Support Sustainable Whale Shark Tourism Employees

In the Bicol region of the Philippines, ecotourism is a core livelihood of many communities. The region is famous for its sustainable whale shark tourism industry, where visitors can interact with these gentle giants without disrupting their natural migration patterns. Since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in the province, employees in the diving / tourism sector have been left behind, as their source of income has been entirely wiped out. 

Workers who are boatmen on dive boats, divemasters, guides, and utility staff of dive centers are now finding themselves unemployed, and in desperate need of funds.

In the  Donsol area alone, there are over 63 Dive Masters and whale shark safety employees who are now out of jobs. A complete list of displaced Dive Masters can be found below.

Dive instructor and Philippines navy seal auxiliary Conrado Paz is representing the local group Bicol Scuba Divers in trying to organize efforts to provide food assistance to these laid-off workers and their families. All money raised by this effort will go directly into the purchasing of basic food items for these families, and to transportation costs for delivery. Bicol Scuba Divers has a track record of disaster assistance in the area.

Those organizing the ground efforts are not seeking recognition or publicity, they only want to help out their fellow Filipinos in a time of great need! 

If you would like more information, text 443-627-3804 or email [email redacted]

Every person who donates $20 or more will receive a whale shark print (below) in the mail! We will privately message you for your address upon receiving the donation! color options are black, blue, or black and blue combo!


Where Your Money Will Go:

Directly to purchasing food supplies for displaced workers.

Ideally, each worker will receive:

A one-month supply of rice: $35.71
15 cans of corned beef or sardines: $8.93
15 packages of instant noodles: $4.46
Vitamin box: 12$

Total: $61.1 per person

61.1 dollars x 63 people = $3,849

Including transportation costs for the volunteers to acquire and deliver the food packages, we are setting a target goal of $4,100 to raise.

Affected dive masters:

1.almar buid 2. jeremy kasilag, 3. cesar tan,4. alan tablizo 5. eric roque 6. george dexisne 7. abel bahillo 8. GL manansan 8. elvin albano 9. jojo albano 10. capper adrao 12, edward briones 13. michael radores 14.alan amanse 15. bpbby adrao 16. july adrao 17. philmar madriaga 18. justine tabangay 18. edison toremocha 19. mike dy 20. mark castillo 21. mark genuino 22. jojo ng

There are 41 affected boatmen and whale shark safety employees, whose information can be acquired by emailing [email redacted] for the full spreadsheet of names.

Cover Photo is courtesy of Uri Magnus, at


  • Anonymous 
    • 30 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • 20 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Maddie H 
    • 20 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Sarah Leinbach 
    • 20 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Reuven Ani 
    • 25 $ 
    • 2 mos
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Fundraising team: Bicol Dive Group (3)

Reuven Bank 
Conrado Paz 
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Sydney Beaurivage 
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