ISEDI Profile

The Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI) is an outreach arm of the Ateneo de Davao University.  It celebrates its 41st year this year, working with subsistence farmers, fisherfolk, and small-scale entrepreneurs to improve their productivity, sharpen their business acumen, strengthen their organizations and increase their incomes.  ISEDI implements short and medium-term projects funded by the national government agencies, local government units and international development organizations. 

ISEDI maintains a lean core staff and is supported by its on-call development practitioners and consultants and selected university professors.  ISEDI is based at the Jacinto campus of Ateneo de Davao University.  It is given autonomy to pursue development projects that fall within the Ateneo principles (i.e. man for others, responsible environmental stewardship, empowerment of vulnerable groups).  It subscribes to the university’s financial procedures and protocols.  All external projects of ISEDI are approved by the University President. 

ISEDI has completed 125 projects since its inception in 1981, in the areas of research, survey, project and organization assessment, training, project monitoring and evaluation, reforestation, strategic planning and area development, enterprise and livelihood development, and fund management. In the BARMM and Conflict Affected Areas, the Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives has provided a number of interventions that includes training and assessments. Under the project “Capability-Building Training for the Bangsamoro Development Agency”, ISEDI, which was sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency, has conducted 9 training courses. There were 178 participants who have gained additional knowledge with regard to proposal writing, basic business skills, operations planning, financial planning, and development planning. Similarly, ISEDI has conducted orientation and training, and monitoring and spot checks in Saranggani, Cotabato, and Compostella Valley for the Project Assessment of PPA 3 under the MTF-RDP – Bangsamoro Development Agency. Part of the tasks were to revisit at least 10 of the interviewed project beneficiaries, to prepare status or final report on the accomplishments, and to assist in the secondary data collection and ensure that the documentation of all interviews were complete and edited before they were submitted. Moreover, ISEDI team also gathered the data needed for the project Madrassah Education in the BARMM: Updating the Profile and Assessing the Impact of Beam Support to the Pilot Madaris. Aside from doing the interview, ISEDI composed the recommendation for the future assistance plans.

Experiences in Surveys

In the last ten years, ISEDI has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s Sugar Cane Block Farming (SBF) and Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), serving as the local service provider on  three (3) separate work tasks on:  (1) Progress and Process Monitoring , (2) Business Development Services and (3) Agri-Extension.  These works on SBF and ARCCESS were completed, composed of different teams, across all regions in Mindanao as well as in Regions 6 and 7.  However, ISEDI was able to complete non-DAR projects within this 10-year period, and those that are related to surveys are the following:

GIZ  Baseline and Endline Evaluation Using Landscale Framework for the Strategic Alliance for Sustainable Coconut Production STA Coco. GIZ Philippines  wants to pilot the LandScale assessment framework in selected municipalities in the Provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani. This will be done through the conduct of baseline and end-line assessments in 2022 and 2024, respectively in the selected target  coconut farmers in South Cotabato and Sarangani. In addition, it wants to measure the project outcomes and impacti in these two provinces, thus the need to establish a baseline and end-line assessments. ISEDI has been tapped by GIZ to conduct the two assessments.

PhilCAFE Midterm Evaluation (ACDI-VOCA & USDA)  ISEDI has been contracted by ACDI-VOCA  in Dec. 2021 to conduct an evaluation study. Essentially, the PhilCAFE Midterm Evaluation (MTE) is a review and stock-taking endeavor. As such, it is designed to be retrospective, outcomes-oriented, mixed methods in design, participatory, and focused on learning and adaptive management. The MTE findings will inform PhilCAFE of the following: * if they are on track in achieving the objectives, outcomes, and impact;* if their assumptions and logical pathways are still relevant at this point – considering the major shifts in the environment;* in-depth understanding of the results achieved, insights on what works or are not working, and inform adjustments and recommendations;* whether PhilCAFE has mitigated Covid-19 impacts for project participants versus non-project participants; and * whether all project activities integrate ACDI/VOCA’s principles and policies on gender equity, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship. To date, data gathering in CAR, Regions 10, 11, 12, 13,BARMM and NCR is 97% accomplished – 15 FGDs, 50KII, 207 Market System Actors/Firms, 327 MSA rep and 720 Farmers survey.

