Coal-Fired Power Plant: Monitoring the Construction Progress and Other Preparatory Activities Prior to Operation.
The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) and the Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI), is part of the MultiPartite Monitoring Team (MMT). The team is organized to encourage public participation, promote greater stakeholder vigilance and provide appropriate check and balance mechanisms in the monitoring of project implementation.
DAR-ARCCESS: Monitoring Progress and Process in the Provision of Agri-Extension Services to Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations in Davao Region
Attended BoD and GA meeting, ISEDI gave brief orientation on PPM and AES for DAR-ARCCESS Project. Imparted the importance to sustain their organization and encouraged them to continue what they have started despite all the ups and downs they experienced which, eventually, will hone them to become more effective, efficient and stronger organization.
Attended various meetings conducted in respective Provinces…
ISEDI commEncES BDS actIvItIES In zamBoanga pEnInSula
It’s now official! ISEDI has signed on as Department of Agrarian Reform – Region 9’s (otherwise known as the Zamboanga Peninsula) new partner for the project: Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). Last April 12-13, 2014, Ms. Jocelyn E. Cabo together with the Filed Team Leader (FTL) Ms. Mary Ann D. Porquillo and four (4) CBEOs visited the provincial offices of DAR in Region IX and formally signed the contracts.
This project becomes ISEDI’s second engagement on the project ARCCESS — the first one is well on its mid-way mark, with ISEDI providing the Process and Progress Monitoring for the Davao Region.
Regional Dialogue on Creating More and Better Jobs
The Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI) was invited to attend the World Bank-sponsored “Regional Dialogue on Creating More and Better Jobs”, held last March 4 in Davao City.
The activity aimed to provide a venue for an indepth dialogue on strategies that would address the challenges of creating more and better jobs.
Further, the dialogue also emphasized the need for the different stakeholders to work together to support the jobs agenda.
NGO Selection of Representatives to the Local Special Bodies
ISEDI was invited by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to participate in the NGO election of representatives to the Local Special Bodies (LSB) last March 6, 2014 at the Garden Oases, Davao City. The LSB is part of the provisions of the Local Government Code, requiring each local government unit (LGU) to encourage and enable the active people participation through organized representation in local legislation and in the planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of local programs and projects.
Project: Process and Project Monitoring for DAR-ARCCESS
For its project with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), ISEDI monitored the activities of the Development Options and Social Entrepreneurship (DOSE) and Baba’s Foundation, Inc. (BFI) as they capacitate the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs)
The type of activities centered on Direction Setting and Business Planning for banana and rice-producing ARBOs in Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. The ARBOs were also taught on how to handle properly their common service facilities, i.e. tractor, thresher and flatbed dryer.
ARBOs in Davao del Sur attended a training on vermiculture while the ARBOs in Davao City received advisory services on preparing Business Plan on Cassava Flour Production and Marketing, and Cacap Production Technology.
• ISEDI is a host once again to AdDU 4 Marketing Students and AIESEC exchange student from Sri Lanka for their practicum. An orientation and expectation setting activities have already been conducted for both groups.
• The ADDU Students were brought to Tibungco for their community exposure with ISEDI assisted community –SMSNAI. Prior to the students’ community exposure, a coordination activity was conducted by ISEDI with the officers of SMSNAI.
Baseline Studies under the AusAID-WB Technical Assistance Grant to MRDP 2
ISEDI revised the final report based on MRDP comments and recommendation comprising of the four (4) components of MRDP-2 namely: Rural Infrastructure (RI), Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD); and, Natural Resources Management (NRM). The fourth component, Investment for Governance Reform (IGR) is expected to integrate the results of these baseline studies as one of the bases for the continuous enhancement …
ISEDI joined the SMSNAI community in celebrating its’ 16th year founding anniversary with fun activities such as dance contest , search for little Ms. SMSNAI 2013 and a contest on “Community Clean up Drive” where residents competed per block in cleaning up their surroundings and decorated them with flowering plants . The contests declared two (2) winners per block and were awarded with prizes in the form of grocery items
This year’s anniversary was participated in by more residents who expressed that they felt more inspired in knowing that they were the ones planning for the activity.
