ISFI is host to 29 Ateneo Marketing Students who are undertaking their practicum this summer 2012. These students had their exposure to the businesses of ISFI’s assisted groups: JEGNA nata producer, ICOW (Island Garden City of Samal Council of Women), SMSNAI (Smokey Mountain Scavengers and Neighborhood Association, Inc), RER, Apo ni Lola, Baganihan, BASEAS (Bato Seasweed Farmers Association) and NAGAMA (Nagkahugpong Gagmayng Mananagat sa Tuban). The students’ assignments were to make in-depth case studies of these People’s Organizations which are engaged in microenterprise and in different levels of organizational maturity. They were to assess and provide recommendation on the areas of improvement of these POs.
ISFI hosted 12 Ateneo 4th Year Political Science Students for their Practicum Requirements. These 12 Students were sub-divided into 3 groups and assigned to: facilitate the conduct of IEC or Information, Education, Communication on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at the Resettlement Area in Tibungco, come up with a documentation of ISFI’s 2011 Accomplishments, and provide technical assistance to ISFI-assisted entrepreneur. The 12 practicum-students were able to accomplish the following: 111 residents of Tibungco were provided IEC on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and linkage with Davao City’s 911 strengthened; ISFI accomplishment report 2011 was drafted and promo collaterals for the entrepreneur Arnel Raakin of Apo ni Lola were enhanced.
JICA Awards Assistance for Enhancement of Operation and Maintenance for Strategic Regional Infrastructure Component for ARMM Social Fund for Peace and Development to ISFI-Ateneo de Davao University
The ARMM Social Fund for Peace and Development (ASFPD) is a program that aims to reduce poverty and support mechanisms for the promotion of a peaceful and safe environment . The program focuses on the poor and the conflict-affected poor communities, specifically the women, youth and community groups, improving their capacities and their access to better employment opportunities, higher household incomes and food security. It also provides different social and economic infrastructure and services to its target beneficiaries. Finally, it works for improving local governance and institutional capacities in the ARMM, so that local resources are appropriately allocated and managed.
Tibungco Community Extension Activities
In preparation for the Kasalan at Binyagan ng Bayan, ISFI project staff Ma. Theresa Mates closely coordinated with Fr. Roy Mejias of the St. Francis Xavier Parish for the requirements to be provided participants to the mass wedding and mass baptism; more…
Evaluation of the Economic Impact of GEM Infrastructure Projects
Dr. Greg Gajewski, Assessment Specialist of LBGI wrote in a report to GEM and USAID, and we quote “The study has two purposes. The primary purpose is to evaluate the economic impact of GEM infrastructure projects over 2002 – 2010. The secondary purpose is to see the extent to which GEM infrastructure has had an effect on peace and order in the Barangay in which it is located. The results show that GEM infrastructure has a positive impact on the incomes of households in the Barangay where GEM infrastructure is located. Barangays where GEM infrastructure is located…. more…
ADDU Inter-Office Collaboration for Community Extension
•An Action Planning Activity with Theology Advisers, Mr. Noriel Rogon and Mr. Winifredo Nierras was conducted relative to the students’ culmination activity.
•During the Culmination Activity last August 28, 2011 the students gave to their host families (45 households) the following:
1.Groceries for each family
2.“Trapal” for Encarguez family to protect them from rain
3.Livelihood (Complete set for Banana Q business ) for the family of Marisan and Ernie Osorio
4.Used Clothings and shoes
5.School Supplies for Children
6.Food for their Lunch cum Salo-salo
ADDU Inter-Office Collaboration for Community Extension
•ISFI signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Theology Department for the 125 Students’ Community Immersion at ISFI assisted community in Tibungco.
•Attended and provided updates to the BLGU during its Barangay LGU Session.
•Held series of meetings and planning for the Kasalan and Binyagan ng Bayan Phase II for the K4 community in Tibungco to be held on October 20, 2011
As one of the outreach arms of the university, the Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISFI) continues to bring Ateneo’s ideals and human resources to communities striving to improve their economic condition. ISFI shares its experience on research study, environment and enterprise development, while exploring new partnerships with other organizations and local government units.
ISFI collaborates closely with Ateneo Theology Division for Community Extension to enable a total of 75 Ateneo students to have their practicum in ISFI- assisted areas. The students will start with their practicum/ exposure in ISFI assisted communities on July 17.
TIBUNGCO COMMUNITY EXTENSION PROGRAM
Last March 10, 2006, several Tibungco scholars of Fr. Bob Hogan sought the help of ISFI to assist the Smokey Mountain Scavengers and Neighborhood Association, Inc. (SMSNAI).
The community is one of the most vulnerable in the city – for they compose of the former scavengers who used to live in a dumpsite along the Diversion Road, Ma-a, Davao City. The City Government of Davao relocated these people to a resettlement site, some 25 kilometers from the city proper. The distance has severely limited the economic options of the community, as well as their access to basic social services.
ISFI, immediately after request, deployed community organizers in the area to assess their living condition.
The project “Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas Project (EFOS)”, specifically the component 4 – Conventional and Parametric Crop Insurance, has introduced the microinsurance concept to the poor. EFOS chose to pilot the microinsurance awareness promotion in Leyte Island and identified the rice farmers to be the primary audience/participants.
HR Policy Review covers 30 LGUs Nationwide
30 LGUs all over the country, 10 in Luzon, 10 in the Vizayas Region and 10 in Mindanao have shared their actual HR practices/processes and performance, budget allocation for HR, staff complements and HR-related policies for the Study that is meant to assist the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in advancing HR reforms that will create enabling policies and programs to professionalize the HR function. ISFI has been commissioned by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) to undertake this study.
Mindanao-Rural Development Program (MRDP)
ISFI’s 2 MRDP proposals for the Conduct of Natural Resource Management-Participatory Rapid Appraisal under the Grant and Loan Package of the Program have been approved. It will soon sign contracts to do NRM-PRA in Malalag, Davao del Sur, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, Datu Blah, Maguindanao and Lamitan, Basilan.