CONVERGE Midline Assessment. The Asia Foundation (TAF) tapped ISEDI to conduct a Midline Assessment of the Project – Countering Violent Extremism through Responsive Government-Civil Society  Engagement in the Philippines (CONVERGE) in nine project areas in the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City. The CONVERGE project aims to: 1) build the capacity of local non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), and key stakeholders to identify and effectively address violent conflict and build community resilience; 2) address specific peace and community resilience needs in vulnerable local population segments through small grants to LGUs and local NGOs, and 3) increase coordination among LGUs, local NGOs, researchers, and key stakeholders to improve their ability to address violent conflict and strengthen community resilience sustainably through collaborative, self-financed initiatives, and programming.

ISEDI conducted survey among 419 respondents and focus group discussions (FGD) among 59 key project partners that CONVERGE engaged with from 2020-2021.

The findings of the study were then presented to select stakeholders for validation.  Draft Final Report incorporating the comments from Converge Team and stakeholders was submitted end of April.

JICA-HARVEST IA (JICA/NTCI) ISEDI was tapped by JICA-NTCI to conduct an Impact Study of the HARVEST (Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation) Project.  The study aims to determine the impacts of the HARVEST Project on the quality of life of its beneficiaries, and document the gains, gaps, and challenges concerning project implementation, and lessons learned by both the beneficiaries and project implementers. The study is done in three (3) stages, namely: the first stage is the conduct of a case study, the second stage is a baseline and, the third is an endline survey.

The Case Study has already been completed and Interim Report submitted to JICA-NTCI.  The Reconnaisance Survey which is preparatory activity for Baseline (this May 2022) was conducted in March, followed by virtual meetings with the HARVEST Team and development of Baseline research tools.

Cacao+ Baseline Study, Midterm Review and Final Assessment- (March 2021-June 2023)GIZ –Philippines has commissioned the Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives  (ISEDI) of Ateneo de Davao University to conduct three activities from March 2021 to June 2023 to conduct: 1) Baseline survey  to  determine the prevailing condition of the project and provide input to  GIZ-Philippines on setting the values of the project indicators.  This will generate both qualitative and quantitative data. 2) Midterm review to assess if the project is on-track to meet its projected targets.  This activity will generally generate qualitative data. 3) Final assessment – this will evaluate how the project performed vis-à-vis its objectives and targets.  It will also harvest lessons learned and good practices.The number of survey respondents is 1018 Households(treatment) and 82 (control) areas for a total of 1,100.  The areas covered are the Provinces of Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur/Davao City.

JICA-NTCI Baseline Study of HARVEST2 Project –(April 2021 – August 2021)The project “Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship (HARVEST)” is an official development assistance (ODA) loan project with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Land Bank of the Philippines as the intermediary.  It aims to provide financial services accessible to private enterprises and agricultural cooperatives, enabling them to undertake new or expand their existing income-generating activities.  With access to capital, more enterprises and cooperatives will be able to create employment, maximize local resources, and lure more investment into the newly created region of BARMM. With more economic activities available to the people, the project aims to contribute in reducing conflict and in attaining peace.  The project commissioned ISEDI to conduct a survey for a total of 331 respondents in BARMM and other conflict affected areas, that will expand and update the Phase 1’s  Market Database and generate a Farmer Database. This databases will generate information that will assist potential investors (i.e. processors and exporters).

Countering Violent Extremism through Responsive Government-Civil Society Engagement (CONVERGE) in the Philippines – Baseline Study

The Asia Foundation tapped ISEDI to conduct baseline study from December 2020 – April 2021. The assignment involved gathering of information on the focused municipalities’ experiences on violent extremism and the existing structures and protocols on how to counter violent extremism.  Information will be fed to develop or strengthen the government and civil society’s action and projects that deter the residents (especially the youth) from aligning with non-state actors.The study covered 451 respondents in the areas of Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan,  Zamboanga City and Maguindanao.

Impact Evaluation of Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig-Palimbang-Sarangani Road- (October 2018 – January 2019) – ISEDI was commissioned by the National Economic Development Authority Region 12 to conduct an evaluation of the economic and social impact of the 106 km road funded in part by the Japanese Government. A total of 1,147 respondents participated in the interview from 77 barangays in the 5 municipalities within the stretch of the road project.