BALIK UMA: A Sustainable Agriculture Production Program and Rainforestation for Food Security & Community Resilience
Some of the challenges posed to the project were the infestation of pangyaw, leaf rollers and black bugs affecting about 45 hectares of corn and rice fields in Sitio Side 4/Bermuda, Compostela and the infestation of monkeys in Sitio Letter V, Monkayo.
The Sitios Letter V and S4/Bermuda in Compostela, Compostela Valley will finally have safe source of drinking water. After identifying a source of water and computing the distance here most of the households are concentrated, the people in Letter V and S4/Bermuda did a “bayanihan”, helped the Project Officers of Balik Uma, in carrying the water hoses and other materials. They also assisted in hose-line installation, setting of the intake box, and fitting of the coupling and reducer. The task was completed in 9 days, from September 5 to 13, 2013. Now, about175 households and other 250 individuals have accessed to safe drinking water, relieving women girls and children of the responsibility of fetching water from distant and unsafe sources.
Improving Farm Practices
Household in the project sites are starting to see the fruits of their own hard work, the corn and vegetables are growing well. The farmers and their household members are also learning new farming techniques that will maximize the fertility of the soil and prevent erosion.
SMSNAI ISEDI attended and witnessed the committee meeting held at the officeof the committee chair on City Housing, Davao City last September 27, 2013. It was discussed and clarified in the meeting -the status of the replacers including the role of the association (SMSNAI) in the identification and consideration of replacers.
Twenty-three (23) practicum-students from Theology 141 class assigned to ISEDI conducted a 2-day community exposure in SMSNAI (Smokey Mountain Scavengers Neighborhood Association Inc.), its adopted community in Tibungco Relocation Area. On the first day ,August 24, the students had storytelling and games to 97 children and on the second day, August 25, they conducted a Forum on Natural Family Planning to 48 men and women with resource speaker, Mr. Roy Cresencio R. Lina of the Natural Family Planning Center of the Ateneo de Davao University. Apart from the forum, a feeding activity and interaction with the kids were done by the students.
Balik Uma Campaign
As Balik Uma Campaign progresses its implementation, updating and monitoring of target and accomplished activities are continuously examined during the whole month of August. In Sitios Bango, Mambosao and Bongkilaton, food subsidy support and farm implements were distributed.
Farmers in Bango and Mambosao were done with the clearing and brushing of 2 hectares each of trial farm ready to be planted. The seeds will be provided by Masipag soon.
In Bongkilaton area, more than 2 hectares of trial farm has been planted with corn and 20 farmers have …
• Three (3) practicum-students from the Mass Communication Division are assigned to ISEDI. They will help produce a video documentation for Balik Uma Campaign Project.
• ISEDI also hosts one (1) AIESEC international student in the person of Ms. Fenzhi Chen from South China Agricultural University. She will make a research on the Chinese People’s situation in Davao.
• ISEDI assisted the Officers of SMSNAI (Smokey Mountain Scavengers Neighborhood Association Inc.), its adopted community in Tibungco Relocation Area in the preparation and submission of Letter-request to the Office of Vice President Binay and DSWD Sec. Soliman to address issues related to their housing program.
Production Program and Rainforestation for Food Security & Community Resilience This initiative supported by Ateneo de Davao University through UCEAC and implemented by BALSA Mindanao , ISEDI and POs in 5 communities is intended to provide alternative means of livelihood to small scale mining communities in typhoon Pablo affected areas in ComVal Province. It is also intended to achieve food security as an immediate concern and ultimately ensure self-sufficiency in food production; improve the farmers’ knowledge, skills and attitude in adopting improved and appropriate agritechnology; and develop resilience from onslaughts by corporate logging and expanding foreign mineral concessions in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province