Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.

Since our establishment in 1984, SIBAT envisions a just and sovereign society that upholds genuine development through people-based science & technology. SIBAT commits to develop, promote and popularize the application of appropriate technologies towards attaining village-level sustainable development in poor communities. As such, SIBAT have gained significant breakthroughs in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, genetic conservation and water systems development. By the end of 2022, SIBAT's goals are: 1. Self-reliant and resilient communities that have adopted appropriate technologies and can adapt to the effects of climate change. 2. Institutionalized structures and mecha...
Apr 10, 2014

Sustainable Agriculture: 1 Step Towards Rebuilding

Orientation and Training of Sustainable Agriculture was held on February 19- March 2, 2014 in the 15 Barangays of Tolosa, Leyte as a first step towards rebuilding communities' food security and livelihood  through crop production. 

The orientation - training on Sustainable Agriculture was conducted in 4 clusters composed of 4 Barangays per cluster (Cluster 1 - Barangay  Opong, Tanghas, Telegrafo and San Roque; Cluster 2 -  Barangay Imelda, Olot, Poblacion and Doña Brigida; Cluster 3 - Barangay Capangihan, Canmogsay and Malbog; and Cluster 4 - Barangay Quilao, Burak, Cantariwis and San Vicente). 

Participants were composed of the local government officials (barangay captains, local agriculture workers, nutrition and sanitation workers and barangay health workers) and farmers. A total of 193 participants were trained from the 15 Barangays of Tolosa.

The participant’s learned about Sustainable Agriculture principles and techniques on Korean Natural Farming (KNF) formulations and Bio- Intensive Gardening and Food Always in the Home (FAITH) which they now implement in their barangay community farms and individual backyards.

This is the 1st step towards rebuilding, more way to go, more steps needed... 

There is another batch of Sustainable Agriculture training for other clusters in Leyte, Samar and Cebu. 

 

A brief video documentation was prepared out of this endeavor. 

Links:

Dec 20, 2013

Light of Hope! Seeds of Life!

ASSORTED VEGETABLE SEEDS
ASSORTED VEGETABLE SEEDS

Lights of Hope! Seeds of Life!

Time is of the essence in our rehabilitation work to support the Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte in the Visayas.

To start rehabilitation, well nourished bodies are essential --- food and potable water will be needed. 

SIBAT have formed two (2) technical teams (composed of agriculturists, engineers, technicians and development workers) and conducted technical assessments to 4 communities in Samar and 5 communities in Leyte last 9 to 13 December, 2013.

The objective of the technical assessment was to --- a) to create community profiles of target communities focused on the damage, needs and priorities of the communities, b) to know the rehabilitation plan of the communities, c) to know the status of agriculture production, water and energization of the community, and d) to identify point of commitments and partnerships.

The teams also brought with them assorted seeds of vegetables and solar lamps to distribute to the communities.

The seeds of vegetables provided were identified based on the objective of being able to provide additional food source for the households especially during the transition period from the relief efforts towards rehabilitation. Why vegetables? We have selected easy to grow, early and medium producing vegetables and those which are part of the diet of the households even before the typhoon. Vegetables also, since it will provide a more natural and wider source of nourishment for the family.

We also brought along with us 10 solar lamps and 2 solar lamps with battery charging capability. These were given to the communities visited during the assessment.

The assessment was able to identify the top 5 priorities of the communities that we had visited:

1. Food security during the transition period from relief to rehabilitation

2. Potable water system rehabilitation and development

3. Livelihood support and assistance during the rehabilitation of the coconut farms

4. Energization --- Energization of disaster areas promised to be accomplished by December 25 is only for the town centers.

5. Livelihood support and alternatives for coastal communities --- boats and nets and other materials were damagedand lost during the typhoon.

We now solidly linked our place in the rehabilitation plan of the communities and in the coming year --- SIBAT will help in the aspects of food production, water rehablitation and energization. 

For the seeds that we gave to the communities, we have incurred the cost of five thousand one hundred twenty one pesos and sixty eight centavos (Php 5 121.68) and for the solar lamps, the cost was seventeen thousand forty pesos only (Php 17 040.00). 

The solar lamps were given at a lower cost as arranged by SIBAT from the supplier as their help in the rehabilitation effort.

We will be posting other reports with regards to this activity.

Engr. Rodel showing how to use the solar lamp
Engr. Rodel showing how to use the solar lamp
children cuing to fetch water in a rationed tank
children cuing to fetch water in a rationed tank
long ride to an upland community - habal-habal!
long ride to an upland community - habal-habal!
focus group discussion
focus group discussion
Spot map showing washed-out households in Samar
Spot map showing washed-out households in Samar
Dec 3, 2013

Farmers as Sustainable Agriculture Trainors

Nanay Hamina in the training in 2009
Nanay Hamina in the training in 2009

Farmers teaching their fellow farmers is the best model of spreading sustainable agriculture and of multiplying the good production practices in the communities towards achieving food security.

In 2009, we had conducted a training of trainors to some Central Visayas farmers who have been selected by their fellow farmers. Each farmer was a scholar of their farmers organization and of some funds from donors. 

"I have to leave my vegetable garden and it has to be watered everyday and on tuesday and thursday I have to harvest so it can be sold in the local market. It is very difficult for me to go away but my fellow farmers gave their trust in me that I can train them the way that I will be trained here... They've shouldered my responsibilities and created a schedule so that each of them can attend to my vegetable garden while I'm away ... so that my family will not hunger even if I'm away. In a way, I am now a scholar of my organization."

--- Benhamina ; Farmer from Cebu

There are other trainings through the years that we have done. Each farmer who have been trainors have helped so much in the improvement of food production of their organizations' members.

Last October 15-16, these farmers have helped in the conduct of a Sustainable Agriculture Fair in one of the communities to show their gains. The event is timed with the celebration of World Food Day to show how they have developed into a self-reliant community and that they have now achieved a certain level of food security.

There are a lot of things still be done, and you, our family from the Global Giving Community is a big part of this dream which is now becoming a reality --- Self-reliant farming communities and food security to all!

Nanay Hamina in the SA Fair 2013
Nanay Hamina in the SA Fair 2013
community training center
community training center
booths showcasing harvests of a cluster of farmers
booths showcasing harvests of a cluster of farmers
another booth of good, fresh food
another booth of good, fresh food
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