Mindanao Productivity for Agriculture Commerce and Trade (MinPACT) Midterm Evaluation(February – May 2017)–MinPACT is a project implemented by ACDI-VOCA with funding from the US Department of Agriculture. The mid-term evaluation aims to assess the project’s progress, effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of the planned and implemented activities as well as the sustainability measures.  It had a total number of 542 farmer respondents, its key informants reached 106 and for each PO, the evaluation team had FGD sessions with 6 to 8 members, representing a mix of officers and members, who have participated in MinPACT activities, and who have started planting the seedlings provided by the project.

Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP)-DA –Conduct of End of Project Evaluation for the WB-AusAID Technical Assistance Grant to MRDP2 –(July 2014-September 2014) The engagement aimed to assess the overall achievement and progress of the AusAID/Technical Assistance (TA) particularly on the level of capacity of the RPCO and LGU personnel in providing agri-fishery services to MRDP Phase 2 beneficiaries and other stakeholders. Different methods and tools like Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, Perception Survey, Most Significant Change Stories, Outcome Harvesting and Network Mapping were employed to generate and validate the primary data. In addition, desk review of the available and relevant documents, mainly coming from the Program Support Office (PSO), was also conducted.

Baseline Survey for the ARMM Humanitarian And Development Action Plan (HADP)-(October – December 2016). Following the Mamasapano incident in January 2015 and the subsequent clashes between the government and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Regional Government of Muslim Mindanao crafted the HADP to address the needs of the affected and displaced families in evacuation centers.  A baseline survey was done to get accurate and reliable household information, particularly on their needs.

Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project Baseline Survey (July-October 2016) –MinSAAD is a poverty alleviation project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), funded by the Government of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  MinSAAD is being implemented in 12 settlement areas and targets to benefit 281,618 individuals.  ISEDI was commissioned to undertake the Baseline Survey in 65 barangays in 7 provinces and interviewed 2,213 households regarding their social, economic, physical and political resources.  The engagement period was between July to October 2016.

Computer Literacy and Internet Connection Impact Study (September 2011 to February 2012):The project assessed the impact of the CLIC project, selecting 225 out of 921 partner schools throughout  Mindanao.  Serving as informants were students, computer teachers, school principal/administrators, parents, and community members (4,888 all).  The impact study explored the impact of computer and internet services on the following aspects: student and teacher performance, students’ post-secondary education aspirations, services that can be availed online and  updated information on other social benefits, improved self-confidence, maintenance of social ties with faraway relatives, and increased creativity, competitiveness and sense of belonging (reduced technological divide, particularly for students in ARMM).  

Evaluation of the Economic Impact of Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Infrastructure Projects (April – August 2011):  Out of the 1,219 infrastructure projects of GEM (one of the most comprehensive development projects by USAID in Mindanao), ISEDI interviewed GEM’s beneficiaries and stakeholders of 233 infrastructure projects.  These projects included port landings, road upgrades, bridges, runway improvements, trading centers, solar dryers and warehouses.  More than 6,300 respondents provided information on how these infrastructure projects improved their household/farm income, improved safety, maximized local resources, attracted more economic activities, and facilitated faster access of people and goods on land and water.  The project recommended specific infrastructure that have the highest return on investment as well as social benefits.

Policy Review and Recommendations on the Role of HRMD Unit/Office as a Strategic partner in Institution Reforms in LGUs (June – July 2010):  The project looked into the actual practice and performance of selected LGUs in terms of human resources management and development (HRMD) compliance, patterns and trends, scoping of HR good practices, and areas for policy recommendations.  The study validated the varying levels of competency, resources, and performance-oriented institutional reforms. It recommended coming up with differentiated standards among LGUs, as recognition of the differing capacities.

Madrasah Education in the ARMM – Updating the Profile and Assessing the Impact of BEAM Support to the Pilot Madaris (January – April 2010):The project assessed the impact of AusAID-funded project Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao. The project generated the opinions of students, teachers, school principals, religious leaders (Ulama), parents and community representatives on the benefits they received/gained from the Madrasah schools (Madaris), particularly the learning materials and teaching methods.

