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. 

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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
Apr 2, 2012

Start-up Activities of Microhydro Power Project for Maducayan Tribe in Natonin, Mt. Province

The Maducayan Microhydro project team is composed of Electrical Engr. Carlo Fabia, Mechanical Engr. Diana Benato, Community Organize & Chemical Engineer Myrna Herisano, and MHP Technician Generoso Elveña.   

Major accomplishments thus far were on the technical planning and implementation of the Maducayan micro-hydro project.  Specifically the following activities have been accomplished:

  • Design finalization:  This includes resurvey of existing MHP, redrawing and recalculation of civil work structures that need repair or modification among them were [1] silt basin which will now serve as the new forebay; and [2] penstock and powerhouse relocation (considering and optimizing flow and head requirement for the MHP) to avoid massive and critical soil erosion at the old site.
  • Technical fabrication: This includes start of assembly work in the major electro-mechanical components such as the crossflow turbine and electronic load control (ELC).  Fabrication work is chiefly supervised by SIBAT engineers and technician at SIBAT’s shop in Pangasinan.
  • Procurement and haulage of project materials: This primarily involved participation of local partners such as the Episcopal Diocese of Santiago (EDS) and the people’s organization, Maducayan-Linayan-Natonin Farmers Association, Inc. (MLNFAI) performing materials canvassing, procurement and actual haulage of the lots from the road end in Brgy. Saliok to Brgy. Maducayan. 

It should be noted that two recent super typhoons that struck the area altered the project landscape that somehow pointed to the weak spots in the existing civil work structures (e.g., intake, forebay, penstock and power house locations).  These changes brought the SIBAT technical team to review, recalculate and modify the technical design parameters and integrate these in the final project design.  

Project start-up activities involved a series of community consultations, planning and organizing, engaging all partners – SIBAT, EDS and MLNFAI to review the project history, accept and learn from past mistakes and collectively resolve to complete the hydro project.  Indeed, social preparation process has been equally difficult as the technical side, with SIBAT designating its community organizer, Myrna Herisano, to allot more time with the community and engage them in several consultations, planning and implementation.

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