For Immediate Release
October 13, 2020
LOS ANGELES – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is launching the Caretaker Project’s Tayo help desk, a virtual resource to help the Filipino community during COVID19 on Oct. 17, 2020.
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. This project aims to fill gaps in services for the most vulnerable social groups — seniors, frontline workers, and the unemployed. Tayo features a mobile friendly resource that includes the most frequently asked questions around COVID19 and its impact on health, housing, transportation and other vital services. Tayo launches in the project pilot city, Los Angeles, where there are about 500,000 Filipinos.
“The COVID19 pandemic has impacted all of us in so many ways that our lives, especially our kababayans — have been forever changed. As Filipino young leaders, we knew we had to do something to bridge the gap in information – reliable and accurate information about us as a community and connect the most vulnerable to vital services,” said FYLPRO COVID19 Task Force Chair and Caretaker Project Program Director Leezel Tanglao. “The Caretaker Project was the result of our desire to help our community by taking care of the world’s caretakers.”
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.
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 fylpro.org/support.
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 fylpro.org.