Mindanao Productivity for Agriculture Commerce and Trade (MinPACT) Baseline Study(December 2014-March 2015)–MinPACT is a project implemented by ACDI-VOCA with funding from the US Department of Agriculture.  It focused on three prime commodities of Mindanao – cacao, coffee and coconut – with the primary aim of increasing the incomes and strengthening the capacity of smallholder farmers and value chain actors, as well as improving farm management practices, increasing productivity and product quality and access to services and markets.  Between January to March 2014, ISEDI conducted a baseline survey and interviewed 770 household respondents, 166 control respondents, 170 value chain actors and 91 key informants.  The results of the baseline established the pre-MinPACT condition of the farming households and their enablers in MinPACT project sites.  Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP-2) – AusAID Baseline Study (July – Oct 2013 and Jan-April 2014, 2 phases):  This covered 41 selected municipalities throughout Mindanao and 6 Regional Offices of the Department of Agriculture. The total number of respondents was 495, represented by municipal and provincial staff involved in the implementation of the MRDP-2, cooperative and association beneficiaries, and agri-business entrepreneurs.  The baseline study generated the baseline data on the AusAID Technical Grant’s performance indicators.  The technical grant aimed to improve the delivery of frontline agricultural and fishery services to the local agricultural sector.

CONVERGE Midline Assessment Project (The Asia Foundation)

The Asia Foundation (TAF) tapped ISEDI to conduct a Midline Assessment of the Project – Countering Violent Extremism through Responsive Government-Civil Society Engagement in the Philippines (CONVERGE) in nine project areas in the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.

The CONVERGE project aims to: 1) build the capacity of local non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), and key stakeholders to identify and effectively address violent conflict and build community resilience; 2) address specific peace and community resilience needs in vulnerable local population segments through small grants to LGUs and local NGOs, and 3) increase coordination among LGUs, local NGOs, researchers, and key stakeholders to improve their ability to address violent conflict and strengthen community resilience sustainably through collaborative, self-financed initiatives, and programming.

Project Start Nov. 2021 and Ends May 2022

August 2017 Report

Farm Support and Extension Services of the Sugarcane Block Farm Project – DAR

Highlights from the Sugarcane Block Farming (SBF) Project Implementation in Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region

The Institute for Socio Economic Development Initiatives is currently implementing the Sugarcane Block Farming (SBF) Project in three regions, Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region (NIR). The project aims to introduce better and cost-efficient sugarcane farming practices, improve farm productivities of block farm enrollees and enhance the skills of ARBOs in agricultural entrepreneurship.

Negros Island Region (NIR)

ISEDI, as the service provider for the SBF in the NIR, has continuously monitored the progress of the techno demo and nursery farms that were established.

In Lot 1, the techno demo farms boast of a 90-97% germination rate (GR). In general, the varieties that were planted are growing at a remarkable pace. However, in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, leaf scortch was observed in some of the plants. Their nurseries, on the other hand, report a 60-90% germination rate. The low GR in Nieves Agro Agrarian Reform Cooperative (NAARC)’s 1.4 hectare nursery is attributed to the rainy weather conditions during planting.

The accomplishments per individual ARBO are as follows:

Codcod Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (CARCC) completed the drainage canal for their techno demo farm on August 7. For their nursery farms, off-barring, 1st and 2nd fertilization using inorganic fertilizers, side dressing of organic fertilizers (OF), and replanting were also done in August.

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June Report 2017

Sugarcane Block Farming

Updates from the Sugar Block Farming (SBF) Project Implementation i n Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region

The implementation of the SBF Projects in Regions XI, XII, and the Negros Island Region (NIR) is progressing at steady pace with a few minor setbacks in some areas.


Region XI’s SBF implementation for this month mostly revolved in capacitating our farmer beneficiaries. Last June 13-14, 2017, ISEDI-AdDU as the service provider facilitated the conduct of Farm Planning and Budgeting with the targeted Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) farmer cooperators of the two (2) assisted ARBOs. PARBUF had seventeen (17) participants on June 13, while COBARBMECO had twenty (20) the following day. The objectives of the activity  were: 1) to prepare the ARB farmer cooperators enrolled in SBF for an advance planning on their own farm land in planting the sugarcane crop ; and: 2) to provide ample time in accessing and or acquiring additional capital for the establishment of their individual sugarcane farm.  Sugarcane planting material or “lacsas” of high yielding varieties will be provided from the established nurseries of the project during cutback time scheduled by November and December of this year.

