Food, Water & Energy for Haiyan Affected Areas

 
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Nov 18, 2014

Self-produced Food After Relief Has Gone

It's been a couple of months back this 2014  when SIBAT started to prepare the affected communities for post food relief situation by training members of the 15 barangays of Tolosa Leyte to produce their own food and sustain their potable water systems through renewable Energy.    The 15 focus barangays are Burak, Capangihan, San Vicente, Malbog, Cantawiris, Olot, Burak, Quilao, Tanghas, Telegrafo, Opong, Canmogsay, Olot,San Roque and Poblacion proper. 

From June to September, intensive trainings were conducted for production of two main crops, namely, rice growing and diversified vegetable production.  A total of 198 trainees took the trainings, 92 are regular farmers and 86 are secondary cultivators being barangay officials, health workers, nutritionists and  teachers.  The latter group were tasked to integrate the sustanable food production know how into their respective constitutencies as part of continuing restoration work in agriculture and food sufficiency while rebuilding work progresses. These are done through establishment of a common production-demonstration farm collectively managed by the comnunity members and through individual farmer cooperators adopting the production technologies as models in their respective farms.   

The Integrated SustainableRice Production (ISORP) were introduced to revive back rice farming for the 11 rice growing barangays under a non-chemical farming system.   To date 44 farmers from these barangays adopted ISORP that features organic fertilization of the soil, use of improved rice varieties instead of hybrids, intermittent irrigtion and straight line method of planting to optimize sunlight. 

 Vegetable Food Production were pursued and formalized by two barangays through formation of vegetable growers association, a first in the history of the farming community.  These are the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA)of Brgy. San Roque with 43 members and the Quilao Organic Farmers Association in Brgy. Quilao  (QOFA) with 17 members. For the 12 barangays, tools were distibuted with a set each or rotary weeders, rice harrowers ad rice hull carbonizers. 

With the efforts, the families were able to provide and have access to vegetable food supplements, revival of soil health and seed improvement.  Potable water through photo voltaic or gravity-applied distribution system is still a work in progress with the limited resource for full rehabilitation work. 

Monitoring, technical advisories in continually building the community through their farmers association is a regular task undertaken to sustain and improve initial efforts  


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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

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Maria Pilar Castro-Pablo

Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines

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