Philippine Business for Social Progress

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Dec 9, 2014

Mangrove Reforestation in Typhoon Haiyan-hit Areas

Newly planted mangrove propagules in Bantayan,Cebu
Newly planted mangrove propagules in Bantayan,Cebu

The devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan forced the Philippines to consider what could mitigate storm surges and extreme weather conditions that are now expected to be the norm as a result of global climate change. Both environmentalists and scientists agree that mangroves can serve as “buffer” and shield human settlements from the maximum strength of storms. Still in line with the original objective of helping the fishermen and farmerfolks affected by the typhoon, PBSP’s Mangrove Rehabilitation Program in Bantayan plans to reforest at least 90 hectares of the island’s coastal areas.

Through the generosity of the GlobalGiving Community, PBSP completed the reforestation of 10 hectares of mangrove cover of Bantayan Island last October 2014. Mangrove trees are an important ecosystem and its rehabilitation is needed to protect the communities from future harm caused by storm surges. It is expected to restore the breeding and spawning grounds of fish and aquatic species to support the livelihood of these communities, too.

On behalf of the fishermen and farmer-beneficiaries, thank you for your support.

Moving forward, PBSP targets to reforest 52 hectares more by end of September 2015 and needs your continuous support to make this happen. The pooled cash resources will provide for the planting of propagules, maintenance/re-planting and monitoring of the same for a year, community mobilization and engagement. The fisher folks will be the source of the propagules to be planted and will be tasked to maintain the reforested site.

This project will also engage various stakeholders and aims to formulate future environmental management policies for the protection and preservation of the island’s ecosystem, achieve improved protection against natural disasters, ensure greater food security, and increased household incomes for local communities. It is expected to impact 2,600 households locally.

PBSP also partnered with another organization that would train micro-entrepreneurs, the housewives of the farmers and fishermen, providing the beneficiaries with cash grant for the retail store makeover, loan facility for initial inventory and training/capacity-building. The presence of the retail stores is seen as vital in the whole ecosystem of flow of products and services within the community in order to stabilize prices.

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Aug 1, 2014

Project Update as of July 31, 2014

THANK YOU for your support!

Your donations have enabled us jumpstart the livelihood of Haiyan-affected farming and fishing communities.   Briefly, our assistance focused on the following:  

  • Reviving and rebuilding retail trade or small community stores in Leyte province.  In local parlance, we refer to there as sari-sari stores, which are the common livelihood of the women in the farming and fishing communities in Haiyan-devastated areas.   We revived the women’s retail trade by repairing their stores, provision of small inventory small capital and training on store management.  As an added benefit, the project provided temporary jobs to local workers in the reconstruction of stores.

 

  • Rehabilitation of the mangrove cover of Bantayan Island in Northern Cebu through establishment of mangrove reforestation sites. Mangrove ecosystems provide livelihoods, and coastal protection. Through this effort,we also aim to increase the participation of local communities in the conservation of coastal environment.

To date, your support has resulted in:

  • Repair and revival of 44 sari-sari store owners benefitting 44 households directly. These stores have helped make basic goods more accessible to the immediate communities in 7 barangays in Palo, Leyte Province.

In partnership with Hapinoy, women store owners were trained on basic business recordkeeping. They also received loans from our partner microfinance institutions of P8,000 each to buy their initial stocks. Hapinoy is PBSP’s partner organization committed to “developing highly-skilled and empowered micro entrepreneurs who are running sari-sari stores so they could build a sustainable business and bring more impact at the community level.”

  • Ongoing rehabilitation of 34.6 hectares of mangrove areas in Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan Island lost 27% of its mangrove biomass due to Haiyan. The mangrove areas are now threatened as well as livelihoods of fishing communities and its coastal protection against natural disasters. In partnership with the Zoological Society of London, we are using science-based methods to rehabilitate the mangrove sites. We are also empowering communities to protect the remaining mangrove forests.

What’s next on our plate?

  • Repair and enhancement of the sari-sari stores
  • More trainings on cash flow and risk management, and analyzing store financial data
  • Hand holding store owners as they practice correct record keeping and store management
  • Completion of biodiversity survey
  • Planting of appropriate species of 346,000 mangrove seedlings
  • Maintenance of the reforestation area by community based organizations
  • Regular checking for plant disease and inventory to determine the survival rate

 

The Mayor of one of our assisted municipality said: “Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left my constituents and others in Visayas roofless and homeless but never hopeless because of the immediate support shown by organizations like PBSP.”

PBSP could have not done it without your support through Global Giving!


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Feb 21, 2014

Project Update on Rice Production for Livelihood

Dear Donors and Partners,


On behalf of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), I sincerely thank you for immediately responding to our call for assistance when we, in the Philippines, were struck by one of the most devastating disasters that ever hit the country.

 

Without your unwavering support, we could not have reached our countrymen whose lives and livelihood were changed by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

 

The funds we raised through our Global Giving page were pooled with funds from other sources. As of March 31, we have received $ 1,998,461.67 through your generosity and of other individual donors, corporations, and funding agencies. Of this amount, $ 1,847,177.39 came from corporate donors; $ 33,552.11 from individual donors like you; and $ 117,732.16 from funding agencies and PBSP’s existing relief funds.

 

Of the $ 2 million received, we have spent 36% or $ 728,696.54, which benefitted 23,485 families, and 7,066 students and teachers on various relief and early recovery efforts on relief, livelihood, shelter, education and health.

 

To make your donations more sustainable and help revive the livelihood of those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, PBSP has distributed motorized boats, fishing gears, planting materials and rice seedlings for farmers, carried out cash for work strategies, and funded fishing projects in Iloilo, Biliran, and Cebu. Enclosed is a summary of our efforts with your support and our plans for the remaining funds.

 

Again, THANK YOU for your generosity and confidence in PBSP and for being instrumental in rebuilding lives and communities. Truly, the power of many is more strategic in achieving a sustainable and lasting impact.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

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RAFAEL C. LOPA

Executive Director

 

 

  

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