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May 2017 Report

Sugarcane Block Farming

Updates on the Sugarcane Block Farming Project Implementation i n Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region

Negros Island Region (NIR) 

The month of May signals the end of the second quarter for the SBF implementation in the Negros Island Region (NIR). As such,an assessment of the quarter’s activity was conducted on June 2 in Bacolod City. It was attended by representatives from DAR, the ARBOs, other service providers, and ISEDI.

During the assessment, ISEDI reported its accomplishments for the second quarter in terms of trainings, irrigation services provided, techno demo farms and nursery farms established. For the trainings, the ARBOs of Lot 1, 11 and 12 have all been trained in Soil Sampling (Module 1), Land Preparation (Module 2), Planting and Planting Materials (Module 3), and High Yielding Varieties (Module 4).


April 2017 Report

Sugarcane Block Farming

Updates for Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region

Report to the President - April 2017_001ISEDI’s Sugarcane Block Farming Project in Region XI to date has a total of 7.2 hectares with 4 hectares from PARBUF MPC and 3.2 hectares from COBARBEMCO. The areas are intended for the establishment of nurseries and demo farms to be planted with high yielding varieties of cane points.  ISEDI, together with COBARBEMCO, are currently in the process of scouting for the remaining .8 hectare to complete the 8 hectares’ requirement for the implementation of SBF Project in the area.

Soil Analysis of the farm in Davao del Sur was already conducted and the results were the basis for the purchase of farm inputs required. Land preparation for the farm  intended for sugarcane crops was done simultaneously with the soil analysis. All 7.2 hectares of land will undergo land preparation. Currently, 4 hectares have already undergone land preparation and have been planted with high yielding varieties – Phil 99-1793, PSR 2k-11, and PHIL 2k-171.

The area is also in the process of being geotagged to guide DAR and other stakeholders during their monitoring activities in locating the established HYV nurseries and demo farms areas using Google Earth.


June 2016

ISEDI takes on active role in capacitating ARBOs in Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental on CCA-DRR

june2016ISEDI was tapped by DARPO Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental to facilitate in the provision of  CCA-DRR capability building activities to its assisted ARBOs in Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. ISEDI is expected to deliver the following to DAR and ARBOs: Climate Proofing Strategy Guide, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Practices Guide, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Methods and Approaches.  ISEDI is partnering with CCA-DRR experts to beef up its in-house resource persons to deliver adult-learning CCA-DRR inputs that include: Basic Climate Change Science, Climate Change Scenarios, Responses to Climate Change-Mitigation Adaptation, Understanding the impacts, vulnerability and linkage between Climate Change and Disaster, Impacts of Climate Change, Linkage between CCA and DRR, Methods and Tools: Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation, and Designing a community based adaptation project.

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January to May 2016 Reports

May 2016

Balik Uma Updates

may2016The month of May brought forth more activities for ISEDI and BALSA, as both organizations endeavored to improve the lives of the farmers covered by the Balik Uma project. ISEDI and BALSA staff met in Haran to identify several types of farm tools to be purchased based on the farmers’ needs. These farm tools included scythes, digging bars, pickaxes, sprayers, and shovels. During the same meeting, it was also decided that the Food for work will also be provided to the farmers while they are working in their farms. A total of 175 scythes, twenty five (25) digging bars, thirty (30) shovels, fifty (50) pickaxes, and ten (10) sprayers, along with fifty sacks of rice were purchased.

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April 2016

ISEDI in Thailand

apr2016The staff of ISEDI went on a six-day Learning Expedition trip to Thailand on April 7 to 13, 2016. During the trip, the staff were inspired by the Thai government’s support for their Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The Thai government plays a major role in the development of their MSMEs by assisting them in the acquisition of Food Safety and Quality Standards, providing them with a link to International Partners, and setting up of Credit Banks. This level of support comes as no surprise, as MSMEs play a significant role in Thailand’s economy.

