Updates for Region XI, XII and the Negros Island Region
ISEDI’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.
ISEDI leads the Assessment and Sustainability Planning for ARBO-Beneficiaries of DAR-ARCCESS
With less than a quarter to go prior to the end-of engagement of ISEDI as Process and Progress Monitoring (PPM) service provider of Department of Agrarian Reform – Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Project, A week long assessment and sustainability planning as held in Davao City from July 7 – 11.
The activity gathered the key DAR – ARCCESS point persons at the regional and provincial levels and the representatives of Lead Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs), Babas Foundation, Development Options and Social Entrepreneurship, Sugar Regulatory Administration and ISEDI
Tackled in event were the following: process of the agricultural technology and extension (AES) service providers in terms of delivering their gargets, reasons of variances between…
Conduct of the End-of-Project Evaluation for the WB-AusAID Technical Assistance Grant to MRDP2
The Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) – Ada[table Program Loan Phase 2 (APL2) is a recipient of Technical Assistance Grant (TA) from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). This grant is entitled “Technical Assistawnce for Governance Reforms Supporting Frontline Agricultural Services Investment Delivery”.
Based on the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Project Completion Report TA grant co-financed the capacity-building activities to “strengthen the institutional capacity of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the participating local government units (LGUs) in the trust to operationalize a decentralized…
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.
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.
• 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
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.
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 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.