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.
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 …
Mr. Satoshi Yoshinami, an AISEC ( Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce) intern assigned at ISEDI visited two (2) of the assisted enterprises: Apo ni Lola and Elmar’s Porkskin, where he had the chance to observe and interview the entrepreneurs on the services provided by ISEDI.
He also participated in the Three (3) day Basic Business Skills Training – Batch 2 for JICA assisted Capacity Building for Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA)conducted by ISEDI last February 27 to March 01, 2013 at El Bajada, Davao City Hotel.
Six (6) Political Science students did their practicum in ISEDI areas. The students underwent orientation on the nature of work and projects implemented by ISEDI and meetings pertaining to their expected outputs.
LINC Initiatives – Linking Instruction and Community EngagementInitiatives
29 Ateneo 4th year Marketing students completed their practicum at ISFI assisted micro-entrepreneurs/enterprises.
City Profiling – Inventory of Informal Settlers
The biggest ever survey conducted by ISFI is the Inventory of Informal Settlers in the City of Davao. The project covers more or less 20,000 respondents in selected 9 barangays in Davao City. The study intends: 1) To account the number of households occupying in danger zone areas; and: 2) Data gathered as input in the preparation for the proposed formulation of City Comprehensive Shelter Plan. The criteria for selection of the barangays are: 1) Located in a disaster prone area; and: 2) High density. This project is in partnership with San Lorenzo Ruiz Socio-Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (SALORSEDFI) and the City Government of Davao.
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.
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 and Recommendations’ Project Kicks Off
Aptly titled – Policy Review And Recommendations On The Role Of HRMD Office As A Strategic Partner In Institutional Reforms in Local Government Units , this new project of ISFI kicks off this month of May and is commissioned by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility.
The Study 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 professionalise the HR function. ISFI Study Team composed of Joel Lasam, Rald Lampauog, Bing Sobrevega-Chan, Tita Francisco, Deanna Bandayanon and Joy Cabo will gather HR-related government regulations, policies and considerable evidences to assess the current state of affairs of the HR functions in LGU’s at different levels – municipality, city and province in Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao.
Madrasah Study Presentation with Ausaid and other Donor Agencies. On June 11, 2010, the Madrasah Study will be presented to about 50 people representing the Donor Community including Ausaid. To be highlighted in the presentation are the findings and lessons learned to wit: Finding 1: Project development and delivery is not just a matter of providing a package of training, financial and material support.
The 12th Founding Anniversary of the Smokey Mountain Neighborhood Association, Inc. (SMSNAI) was a success! We started by celebrating a mass, proceeded with the Medical Mission, distributed the goods and medicines, had fun with the contest on the cleanest household and block and the parlor games. Let these pictures convey what happened last October 20.
Acknowledging those who helped:1. Ateneo Community 2. Fr. Kim Lachica, S.J. 3. Fr. Roy Pejias of Tibungco Parish 4. Tibungco Choir 5. Dr. Ellen Lacorda of Tibungco Caritas 6. Bunawan Health District 7. UNIFRUTTI Services, Inc. 8. Julies Bakeshop 9. Ofﬁce of City Mayor 10. Ofﬁce of Councilor Leo Avila 11. ISFI Friends and Consultants