesperson Leezel Tanglao. Project leadership also includes FYLPRO board member Tiffany Batac, who serves as project manager, as well as product manager Dexter Ligot-Gordon and project operations coordinator Pia Besmonte, both of whom lend their talents from Kalibrr, Southeast Asia’s highest rated job search application. FYLPRO board members Krystle Canare, Donny Rojo, TJ Simba-Medel, Brian Tajo and FYLPRO alumnus Mark Calaguas, Frederick Docdocil, Ireneo Reus and volunteer Jobel Vecino round out the Caretaker Project team.

About the FYLPRO COVID-19 Task Force

In response to the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, FYLPRO formed the COVID-19 Task Force in April 2020 to tackle the specific needs of Filipinos in the diaspora and back home. As part of the formation of this task force, the COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to support these efforts. The FYLPRO COVID-19 Task Force is looking to identify other opportunities for collaboration both in the United States and the Philippines. If you are aware of partner organizations for FYLPRO’s COVID-19 regional relief program, please complete our information request form. Donations are being accepted at

About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government. For more information about FYLPRO, please visit

# # #