MSMEs enjoy the Thai government’s assistance in developing the quality of the community’s products through the “One Tambon, One Product (OTOP)” program and..

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March 2016


jan2016ISEDI, in its capacity as the PPM Service provider for DAR ARCCESS Batch 3, has monitored the series of activities conducted by DOSE. As the Agri-Extension service provider, DOSE carried out Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and Direction Setting for the ARBOs in Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao del Sur from March 1 to March 15, 2016. The activities were designed to determine which interventions were needed and at the same time, inform the ARBOs about DOSE’s intentions as the AES. The activities were participated by officers and potential farmer technicians of each ARBO.

DOSE’s activities continued on March 28-29 with the conduct of the Training on Cacao Technology on Production Management. Twenty five (25) Farmer Technicians (FT’s) attended the training as well as some of the PHMPC BOD located in Purok 5, Sitio Baracayo, Brgy. Daliaon Plantation, Toril District, Davao City.  The two (2) day activity’s main focus was on top grafting technology in raising cacao.

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February 2016

feb2016UP-Valuing and Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLCEP) – Department of Agrarian Reform (Province of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur,  Davao Oriental and Davao City)

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)’s Up-Valuing Support Project is helping selected Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) improve their market performance through product development and market development.  The Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ISEDI-AdDU) was commissioned by DARRO XI in October 2015 to assist at least 1 ARBO per province  in the conduct of the simplified market study, a series of capacity building activities, composed of technical advice, mentoring, and formal training and FDA Accreditation.  The ARBOs included in this project (Up-Valuing Support  or UVS) are:  AMS Employees Fresh Fruits Producers Cooperative (AMSEFPCO);  Agraryong  Reporma Samahang Kababaihan (ARSK);  DAVECO Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative The ARBOs come from Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur areas in the Davao Region.  Two of the ARBOs are producing banana flour, and the rest are producing durian yema and pastillas, squash pancit canton, pineapple and coco vinegar, banana chips and coco-corn co fee. As of press time, ISEDI is focusing its efforts on completing the task that have yet to be implemented for the two (2) assisted ARBOs in Davao del Sur.

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January 2016

Batch 3 of DARRO XI’s ARCCESS Kicks Off

jan2016On January 8, 2016, ISEDI officially began its activities as the Progress and Process Monitoring (PPM) service provider of the DAR – ARCCESS Project for Batch 3 (Lot 11- PPM-A and Lot 11 PPM-B). This batch covers four (4) provinces in Region XI; Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley.

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March 2015 Report

123Mindanao Productivity for Agriculture Commerce and Trade Baseline Study Presentation

ISEDI team submitted the MinPACT Baseline Study report after the survey was completed in February 2015. On March 18, 2015, Ms. Deanna Bandayanon, economist and  study Team Leader presented the result of the Baseline Survey to the representatives of ACDI/VOCA,a US-based non-governmental organization, and  to the representatives of United States Department of Agriculture.

The MinPACT project collaboration between ISEDI and ACDI/VOCA was concluded with the presentation of the highlights of the study to the Mindanao Stakeholders.

1234Geographic Information System (GIS) Training

The Tropical Institute for Climate Studies (TropICS) of Ateneo de Davao University organized a training on Basic Geographical Information System (GIS) on March 9 to 14, 2015 at Ateneo de Davao University Conference Room. For the said training, three ISEDI staff – Krizza Mahinay, Dale Canezal and Carl Mariano – participated the activity along with other participants from other organizations such as Kapwa Foundation, Philippine Eagle Foundation, DOLE Philippines, and Foundation for the Philippine Environment.

Department of Agrarian Reform: ARCCESS BDS Project

12345Region 9   For the final month of ARCCESS BDS project implementation in Region 9, the ISEDI local staff presented during the General Assembly…

Region 10 ISEDI staff conducted a Business Plan review to the Cabanglasan Networking Community Association Board of Directors and representatives of the ten memberARBOs
last March 11, 2015….

Region 12  ARBOs under the BDS Project in Region 12 were assisted by ISEDI staff in establishing market linkages. ISEDI team also facilitated the expansion of the ARBOs enterprises….